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Re: You say that just because you disagree with the review
• Posted by: Anteru   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, October 3, 2003, at 5:20 a.m.
• IP Address: pd9e9fa21.dip.t-dialin.net
• In Response to: Re: You say that just because you disagree wit... (Markus D)

Good afternoon (here it is!).

"Clemmensen's review of Batman Forever nearly states the exact same opinion as the one at Soundtrack Express, and when those two sites agree, they are always right."

*Scream-to-heaven* God be merciful, he does not know, what he is writing!!!

If filmtracks.com and soundtrack-express were the non-plus-ultra in soundtrack-reviews, the twilight of the western world would have begun already . A review that has the ambition of beeing representative has to follow certain rules of objectivity. Filmtracks and Soundtrack-Express very often ignore these rules. Their reviews are polemic, inobjective, and very often purely false (mostly those of filmtracks, but also the Express has a tendency to that direction). It's not bad to know little about the works of music, but it's a shame, if you then still try to judge music, although you can only say what you like or dislike, without real objective reasons. But objectivity is the only thing that justyfies a review. Than the subtitle of the site should be "Modern Soundtrack Comments", so everybody know, that these are PERSONAL opinions, not objective recensions.

There are much better sites in the net than filmtracks, unfortunately not in English language, so many don't take notice of them. But also some anglo-american sites are very acurat and ambitious, when it comes to the attempt of being objective: musicfromthemovies.com or latterly also cinemusic.net for example.
That does not mean, that subjevtivity is abandoned from their reviews, but it has a much more humble value, than the objective criteria. And that's the way it should be. If you like it or not is not that important. Important is, if it's good qualitatively. After you stated that you can comment. But reviews by filmtracks ONLY comment, not value.

"Clemmensen has also given high ratings to recent Goldenthal scores (four and five stars, who would have thought!) so you can't say that he is a Goldenthal hater anymore."

You don't really think, that THIS does egalize the injustice, with which many Goldenthal-Scores are rated in here, which is a fact, do you?
TITUS, for example, is in many parts very challenging to the listener, but after some turns, it starts to work musically tremendously well. But it seems, that if it's a bit difficult for the first listen, it's very often already bad in filtracks' opinion. You really can find this regularity in many reviews. And beacause Goldenthal's music is very often some kind of bulky but yet still reveals its quality after some listening-turns (TITUS, ALIEN³, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, IN DREAMS), the reviews and ratings are, according to this, very amiss.
Thanks,
Anteeru

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