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Comments about the soundtrack for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Zimmer/Balfe)

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• Posted by: Flo   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, December 19, 2011, at 1:48 a.m.
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• Now Playing: Ralph Vaughan Williams - String Quartet No. 1

With all this personality culture and hype being made up by fans on the one hand and all the hate coming from the other, it gets pretty hard to enjoy or not enjoy the music on the basis that it's just music. I can agree with a lot of statements here about Hans Zimmer (I have no problem WITH the guy, whom I don't know, but I dislike people who want to hear the same all over again, in every movie, from every composer), but every time I try to give his music a chance, I also come to read some reviews on other sites or amazon, and there's tons of people raving about how genius the guy is. Come on, using woodwinds in a comical manner is not that genius, they have been used like that for hundreds of years also. Funny that he is now using instruments, considered for girly-men, nowadays ...

The Sherlock Holmes score is ok. I have no too big interest in seeing the movie really, so I can't say if it works or not, I guess it does - on some basic level. And that's so strange about his scores. On a basic level, in the movie they work great. But as an album alone, well they play into current popular music sensitivies, which is probably why a lot of people listening to electro can easily relate to his music as well (no insult intended!!!!), but somehow his composing style since Gladiator has become so limited. And lazy. And whenever he creates a new "sound", it's open to his pupils to copy it into their scores. So everything sounds a bit like this and that and again gets people raving how this or that composer took this or that sound but "made something new out of it".

Maybe the review shows a lot of bias, it's his opinion. But can the comments at least stick to something else than post polarizing statements? What do you think about it? Not, why do you love or hate this site.


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