Posted by: Vincent <Send E-Mail> Date: Monday, July 20, 2015, at 3:14 a.m. IP Address: 153.220-176-91.adsl-dyn.isp.belgacom.be
Now wait a moment... 'The Hans Zimmer power anthem craze?' How would you describe the majority of John Williams's themes, as lullabies? This statement is so terribly wrong! First, Djawadi didn't produce an anthem for his score, Debney confined himself to a variety of symphonic cues without any thumping bass or memorable themes. The only person who really did produce a power anthem is Brian Tyler! And my God, what a childish and boring anthem it is.
Is it just me or does it sound terribly childish to everyone? Also, could someone please pay Tyler a visit and tell him that strings are good at playing themes too? How many times do we have to endure horns and trumpets blaring that uninspiring theme? The lack of variety in instruments is what it makes so terribly incomplete. I simply don't understand how you can call the symphonic distributin adequate. Can you already imagine Doyle's incredibly fast progressions that could accompany this theme, or the majority of the score?
You're absolutely right about the performance being not bold enough, and that might be because it's too simplistic a piece of music to begin with. Also, I can't stress it enough, the missing layers of strings are really a pain in the ass for me. I wouldn't call the performance enthusiastic either.
Now you suddenly say Debney did write themes. Did he really? Weren't that just loose pieces of music without cohesion? Another contradiction: you rightly point out that the score lacks depth, yet the score isn't truly brainless? If you can't write for an entire orchestra, isn't that basically brainless?
I also think the finale battle sequences are so incredibly boring that an album this long isn't necessary. And four stars is way over the top.