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5.0 out of 5 stars "Let Angels Guide Thee..."
Comparisons with Hans Zimmer's brilliant soundtrack for `The Da Vinci Code' were inevitable, however I don't believe the two are so easily comparable. `Da Vinci' was an original piece of work, and by Zimmer's own admission, he "put more of himself into it than [he] has ever done before." The result was astounding: quasi-religious choral singing, tense strings and emotive...
Published on 8 Jun 2009 by Calvin Scholtz

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3.0 out of 5 stars Inoffensive but inferior to Da Vinci Code. Beware synths.
Zimmer takes his score to The Da Vinci Code and mixes in much of the soundworld from Batman Begins: chiefly ultra-low bass and thicker, lower harmonies and percussion. Unfortunately much suffers as a result: there is more that is very obviously synth-based rather than the live-synth sleight-of-hand Zimmer is famed for, and many of the choral passages sound either sampled...
Published on 19 May 2009 by Mr. I. M. Davis


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5.0 out of 5 stars "Let Angels Guide Thee...", 8 Jun 2009
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Calvin Scholtz (Cape Town, South Africa) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Angels & Demons (Audio CD)
Comparisons with Hans Zimmer's brilliant soundtrack for `The Da Vinci Code' were inevitable, however I don't believe the two are so easily comparable. `Da Vinci' was an original piece of work, and by Zimmer's own admission, he "put more of himself into it than [he] has ever done before." The result was astounding: quasi-religious choral singing, tense strings and emotive themes for Sophie and Langdon's quest.

The music for `Angels & Demons' necessarily reprises a great deal of material from `Da Vinci', as well as some of Zimmer's other movie scores, which his die-hard fans will immediately recognize. I believe that the album is as good as `Da Vinci', although the focus is on taking the listener on a roller-coaster ride rather than a pilgrimage. Whereas `Da Vinci' was at times meditative, this CD has you on edge from the start.

There is a more techno-sound to this score, too, as synthesizers are used quite often. But, I feel that this just re-iterates the thematic conflict between science and religion. Track 1, `160BPM', is the CD's crowning glory: it consists of male and female choirs (a metaphor for angels and demons) singing in counterpoint over an up-and-down motif (creating a `tick-tock' pattern, emphasizing Langdon's race against time).

`God Particle', the second track, features the film's opening music, a brief but spine-tingling version of CheValiers de Sangreal with by Joshua Bell on violin, which then morphs into a hellish choir that will later re-appear at key moments in the film. The music that follows it is from the scene involving the Large Hadron Collider, and is quite unique in that it serves the dual function of being both score and sound effects.

There is also a piano version of CheValiers de Sangreal that never quite reaches its most triumphant notes which is used at certain pensive moments throughout the film. Track 3, `Air', is also one of the best tracks: it feels like a suite of the most exciting themes from `Da Vinci' that have been given the 160BPM-treatment, so to speak. `Fire' and `Black Smoke' are equally good and round off the thriller music.

`Science and Religion' is an unexpected masterpiece. Running for 13 minutes, the music covers the exhumation of the Pope, as well as the Camerlengo's sacrificial helicopter flight and the antimatter annihilation. The scene is brilliantly done in the film, and this music is an essential part of it. Joshua Bell on violin is used sparsely but very effectively, and the music is haunting, ethereal and utterly transcending.

The final three tracks cover the story's denouement: `Immolation' follows the now-disgraced Camerlengo's suicide; `Election by Adoration' reprises a thematic element from `Da Vinci' used when Langdon unlocks the cryptex, but not included on the earlier soundtrack; and `503' is a protracted version of CheValiers de Sangreal done by Joshua Bell on violin. I listened to nothing else for a week after buying this CD!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inoffensive but inferior to Da Vinci Code. Beware synths., 19 May 2009
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Mr. I. M. Davis (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Zimmer takes his score to The Da Vinci Code and mixes in much of the soundworld from Batman Begins: chiefly ultra-low bass and thicker, lower harmonies and percussion. Unfortunately much suffers as a result: there is more that is very obviously synth-based rather than the live-synth sleight-of-hand Zimmer is famed for, and many of the choral passages sound either sampled or sidelined in the mix. This is a shame as he has juxtaposed what was presumably aimed to be an edgier and grittier score with some genuinely beautiful string solos and ensemble passages, although bringing in Joshua Bell was probably uncalled for. Zimmer also continues his habit of skillfully meshing his cues into more seamless suites, which makes for a far more enjoyable CD listening experience than his competitors. In the end, though, this feels like an action remix of the first score (the numerous thematic reprisals and variants are superior to new motifs) with a touch of The Omen added for good measure. Fans of the film will love it, fans of Zimmer will probably be philosophical of their expectations, more general film score fans may flag by the halfway mark and return for the final track's cheap 'Chevaliers De Sangreal' arrangement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars prezzy, 3 Mar 2014
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its really really good well worth the money come on buy it for all ages young and old he said
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quarenteed Hans Zimmer, 24 Feb 2014
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Zimmer is on of the best movie music makers! Angels & Demons soundtrack doesn't disappoint you, once again. Great CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSORBING AND STIMULATING., 19 Feb 2013
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AS EXPECTED FROM THIS COMPOSER.
ONE OF MANY,MANY SOUNDTRACKS THAT HANS ZIMMER HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH.
HINTS OF DA VINCI CODE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Zimmer does it again!!!, 22 May 2010
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I really enjoyed this score and like the film it is from rated it better in my opinion than the Da Vinci Codes score that Zimmer had done a few years earlier. I recommend to soundtrack fans and fans of the movie too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Great Score, 15 Jun 2009
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G Tunnah "George Tunnah" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you have seen the movie you will know how well this score is written.
The solo's by Joshua Bell are brilliant and the lingering ultralow frequencies in the longer passages fill out a vivid picture in sound. If you liked the da-vinci code soundtrack you will like this.
To sum up... this score is epic when exciting and beautiful when calm.
Keep 'em rolling Hans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars angels and demons cd, 3 Nov 2009
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a fantastic cd. One to sit back in your most comfortable chair and take it all in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 4 Oct 2014
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H. D. Mason "harry.m" (South wales..UK) - See all my reviews
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Disappointed withe film service was first class
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Oct 2014
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Really good.
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