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Williams' War of the Worlds

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Williams' War of the Worlds   Friday, August 12, 2005 (11:12 a.m.) 

This was only OK. When I watched the film, which I really liked, I felt attracted by the score. And I noticed, as well, that it didn't contain a theme in particular. It is more like random and unrythmic music. Even with all this cons I dediced to buy it. It impressed me a little bit because it turned out to be better than I hoped. When I visited filmtracks.com, I noticed that two tracks contained Morgan Freeman's dialogue. And although I've never enjoyed dialogues over music in soundtracks, now I think that Freeman's inclusion in the soundtrack was a wonderfull idea. Specially because of what he says. The dialogue is absolutely great. The rest of the soundtrack it's a little annoying sometimes, because of its lack of thematic material. And the best track by far is "Escape from the City", which includes a small theme and a percussion that will leave spellbound. I think this score would have been better if it had sound like Jurassic Park.
JMG

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JMG
Re: Williams' War of the Worlds   Sunday, August 14, 2005 (10:13 a.m.) 

'Escape from the City' is my favourite too. I think it's the most complex track and thrilling as well, etc.

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JMG
Unrhythmic?   Monday, August 15, 2005 (11:45 p.m.) 

> This was only OK. When I watched the film, which I really liked, I felt
> attracted by the score. And I noticed, as well, that it didn't contain a
> theme in particular. It is more like random and unrythmic music. Even with
> all this cons I dediced to buy it. It impressed me a little bit because it
> turned out to be better than I hoped. When I visited filmtracks.com, I
> noticed that two tracks contained Morgan Freeman's dialogue. And although
> I've never enjoyed dialogues over music in soundtracks, now I think that
> Freeman's inclusion in the soundtrack was a wonderfull idea. Specially
> because of what he says. The dialogue is absolutely great. The rest of the
> soundtrack it's a little annoying sometimes, because of its lack of
> thematic material. And the best track by far is "Escape from the
> City", which includes a small theme and a percussion that will leave
> spellbound. I think this score would have been better if it had sound like
> Jurassic Park.
JMG

I think the action sequences on War of the Worlds soundtrack are all about the rhythm. Just listen carefully to these driving rhythms and really complex orchestrations when music 'jumps' flawlessly between brass, string and percussion sections. On the beginning I also found it a little bit mess, but more I have listened to it I discovered more rhythm, almost like some machinery or clockwork that this music has. Same situation is with the "General Grievous" track from ROTS, it is incredibely complex and rhytmic and intense action music provided by Williams. Even Spielberg in liner notes notices that this music is so rhymic and primal that one has to wonder how a composer with such a background could have so much abandoned his own style... But nevertheless I like it...

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