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This review is from: Avatar (Audio CD)Having read the other reviews I am going to be controversial and give this soundtrack 5*. As with all movie soundtracks, it is often hard to 'see' them as music in their own right. Not just the ambient 'noise' created to embelish the emotions being conveyed through the visuals. I loved Avatar and am still haunted by the images of Pandora. James Horner's score significantly helped to embed those memories and listening to the soundtrack brings them flooding back. Yes, Horner has a distinct style of composing and this 'voice' can be heard in all his movie scores (Titanic, Willow etc) but ultimately the Avatar score is moving and uplifting, mysterious and delicate. See the movie and listen to it in context, it evokes Pandora perfectly, but even alone it is a beautiful score.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2009 23:57:14 GMT
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Thanks. This is a good review to an outstanding film score. In my opinion, Horner is undoubtedly one of the best film composers of our time and is up there with the likes of James Newton Howard, John Powell, Trevor Rabin and Harry Gregson-Williams. You made a very good point that the soundtrack has to be listened to in the context of the film (and not in isolation). Also, whilst it is true that there are similarities with other 'Horner' scores this is undoubtedly a rich evocative score that should stand the test of time. If you liked this score you will probably like his other notable scores Horner: The Bicentennial Man and Braveheart - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. See also the review at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/vxm5
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