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Comments about the soundtrack for Matchstick Men (Hans Zimmer)

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Re: One question, Christian
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• Posted by: Christian Clemmensen   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2003, at 6:18 p.m.
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• In Response to: One question, Christian (Nate U)

> "The score can get on your nerves, however. Unless you
> specifically seek the score for its specific atmosphere, its
> happy-go-lucky spirit and similarly themed songs could test your patience.
> There is only so much of that zippy, light-hearted comedy writing from the
> 50's that a person can tolerate before fearing that you'll get one of
> those false 50's-era smiles plastered permanently on your face."

> You seem to be complaining of a lack of variety in the score, that the
> "happy-go-lucky" light hearted spirit of the score gets
> tiresome. But then here later in the paragraph...

The latter part, yes. But not the lack of variety. The final cue, as well as the source cues and that techno cue do vary it a bit. Still, the amount of 50's swing can be significant enough to get on the nerves.

> "Only one Zimmer score cue is remarkably out of place; the
> techno-laced "Tuna Fish and Cigarettes" cue (a coming of age
> burst of reality) is an abrasive shot into the musical future and does not
> fit with the surrounding Rota-like score."

> Now you criticize a cue which in fact is NOT of the patience-testing happy
> 50s music, BECAUSE you say it doesn't fit with the rest of the score.
> Isn't that the variety you were looking for?

There were songs that didn't fit, either, but that doesn't excuse the 50's style from potentially getting on the nerves.

On a side note: given the right mood, it might not get on the nerves at all.

> Would you care to explain yourself? The rest of the review was fine, I'm
> just wondering.

I could be in left field on this one... but I didn't see the contradiction. One part critiques the listenability of one section of the score, while the other part critics another cue for not fitting in with the rest of it.


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  • One question, Christian  (3373 views)
       Nate U - Wednesday, October 29, 2003, at 6:58 a.m.
    •      Re: One question, Christian  (3135 views)    We're Here
         Christian Clemmensen - Wednesday, October 29, 2003, at 6:18 p.m.
    •    Re: One question, Christian  (3157 views)
         Levente Benedek - Wednesday, October 29, 2003, at 9:42 a.m.

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