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Roman Dlouhý
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Maximus the Spaniard
:-(   Tuesday, June 18, 2002 (7:15 a.m.) 

As of this moment, the day the soundtrack gets official release, the score has 11 negative clicks (1-star vote). I wonder if these eleven guys are disappointed fans who have bought it somewhere and gave it appropriate number of listenings to find it that extremely bad or, and this might be the case, they have floated in here from other, their favorite, composers' sites not having, alas, noticed the album's release date. I mean in case they are no die-hard fans, it's cool they have managed to get the album so soon. What a merchantability! :-)

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Roman Dlouhý
Indeed.   Wednesday, June 19, 2002 (11:34 a.m.) 

We should answer some questions before being able to vote, or something...

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Pawel Stroinski
Re: Indeed.   Thursday, June 20, 2002 (5:47 a.m.) 

> We should answer some questions before being able to vote, or something...

Answering a question for themselves would do I foretell; a question whether they have heard (it) enough (times) to give this or that score a valuable click. If this "poll" is to have any sense or the potential to be a bit meaningful at least, which is something Christian might have thought it could serve, then let's make it fair. Speaking for myself, there's nothing to going to another reviewed score on this site and click like an unhinged whoever to vote down the score of my unpopular composer. But for what...?

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Roman Dlouhý
Re: Indeed.   Wednesday, September 18, 2002 (9:01 a.m.) 

> Answering a question for themselves would do I foretell; a question
> whether they have heard (it) enough (times) to give this or that score a
> valuable click. If this "poll" is to have any sense or the
> potential to be a bit meaningful at least, which is something Christian
> might have thought it could serve, then let's make it fair. Speaking for
> myself, there's nothing to going to another reviewed score on this site
> and click like an unhinged whoever to vote down the score of my unpopular
> composer. But for what...?

It's not a case of questions to be asked...

As you know (I wrote you an answer you didn't respond to) I am a Zimmer fan. I'm not biased against Williams, I actually listen to every score I like, no matter if it's Williams, Zimmer or Horner. I DO respect Williams.

But I have problem with his scores, mostly because they are pompous. I have a different problem with Schindler's List, of course, but it is an advantage. Some Zimmer fans may give the score 1 star, after listening to soundclips. They think the score's meaningless (it's not, IMHO). You Williams fans simply would give 1 star to EVERY single Zimmer score. Why? You think they're simplistic.

Of course, Zimmer can't write as complex orchestral works (technically speaking, of course) as Williams, but that's my argument against Williams. His works are often so complex, I can't find any melody in it. On the other hand, Zimmer and others do give satisfying and strong themes, while maintaining the the harmony between technique and melody.

The same is for emotions. I think most of recent Williams scores are emotionally void. I can't find any emotions, simple or not, there. There may be a bias against Williams, but other composers' fans expect the same that was before from your favorite.

This is why we can give Williams one star the first day after release. Take a listen into some Zimmer scores. Maybe you'll find something interesting, especially in synths. They are as complex as Williams' orchestra .

Respectfully

Pawel

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