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Battleship
(2012)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walter Fowler
Rick Giovinazzo
Kevin Kaska
Jennifer Hammond

Additional Music by:
Jacob Shea

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Co-Produced by:
Rick Rubin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 8th, 2012)
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Buy it... if you've always dreamt of hearing the excruciating sound of an MRI machine translated into music, in which case Steve Jablonsky's score will pierce your head with equally mind-numbing pain.

Avoid it... unless you crave the harsh, mechanized sound design that defines the most grating portion of the Hans Zimmer generation of muscular bombast and you have no issue with 87% of all the score's notes being pounded with ensemble unison on key.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,197
WRITTEN 5/18/12
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Jablonsky
Jablonsky
Battleship: (Steve Jablonsky) Don't be fooled by the attempts by Universal Pictures and filmmaker Peter Berg to attach their 2012 fantasy action movie Battleship to the classic board game. While there are basic similarities between some of the combat sequences and number of opposing vessels involved in the story, Battleship is little more than another pointless alien invasion film glorifying American military might. A small fleet of hostile alien ships lands near Hawaii and engages the terrestrial naval forces in combat, rendering some of their targeting systems useless in ways that require the hit and miss firing approach of the game. When exhausted of destroyers and other vessels, the humans have to resurrect the American Iowa class battleship Missouri (surely thrilling Japanese audiences) and use yesteryear's flagship and its ultimate phallic weapons to screw the aliens out of existence. Never mind that the USS Missouri and its three sister ships were decommissioned in the early 1990's; the movie would have been more interesting if the humans had lost the battle because of the kind of turret-exploding mishap that occurred aboard the USS Iowa in 1989. Naturally, the movie leaves open the possibility for a sequel, so perhaps someone can raise a Yamato or Bismark class battleship from the bottom of the ocean, scrub off the rust, put it back together, and continue blasting away at alien ships with other giant phalluses of the past. Hell, even something from the Dreadnought era of the 1900's would suffice, as long as it has appropriate phalluses in the form of 12-inch guns. Let's not forget some wretched characters and inexcusable dialogue for the concept, too, an aspect of Battleship clearly deemed unimportant by those who awarded the movie over $200 million in grosses. Berg's opinion of movie composers is poor ("They're difficult and pretentious"), but he loves Hans Zimmer and was handed Steve Jablonsky as a consolation prize for Battleship. The director had worked with other Zimmer-associated composers in the past, including Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell (guess which is "pretentious"?), but he was thrilled by the workmanlike effort of Jablonsky. A veteran of the Transformers franchise, Jablonsky could handle an assignment such as Battleship with his library of discarded ideas from prior projects. From the sounds of it, he did precisely that. But having recently experienced an MRI for medical reasons, Berg instructed Jablonsky to sample the sound of an MRI machine for use as the musical identity of the aliens in this movie. The composer gladly did so, and for those of you who have been unfortunate enough to tolerate the excruciating sound of an MRI, now you have the pleasure of appreciating that terrible memory as a film score!

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Battleship = awful
Rob - May 30, 2012, at 8:18 p.m.
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BSOspirit's BATTESHIP REVIEW.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 77:26
• 1. First Transmission (3:17)
• 2. The Art of War (4:31)
• 3. Full Attack (3:53)
• 4. You're Going to the Navy (1:01)
• 5. The Beacon Project (5:07)
• 6. Objects Make Impact (4:38)
• 7. First Contact Part 1 (1:51)
• 8. First Contact Part 2 (2:08)
• 9. It's Your Ship Now (4:04)
• 10. Shredders (4:05)
• 11. Regents Are on the Mainland (2:43)
• 12. Trying to Communicate (3:15)
• 13. Water Displacement (2:18)
• 14. Buoy Grid Battle (3:02)
• 15. USS John Paul Jones (2:29)
• 16. We Have a Battleship (2:49)
• 17. Somebody's Gonna Kiss the Donkey (4:33)
• 18. Super Battle * (1:32)
• 19. Thug Fight (3:29)
• 20. Battle on Land and Sea (2:48)
• 21. Silver Star (1:54)
• 22. The Aliens (4:17)
• 23. Planet G (3:59)
• 24. Hopper (3:15)
* written and performed by Tom Morello

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