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Comments about the soundtrack for Legends of the Fall (James Horner)

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Good music, bad movie
• Posted by: Dave   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, January 30, 2004, at 12:17 a.m.
• IP Address: 66-27-117-85.san.rr.com

This movie strives so hard to be epic, and it's funny how completely it falls short. The only emotion it managed to muster was due solely to Horner's (at times overblown) melodic score, which could make the viewer forget about Brad Pitt's bad acting. Well, for a little while at least.

Horner's score is one of my 3 favorite of the last decade (Hook and Edward Scissorhands are the other two if you were wondering). The thing that makes this score such an enjoyable listen is that Horner takes an anti-cinematic approach to scoring the film. That is, he was going to compose emotional music first and foremost, then force it to fit into the movie. At times, the music seems overdone/not necessary for certain scenes in the movie.

While this makes the music iffy in the movie itself, the album is a very enjoyable listen. Almost every track is good and bears listening to more than once. Several themes are introduced, even as late as the second-to-last track. Also refreshing is that the themes are revisited and expanded upon with different tracks.

This remains to date Horner's best score. Almost every score he has written since LOTF has been aspiring to recapture its emotional impact, and only a few have even come close. This is a great score, and one of the very few albums that I would actually recommend buying. Most scores, you can just download the theme song from Kazaa- but this album contains all very pleasant tracks. Worth the buy.






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