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Comments about the soundtrack for The Perfect Storm (James Horner)
a surprise

Brian Hiebert
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a surprise   Saturday, September 9, 2000 (11:32 p.m.) 

Though I don't think he cares about my opinion, it seems to me that ever since Titanic James Horner is trying to prove to me that he is still one of my favorite composers. Maybe he's just trying to prove to himself that the Oscar wasn't a fluke. But ever since that other boat movie, Horner has elevated his work. First score that brought me back to enjoying his music was Mask of Zorro, a great score to a fun movie. Then there was Mighty Joe Young, another enjoyable romp. Now, Perfect Storm, which I think is the best Horner since Legends of the Fall. The review states the main theme is magnificent and it is, but what surprised me about it this time was how much Horner changes it through the score. Another on-line review mentioned its symphonic qualities, and I agree. This flows from the main theme, to dread, to elation, to more dread as the storm approaches. The listener gets caught up in the swirl of the music. Instead of being bored, or worn down by repitition, I found it exhilarating. I love Apollo 13 and Willow and don't catch the similarities, but perhaps my ear is just not tuned. I found Titanic to be a greatest hits of James Horner compilation held loosely together by a horrible title song. I know I'm in the minority, but I feel Titanic is just about Horner's worst. Perfect Storm, though far from perfect, captures more of the spirit of the sea, and the ocean, than that other movie score. Keep it going Horner. Whether you're proving it to yourself, or to the fans, keep up the good work.

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