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Beowulf
(2007)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Warner Brothers Records
(November 20th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you were impressed by the brazen choral chanting and modern edge to the score's extremely bombastic action sequences in the film.

Avoid it... if you're considering an album purchase based on the hype surrounding the score and the composer's reputation, for neither can compensate for music that lacks a soul.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #828
WRITTEN 12/7/07
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Beowulf: (Alan Silvestri) Despite being the oldest story in the history of the English language, Beowulf has been largely absent from adaptations to the screen. Director Robert Zemeckis tackles the ancient tale of warriors and monsters with the same rotoscoped filming methodology that created controversy for his 2004 film The Polar Express. Earning well in its initial weeks at the box office, Beowulf attracts both fans of animation and traditional action, with an epic story led by rotoscoped versions of a noteworthy cast. The project would mark the twelfth collaboration between Zemeckis and composer Alan Silvestri, who has been active with light drama, adventure, and comedy scores in between Zemeckis projects. In the adventure genre specifically, the bar was set high early in their collaboration, with no score in their pairing equaling the enthusiasm of their early work for Back to the Future. Expectations were significant for Beowulf, especially within the film score community, and it is perhaps in part due to this anticipation that the score has not been received particularly well by many in that community. Silvestri's recent journeys in the genre have been enjoyable and undemanding, with efforts like Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Van Helsing providing thrills that don't win awards but make for quite decent listening experiences. With Beowulf, it's easy to get the impression that Silvestri and Zemeckis were trying to hit a home run. The score is as ambitious as any Silvestri has ever recorded, both in the bombast inherent in the composition as well as the diversity of the recording ensemble. The orchestra is joined by a sizable choir and an array of synthesized effects to produce a "modern" action score that could possibly appeal to a younger audience. Interestingly, though, Silvestri's attempts to produce that generational merging simply don't "feel right." In these regards, the score seems as artificial as the rotoscoping visuals. It's probable that what Silvestri was aiming for was the kind of genre-bending sound that John Debney accomplished well with The Scorpion King, a score that makes much better use of the electric guitar with an orchestral ensemble. The balance between the elements in Beowulf isn't handled as well, and with a choir that shouts more than it sings, the score is unsettling in its anxious push to impress you. Parts of it do indeed capture your interest, but others are simply aggravating.



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578 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.28 Stars
***** 126 5 Stars
**** 149 4 Stars
*** 136 3 Stars
** 98 2 Stars
* 69 1 Stars
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Not very original
Mediantic - January 7, 2008, at 3:36 p.m.
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Funny!
ddueck - December 28, 2007, at 8:51 p.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - December 17, 2007, at 2:26 p.m.
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Alternate review of Beowulf at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - December 15, 2007, at 5:39 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:27
• 1. Main Title (0:56)
• 2. First Grendel Attack (1:53)
• 3. Gently As She Goes - performed by Robin Wright-Penn (1:38)
• 4. What We Need is a Hero (1:43)
• 5. I'm Here to Kill Your Monster (1:49)
• 6. I Did Not Win the Race (2:18)
• 7. A Hero Comes Home - performed by Robin Wright-Penn (1:09)
• 8. Second Grendel Attack (4:03)
• 9. I Am Beowulf (4:34)
• 10. The Seduction (4:04)
• 11. King Beowulf (1:47)
• 12. He Has a Story to Tell (2:43)
• 13. Full of Fine Promises (1:14)
• 14. Beowulf Slays the Beast (6:04)
• 15. He Was the Best of Us (5:26)
• 16. The Final Seduction (2:27)
• 17. A Hero Comes Home - End Credits Version* - performed by Idina Menzel (3:13)
* co-written by Alan Silvestri and Glenn Ballard

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