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Golden Compass / OST

Golden Compass / OST

1 Jan 2007
4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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I absolutely love this CD, so being a fan of the film I just had to buy it! I wouldn't compare it to the music of "The Lord Of The Rings", though, because both Howard Shore and Alexandre Desplat are equally fabulous composers, and Desplat has created a good number of introspective and moody pieces for "The Golden Compass" in his own right. The tracks on this CD are all marvelous; when it comes to the dark side of the story, I find that the track entitled "Mrs Coulter" positively drips with honeyed notes until it very suddenly abandons the pretense of niceness and gets really, seriously nasty. This same unsettling sensation is also in "Lyra Escapes", "The Magisterium", "The Golden Monkey", "Intercision" and even in such titles like "Letters From Bolvangar" where the music is all sweet to disguise the fact that all of the children in this scene from the film will soon have their souls cut away from them by scientists, talk about experimenting on humans! "Mother" isn't even such a lovely track either; if anything, the only way in which it is supposed to play out well, and boy is it done well, is in how Lyra really is Mrs. Coulter's daughter by the fact that they are constantly working against each other! To balance out these simply sinister tracks, there are ones that really focus on friendship and prophecy, such as the spellbinding titular track "The Golden Compass", "Lyra, Roger And Billy", the simply magical "Dust", "Serafina Pekkala", "Lee Scoresby's Airship Adventure" and a great many others.Read more ›
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It's no secret that Golden Compass wants to be the next Lord Of The Rings. It wouldn't be the first to try that. Unlike all other films in that vein, however, TGC gives it a darn good try.
The soundtrack is a similar, earnest-filled effort. If you love film soundtracks, or big sweeping symphonic orchestras, then this is right up your alley. It doesn't quite hit the giddy perfection of LOTR's soundtracks, but it comes surprisingly close.
The real highlight on here, though, is the final track; 'Lyra', sung by Kate Bush. It's haunting, sparse vocals backed up by nothing but a harrowing, distant choir is chilling stuff that will send a shiver down your spine from it's bleak beauty.
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In a style reminiscent of Howard Shore's work on "The Lord of the Rings", Alexandre Desplat has composed music quite literally for a parallel universe, interweaving several themes and leitmotifs in an astoundingly operatic way that blends frenetic action-music with more subtle and emotional tunes.

"Prologue" introduces the theme for the Alethiometer (let's be honest: it's not a compass, nor is it golden!), a simple yet haunting progression from chiming gongs to strings and choir, as if we can feel the Dust slowly moving the device's hands as it seeks to answer the questions that Lyra will later pose it.

The most prominent theme is a soaring but often ominous melody that seems to reflect the idea of traveling to other worlds, and it features most grandly in "Sky Ferry". "Letters from Bolvangar" is a touching piano piece while "Lyra, Billy and Roger" shows us a rare light, impish moment in the story.

After "Lyra Escapes", she becomes immersed in the exotic world and music of the various cultures she encounters. There's percussion and woodwinds for the Gyptians, women's choir and bells for the witches and a single male ethnic voice together with synthesizer for the Eskimo-like Samoyeds.

The introduction of Iorek also brings two new themes: one for the friendship he will build with Lyra, and one to represent his status as the true Bear-King. When Lyra is in "Captivity", Ragnar's theme is brought to the fore, a cold solitary piano chord underscored with a muted choir and brass.

"Battle with the Tar-Tars" is undoubtedly the best track on the CD: the music that accompanies the witches as they join the fray is both triumphant and transcendent.
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The Golden Compass lifts your spirits musically. Though I found the film to be less than perfect, hardly adding anything new to Pullmans work, he has praised it's inventiveness and clarity in depicting his worlds, so this does render critics mute and despite what you may think about the film this score is beautifully put together. I am sure as soon as the dvd is out with all the scenes extended there will be more music to come, there is clearly going to be extra scenes to put back into the film because there is so much scope to add more giving clarity to what is a very richly complex film. This is probably one of the finest recordings this year!
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