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Man of Steel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Version] [+digital booklet]
Man of Steel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Version] [+digital booklet]
Price: 7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars strength in repetition, 3 July 2013
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What is a soundtrack?

The best soundtracks have been called both evocative of the film or project they represent whilst maintaining sufficient individuality to be considered a piece of music in their own right. Before I go on, let me say I haven't seen Man of Steel at the movies yet. I collect soundtracks, I play them whilst writing to increase my emotions and those of the words, and I listen to them in the car for story inspiration and see where my imagination takes me as the music carries me along.

Therefore, I am not going to describe the track listing, what is strong, what isn't, and relate them to the film or the spiritual journey of the lead character.

Been a fan of Hans and his "stable" of composers for years so on first listen via youtube I downloaded this (always a sucker for deluxe edition extended versions) and given it several listens so far.

So is it any good?

For the most part the music is good, but the strength is it's greatest problem and the reason why I only gave this 3 stars.

It's repetitive. There are maybe three or four main themes repeated often in the entire score with minimal variation. Several of the tracks blatantly go down the line of...

Take a theme.
Repeat.
Add more instruments repeating the same theme.
Add drums, and continue to repeat.
Get louder and continue to repeat.
Get even louder still. Have your ears had enough? Well here it comes in the crescendo, even louder again!

So, in a nutshell, it's hardly Hans' most original or challenging soundtrack and a lot of what he does here sounds like variations on a theme. Worst point? One track is almost entirely played by what sounds like an urban drum band and it's a deafening rattle of monotonous percussion.

At it's height? I actually like the main themes, so whilst it was repetitive, it was enjoyable.although that does not necessarily make a good soundtrack. As such, it's great for writing to because you can get into a certain emotional mindset and let the music do it's job.

My advice if you're thinking of buying it? If you already heard the music in the film or on youtube and want more of the same, then you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for more complexity, it could be worth checking it out first on youtube to see if you like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good quality, 5 Dec. 2012
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Gears of War 3 (The Soundtrack)
Gears of War 3 (The Soundtrack)
Price: 7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars built on layers from the original, 23 Oct. 2011
Steve Jablonsky has either been listening to the reviews of his fans, or reached the same conclusion. Gears of War 2 OST hit a pinnacle with Autumn of mankind and armoured prayer to the extent that these two tracks have become the underscores of the Gears 3 soundtrack.

Whereas Gears of war OST satisfied, Gears of war 2 broke into new territory with the tragic story arc of the search for Maria Santiago, the music of Gears 3 also ramps up the emotional ties with the breadth and scope of the story. Music is a strange creature in anything we watch or play; it can enhance or punctuate a scene by its nature, and Steve has done wonders with this composition to highlight the emotional drama, sense of loss, and gravity that in war, this is 'it'- the final last stand of humanity in an all or nothing gamble to survive.

Never has music better fit this premise; that this time it's more serious. And with the scope of the story, so it should be.

"Gears keep turning" stands out as a brooding swell to the music, setting an emotional scene remeniscent of Armoured prayer (it's the same track reworked) but somehow darker and more explicit than its father. If Armoured prayer is the COG, Gears keep turning is Marcus- deeper, quieter, restraining emotion beneath its head rag with the brooding promise of violence to come.

For sheer action and heavy use of the brass section, even the violent tracks (hammer meets anvil, deathland dance) have surprising motifs that catch you out and elevate them from the normal "balls to the wall" fighting music.

The action scores are counterplayed against quieter, resonant tracks like "live for me" and the beautifully haunting "full circle" that, without spoilers, chooses to depart from the instrumental refrain of "mad world" we hear in the single player campaign.

I've followed Steve Jablonsky's music for a couple of years now and like his score for Transformers 3, the music for Gears 3 takes the originals and layers not only more complex arrangements, underscores the action with tragedy, but also adds the heart for one of, and in my humble opinion the best of all science fiction game series (Gears, that is; not transformers)

Only down side? I'd have actually liked the instrumental "mad world" as a bonus track, but that's a small thorn in a rose-like composition; beautiful, subtle, complex, and encompassing.


Dexter: Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dexter: Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael C. Hall
Price: 12.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, great start to a story., 18 Feb. 2011
The bad bits- about two episodes have commentaries and that's it.

The good bits- everything else!

If you're reading this you know the story- a blood splatter analyst for Miami forensics who leads a double life- he's a serial killer who limits his urges to removing bad guys, those who cheat law and order or think they're untouchable.

So how do you portray a sympathetic serial killer? Michael Hall excels as the innocently bewildered killer living in a world he doesn't understand, like a child with its nose pressed to the window of society. He can see it, he can try and empathize but he doesn't really get it. He knows he should, but the feelings just aren't there. He's "his own breed of monster", as he says. And its a great role.

Adding into the mix an array of characters- some complex, some basic, all just finding their feet and growing in layers the way a good series cast should, this is cliff hanger storytelling of a different sort. No-one knows his secret and you get attached to a number of characters in the supporting cast knowing that if they should ever find out just who Dexter is and what he does at nights, their number's probably up.

The humor comes from the social narrative, and it throws a great light on society, our unspoken rules, our customs, the way we "fit in" and how to behave in each situation. This series will have you thinking like an outsider, looking at the behavior that surrounds us in life with fresh eyes.

At twelve episodes the story's probably just long enough, and it's a case of quality over quantity compared to some 20-odd episode series out there.

If you're intrigued, if you can handle a different side of storytelling, and if you can handle Dexter's creepiness (he's not a character to emulate or admire, but he's eerily fascinating!), buy this series and give it a watch.


The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the movement of scale, 18 Dec. 2010
More soundtracks are written than ever before to evoke a sense of the story they help to tell but also as pieces of music in their own right, and this succeeds on both counts. It has strong and weaker moments, and I always wonder when I hear a soundtrack in which over a third of the titles were present in the opening first two parts just how many musical cues are re-used in later episodes. Minor quibbles aside, this is a fantastic piece of orchestration by Trevor Morris.
This is an expected soundtrack in its use of instruments and choral sections but who says the best soundtracks have to break new ground? With the orchestra and voices at our disposal, the music sweeps through cues not motivated by character, but by emotional themes within the story itself- fitting for a production involving sweeping themes as this. I expected a Gregorian re-hash of Caedfael and was pleasantly surprised.
Whether driving in the car, writing your own novels, listening in the bath or as abstract in the background, Pillars of the Earth is a rewarding, rich, and colorful soundtrack worthy of a place in anyone's collection.
Every soundtrack has a "moment' that moves you- for me, it's "quarry face off"- I loved it before i saw its use in the episode, and even more once I'd seen it put to more than effective use. As a track, it's a perfect blend of what a piece of orchestral soundtrack is supposed to do: motivate and enhance the emotions of the audience, and yet stand as an emotive, complex and evocative piece of music in its own right. On the basis of this, I'll be looking at Mr Morris' other work...

Oh, and as a PS: you download five bonus tracks well worth the price.


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