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Comments about the soundtrack for The Smurfs (Heitor Pereira)

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• Posted by: Edmund Meinerts
• Date: Friday, August 19, 2011, at 5:29 a.m.
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I'm surprised. Somewhat. But since you have, I might as well comment, as I seem to be one of the few people who bothered with this score.

Mostly I agree. However, I think I'd be a bit harsher on this score than you. First of all, you call the score "richly orchestral" - really? I mean, okay, it does use woodwinds, but that doesn't forgive the very obviously synthesized/sampled brass section, which sounds as thin as it ever did in a MV/RC score. Plus, the 67-minute presentation is absolutely too much - half that would have been more than sufficent. I'm not usually one to plug the tired old too-long-album argument, but here it's just painful. Overall I'd give this two stars, or maybe two on album and three in film if you're feeling generous. Somehow it doesn't seem right that this has the same rating as many of John Powell's far superior animated efforts.

Did you by any chance ever get your hands on the small demo of Pereira's Despicable Me score? That's a far more enjoyable and cohesive effort than this obnoxious one.

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