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Comments about the soundtrack for Oblivion (Anthony Gonzales/Joseph Trapanese)

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I agree...mostly...
• Posted by: Eric Marcy   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 8:14 p.m.
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Glad to finally get a review for this, as this film was one of my most anticipated of the year, and though it didn't live up to expectations, I still enjoyed it.

On the whole, I agree. The music is sadly simplistic, and the Zimmer plagiarism is obnoxious at times. "Canyon Battle"'s drum beat around the midpoint of the cue is Bane's chant material simply missing the deshi basaras. "You Can't Save Her" rips the terror motif, "Waking Up" and "Supercell" take heavy influence from the Batman scores as well. And yes, too much simple atmospherics and sound design.

However, there's enough good material here, I think, to warrant a three star rank as a guilty pleasure. I thought the heavily electronic performances of the main theme on "Tech49" and "StarWaves" to be absolutely flooring and quite unique, particularly "StarWaves". And the use of an organ on "Losing Control" and "Temples of Our Gods" is be pretty exhilarating as well.

Overall, I'd agree though. A disappointing score with what it could have been, though my roommates and I fell in love with the title track played over the end credits. I don't get your qualms with the vocal performance on that song: we loved it.

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