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This review is from: The Dark Knight Rises (Audio CD)
Another reason why I love Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy so much is because of the films' music. We owe both Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard a great deal of thanks, for not only helping to bring life to Nolan's vision, but also to embody the essence of icons like Batman and the Joker through stunning, unforgettable pieces of music i.e. `Molossus' and `Why So Serious?'.
For The Dark Knight Rises, it's a solo effort this time. Sadly, James Newton Howard departed after The Dark Knight, leaving Hans Zimmer to compose the soundtrack for the final part. However, I will say that there's NO cause for concern. Especially given that Hans' absolute flair for music has been crucial to such hits like The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and Inception (among others).
As with the soundtracks for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, this album features a beautiful array of distinctive, unforgettable pieces that capture the essence of the characters, the film's major sequences/moments and exemplary pacing.
The best examples of this are "Gotham's Reckoning" and "Mind If I Cut In?" - the themes for Bane and Catwoman respectively. "Gotham's Reckoning" is a tense, dramatic piece that just explodes into something truly titanic, whilst "Mind If I Cut In?" is quite a playful, delightful melody boasting soothing piano music. On the memorable scenes front, "Why Do We Fall?" is just an absolutely inspiring and heroic theme (best track here!), "Nothing Out There" is a poignant, heartbreaking piece designed to bring you down-to-earth, "Despair" turns out to be quite the opposite, and stuff like "Imagine the Fire", "Necessary Evil", "Fear Will Find You" & "The Fire Rises" are full of chaos, disaster, battle, aftermath that will take your heart along for an epic thrill-ride. The other tracks - "A Storm is Coming", "On Thin Ice", "Underground Army" & "Death by Exile" - are eerie, haunting compositions to beautifully establish moods and settings.
The icing on the cake is truly "Rise", which genuinely feels like Batman's last hurrah, embodying everything about the character, Christopher Nolan's achievement and the satisfying resolution through music which captures heroism, sombreness, courage, inspiration & hope in one fantastic finale. "Rise" is one track fans are simply going to put on a continual loop.
There's also something of an encore for fans with purchase of this album; a website link that will allow you to download three `exclusive' bonus tracks. Of these three, "Bombers Over Ibiza (Junkie XL Remix)" can be found already as part of the iTunes release (Deluxe version), whereas "No Stone Unturned" & "Risen From Darkness" ARE actually exclusive downloadable content with this CD only.
BE FOREWARNED! Trying to download these exclusive tracks was a MAJOR ORDEAL! I had all kinds of problems tackling things like Java Scripts (on BOTH PC & Mac) before I could finally access the bonus features, so a lot of patience and troubleshooting is advised. You may have a tough time on your hands like I did, but once you DO get a hold of the extra songs, you're in for a real bonus.
Like the rest of Hans Zimmer's illustrious work, The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack is just brimming with emotion, ecstasy and true majesty. A magnificent album to accompany an excellent movie. For both fans of Batman and music-lovers, this CD is a must-have.