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Comments about the soundtrack for Matchstick Men (Hans Zimmer)

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I just don't get it...
• Posted by: byro
• Date: Sunday, October 26, 2003, at 4:37 a.m.
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What is this bias that Clemmensen has against Hans Zimmer?

He continually bashes down his reviews for trivial reasons. Yes, Zimmer has made some mediocre scores before or experiements that haven't quite turned out right, and Clemmensen has been rightly critical of them before.

However, the nature of a lot of his other reviews simply don't make sense.

Specifically, why has he only given Matchstick Men 3 stars? The entire review showers Zimmer with praise for his melding together of genres and achieving his required mood, except for the last paragraph, which is meaninglessly stuck on in order to bash down the overall rating.

This paragraph claims that the score may "get on your nerves". Well maybe it will, but also... maybe it WON'T!!

How can you add such a comment? The whole point of a soundtrack is to deliver the required emotion and atmosphere, and this score clearly does it. It is not within the reviewer's right to smash down the acclaim of the score just because of the way the music comes accross on album happens to make him feel personally a little uneasy.

Matchstick men is a breakthrough Zimmer score with very sophisticated melodic writing and composition which we don't often get from Zimmer. Why, when this is so evident, and Clemmensen admits it, does he bash down the rating?

Take John William's "Jaws" as an example. Clemmensen has covered it with multiple 5 stars, and while acknowledging that it is hardly an "enjoyable" listen, his high acclaim for the score has been totally untouched. However, with Zimmer's "Matchstick Men" - which is obviously an easier listening experience than a bunch of choppy tension string motifs despite his other complaints - Clemmensen lets this insignificant detail drag down the entire review! Absolutely hippocritcal and unfair! I wish he would stop bashing down Zimmer's scores for such obscure reasons which he doesn't seem to use for any other composers.

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