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Comments about the soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer/Various)

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• Posted by: cs^tbl
• Date: Monday, July 16, 2012, at 9:02 a.m.
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Mind if I cut in?

So, I quickly sniffed through this one. Based on the review I was expecting everything that's considered wrong, ranging from MRI scans to blown up speakers.

So, after a quick listening snack: well, it's quite anonymous music really. You could edit any recent action flick with this music. So from that point of view, musically, there's nothing we haven't heard already. There's also nothing I'd consider interesting on album. Perhaps it works wonders for the movie, can't tell. But alas.. this is an album review website, so it's only fair to judge the stand alone listening experience.
It's all quite monotone, you're listening to 51 minutes worth of identical sounds, pitches and beats. But, within that what it is, technically it's produced well. It's not like it sounds crappy or anything. It's layered with tons o' things, and such requires good mixing. The problem is the content, or lack of it, and how to judge all that.

Imagine pudding for desert, what you put on it? Whipped cream, no doubt! This album is whipped cream, from start to finish. Nothing else, no pudding, no custard, no strawberry sauce, no chocolate, no nothing. No substance whatsoever, just whipped cream. Wherever you look: whipped cream. And I'm afraid the Zimmer machine has been making whipped cream for many years by now, how much more whipped cream can we expect before the -tasty- substance returns? The Zimmer-fanboys certainly like whipped cream, I guess. But don't they like something else, for a bloody change?

So, yea, this review o' CC is barely surprising. What does surprise me, however, is what's written in that most left column; the credits.

Had one n00b made this album the way it is.. fine. You can't win 'm all. I'm sure you'll find a number of students at music colleges, being able to do an album like this - after all it's not that difficult.

Now TDKR: shall we count along then?
* Six additional composers/arrangers
* Ten(!) orchestrators
* One ambient designer
* And some additional producers, of which I don't know whether they're music producers or more like process managers.

Either way (I'll ignore listing the conductors here), I count at least a whopping seventeen assistants for uncle Hans. For what? FOR WHAT? For *THIS*? How is it even possible to work with this many people on this kind of minimal music? Imagine yourself on a bike with someone else.. can you imagine saying: "I'll push the left pedal, you'll push the right pedal, hmkay?" I guess not.. (then again, I'm European, what do I know ) I don't hear anything for which you need this many assistants, UNLESS each involved person is simply not competent. Might this last situation be true, for heaven's sake: WHY? What happened with the era in which one (1) composer would compose, orchestrate and even conduct his own scores? And - and that's the contradiction - then end up with something far more entertaining than this "painting with one color".

Boy do I long back to the early years in the 90's..

"Nothing Out There" .. yea .. well, "Nothing in here" either.. ^_^

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