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Filmtracks Sponsored Donated Review
• Posted by: V.K. Dunlap   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 9:53 a.m.
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(The following donated review by V.K. Dunlap was moved by Filmtracks to this comment section in March, 2007)

Merlin: (Trevor Jones) I picked up this score on a "buy of faith," as I like to call it. Usually, I meet with great disaster. This time, I can say I was not disappointed. The album in general has all the themes anyone could want: romance, heroic, battle, villains.There are parts of this score that just whisk you away to the time of Arthur's knights. The magic is truly there. The themes don't repeat themselves too much, which is a general overall good thing. Some scores, like The Rock, go into over kill. (I'm not saying that The Rock is a bad score, it's just enough with the main theme all ready!). Merlin has a steady mix of all the different elements, so it makes for a great listening experience.

The only drawbacks to it that I can think of are two things. First, some of the tracks are about fourteen or so minutes long. It goes: big burst of theme... near silence... big burst of theme... near silence. You get the picture. This was done for dialogue scenes; at least that's my guess. Yet it still makes you want to skip to the next "loud" part. (Hence the advantages to more tracks!). The other bad thing about Merlin is that every once in a while, apparently when Mab enters, there is this metallic "ding." I didn't notice it at first, but after a few times through the album, the "ding" started to get to me.

These few "annoyances" do not take away the listening pleasure, however. This is a great CD to play as backround music, and just enjoy the more "exciting" parts. I love the entire CD, lack of tracks or not. If you're a sucker for Medieval stuff, liked the movie, or even didn't like the movie, this score is worth the buy. I bought the CD on a Friday, and I listened to it all weekend, over and over, and I'm still listening to it. If you want a "buy of faith," this is the one to go for. ****






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