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Apocalypto
(2006)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

Vocals by:
Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Terry Edwards
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Hollywood Records
(December 5th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are prepared to hear the appropriate and consistently brutal, unnerving, and harrowing musical atmosphere necessary for the film.

Avoid it... if you expect either an easy listening experience or any of James Horner's trademark romanticism, even in the smallest dose.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #581
WRITTEN 12/9/06
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Apocalypto: (James Horner) Despite the plethora of personal issues that Mel Gibson has to resolve, few can claim that he makes poor films. The challenge in making Apocalypto was even more difficult than the controversial The Passion of the Christ, though critics have hailed the gruesome film as being visionary. It is the story of a jungle tribesman who is captured (along with the others of his tribe) and taken to the Mayan city for a sacrifice meant to help ease the decline of the civilization. He has hidden his wife and son in the jungle, however, and he attempts a remarkable escape to return to them, and the lengthy chase is eventually followed by the arrival of the Europeans by sea. The film's settings are convincingly portrayed alongside a cast of speakers of the native Mayan language and other painstakingly realistic, historical depictions of the era. The sickening gore in the film is horrendously graphic, though, and no attempt is made by Gibson to gloss over the primal nature of the Mayan culture. This authenticity extends to the film's score, for which Gibson chose (after an absence on The Passion of the Christ) to reunite with James Horner, with whom he had collaborated twice, including the phenomenally popular Braveheart. Unlike their other scores together, however, Horner would not be working with a symphony orchestra. Instead, only a small group of soloists would join an array of synthesizers for Apocalypto, producing a more authentic environment for the culture. Horner's usual team of soloists would perform mostly on ethnic woodwinds and percussion, with sounds that Horner collectors will likely recall from his other efforts. Horner's synthesizer usage returns to the early days of career, and includes some electronic representation of strings and brass. He finishes the ensemble with vocalist Terry Edwards and Qawwali performer Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to provide a wide variety of sounds ranging from East Indian wailing to threateningly forceful throat singing. There is nothing truly resembling a Western influence on the score, even when white men venture into the story; at the most, their musical representation is strangely distorted.

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Average: 2.82 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 60:33
• 1. From the Forest... (1:55)
• 2. Tapir Hunt (1:31)
• 3. The Storyteller's Dreams (3:41)
• 4. Holcane Attack (9:28)
• 5. Captives (3:06)
• 6. Entering the City with a Future Foretold (6:05)
• 7. Sacrificial Procession (3:40)
• 8. Words Through the Sky - The Eclipse (5:11)
• 9. The Games and Escape (5:15)
• 10. An Elusive Quarry (2:15)
• 11. Frog Darts (2:45)
• 12. No Longer the Hunted (5:50)
• 13. Civilisations Brought by Sea (2:20)
• 14. To the Forest... (7:31)

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