Customer Review

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The score to Planes is a fun blast, and shows the best of composer Mancina, 17 Aug 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Planes / O.S.T. (Audio CD)
The score to planes is written by composer Mark Mancina, perhaps better known for his work on 90s films Twister and Speed. I have always liked him as a composer, and after a long dry spell regarding assignments and releases, this score, and the wonderful fantasy score for the game SORCERY last year shows no doubt he is still a fantastic composer. Planes is a largely orchestral score with some great writing for strings/brass/woodwind sections with the occasional choir thrown in for good measure.

You get about 45 minutes of Mancina's material, and it is superb. The score part of the album starts with "Planes" (Track 4), with a brass rendition of the Planes main theme with percussive elements and stings adding to the latter part of the track. This main theme is reprised often across the album in various guises. "Dusty Soars" is a favourite, as is the brilliant "1st Place" with hints of the main theme and choir towards the latter part of the track. There's an Indian/Bollywood influence to "Dusty & Ishani" (Track 13), but much of the album has a similar style.

Many of the score tracks are short - the longest is "Running on Fumes" (Track 15) running in at 3 minutes 11 seconds, and this is one of, if not the best track on the album. This is perhaps my only criticism, because the tracks are short there isn't much chance for much development within each track.

The sound quality is great as you would expect, and the strings and brass sections are mixed particularly well.

Regarding the 5 vocal tracks, Nothing Can Stop Me Now (Track 1), "You Don't Stop - NYC" (Track 2), Fly (Track 3), "Love Machine" (Track 27) and "Ein Crop Duster Can Race" (Track 28) , these were not my favourite tracks off the album. To be clear, I listen to mainly classical/film scores and thus I don't think these tracks were included on the album with someone like me in mind. Love Machine, which was a fairly tame Spanish style song and was passable, and the pop/rocks Nothing Can Stop Me Now/Fly were nothing to write home about. Kids might enjoy the sing song nature of Ein Crop Duster, but for anyone over the age of 5 this song has the potential to be harmful to your mental health. You Don't Stop was ghastly - I have never been a fan of r&b rap style tracks, and this seems very out of place on the album. There's no explicit lyrics so you won't need to worry about turning the volume down for the kids - but perhaps better still, bypass the track completely. For anyone who is buying the album for Mancina's material, if you avoid these 5 tracks your world will be a better place.

As a side note, I got the CD rather than MP3 version, and upon arrival the CD casing pretty much fell to bits as I took the CD out (it was securely packaged and within the original cellophane wrap). Not sure if this is a manufacturing issue or if I was just unlucky with my copy. The CD played fine though.

Overall, this album isn't the best score that I've ever heard, but it had a great theme and was an enjoyable listen. I hope Mancina gets more scoring assignments in the future because the guy is talented, and if you liked the score within the film, or like Mancina's previous work, you can't go wrong with getting the album. A solid 4*s from me.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer

L. Hubbard
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   

Location: Cardiff

Top Reviewer Ranking: 284