Posted by: Hip-Hjem Flodehyld <Send E-Mail> Date: Monday, January 28, 2002, at 12:17 a.m. IP Address: 126.96.36.199
First of all -I love this album. And I´m not even american! Stirring Themes in a way that only John Williams can write. Mr. Williams is the greatest no doubt about that, he alone is the reason to why I started up with filmmusic some 20 years ago. Well enough about that. What I will comment is the trend going on in filmmusic the later years - self-copying. James horner utilizes this "tecnique" to "perfection" (irony folks!). With Harry Potter and now the "american Journey" even maestro Williams reaches this territory to some point, but, importantly, not in a bad way! Harry Potter is closely relatet to Hook, and the American Journey have clear fragments of The Land Race from Far and Away (the first track), the Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, Nixon, Born On The 4th Of July and the theme in the "Woman/Civil movement"-track is suprisingly similar to the title theme from "Amistad". Williams does though borrow from himself in a much more subtle way than many other composers. He still brings freshness to his music and by thant he doesn´t sound old and tired like Horner or Goldsmith does when they copies themselfes.