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Beyond Borders
(2003)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

Vocal Solos by:
Caseline Kunene
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 18th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are tired of James Horner's predictably sappy string themes and are open to the idea of solo and ensemble ethnic vocals over an unusually varied use of synthesizers on top of the orchestra.

Avoid it... if you value harmonic consistency over electronic deviation when seeking Horner's emotionally engaging, somber scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #388
WRITTEN 11/19/03, REVISED 3/8/09
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Beyond Borders: (James Horner) Director Martin Campbell's love story painted on a canvas of the world's ills that didn't last long at the box office, failing to make either a political or romantic statement of any lasting value. The story sends a married, wealthy English woman to the worst poverty and famine-stricken regions of the world to help deliver her contributed aid, falling in love with a relief worker who obviously complicates matters. The execution of the film's plot gives Beyond Borders the feel of a forced public service message, a documentary with a falsely conceived love story that doesn't particularly make sense. Despite a publicity campaign that sat lead actress Angelina Jolie next to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at a screening (perhaps the unlikeliest of combinations), the elements of romance and politics in the story didn't mesh on screen, placing James Horner's score into the role of choosing which part of the film to accentuate. With three other, concurrent scoring projects set for release in late 2003, the composer's efforts for Beyond Borders quickly faded from the spotlight, though it gave Horner the opportunity to continue a collaboration with Campbell that included The Mask of Zorro, a project that inspired him to reach into a barrel of whole new musical ideas. While some faint hints of Horner's romantic tendencies do shine through in his largely electronic and solo-inclined score for Beyond Borders, his attention seemed to be squarely aimed at capturing the essence of the wretched third world conditions in the film's locations. Horner reaches far back in his career for ideas that, at the very least, will leave his critics stating that in this case, the self-references were lifted from lesser-known material from an era long ago in his writing. The score's construction and recording is organized as necessary into three sections: Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Chechnya, the primary settings along the film's journey. While the instrumentation between the three sections does differ, typically varying in the level of electronic accompaniment, there really isn't any vastly unique sound to any of them. A modest orchestral ensemble for Beyond Borders was recorded in Los Angeles, and an ethnic flute, children's chorus, and solo voice were added to an equation heavy with Horner's electronics.



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N.R.Q. - May 30, 2007, at 7:28 a.m.
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if you remove track 6, this is a perfect 5 star score - a moving innocence and purity   Expand >>
Brian - January 17, 2005, at 11:08 a.m.
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Lovely
JS Park - October 20, 2004, at 5:02 p.m.
1 comment  (2491 views)
An amazing last track
Armando Sanchez - January 18, 2004, at 12:28 a.m.
1 comment  (1973 views)
Most evokative Horner score in a while
sleepyhollowman - December 14, 2003, at 2:48 p.m.
1 comment  (1905 views)
Tosi hienoa
DJ Smuli - November 30, 2003, at 2:07 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:33
Ethiopia:
• 1. i (2:14)
• 2. ii (6:15)
• 3. iii (2:13)
• 4. iv (4:13)

Cambodia:
• 5. i (2:41)
• 6. ii (9:56)
• 7. iii (3:26)
• 8. iv (4:51)
Chechnya:
• 9. i (6:16)
• 10. ii (4:41)
• 11. iii (2:22)
• 12. iv (6:15)

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