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Black Hawk Down
(2001)
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Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed by:
Rachid Taha
Denez Prigent
Michael Brook
Craig Eastman
Hector Pereira
Martin Tillman
Mel Wesson

Vocals by:
Baaba Maal
Joe Strummer
Lisa Gerrard
Rachid Taha
Denez Prigent

Co-Produced by:
Pietro Scalia
Bob Badami
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(January 15th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate challenging scores that take radical chances in the area of cross-cultural conflict.

Avoid it... if the fifteen minutes of harmonious vocal and instrumental beauty on the album cannot compensate for the extremely difficult electric guitar-laden action material.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #54
WRITTEN 1/12/02, REVISED 1/3/09
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Black Hawk Down: (Hans Zimmer) Director Ridley Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer combined efforts to create a frighteningly realistic account of the American soldiers' fight for survival during the botched 1993 kidnapping mission in Somalia that led to the deaths of several of those soldiers. The critical acclaim surrounding the film is based on the severely true to life account of the gruesome accident and rescue that ensued during the event. That success takes a page from the harrowing realism captured in films such as Platoon and Saving Private Ryan, placing the viewer in the midst of a battle environment that's intended to extend the soldiers' adrenaline rush to the audience. The film came under harsh fire from other critics who identified Scott's inaccuracies in the depiction of the people of Somalia (who were not actually used in the creation of the film), and that same disdainful response extended to Hans Zimmer's music for the production. Spreading his wings to take flight into another unexplored method of scoring, Zimmer's score for Black Hawk Down is like nothing film music fans had heard before. Instead of attempting to portray the ethereal aspect of wartime conflict with a classical approach or allowing the sound effects to replace a score in many parts, Zimmer's work is mixed as a central piece of the film. Still riding the success of Gladiator with Scott, Zimmer's Hannibal and Pearl Harbor continued his strong popularity with mainstream film score fans in 2001. In nearly ever way possible, though, Black Hawk Down is the exact opposite of his previous score, Pearl Harbor. Rather than reprising the underplaying of a historical event with soft, thematic writing, Zimmer unleashes a wretched dose of hell in his music for Black Hawk Down. To understand the disparate tones in this work, all you have to do is realize that the film itself is not meant to be a pleasant experience. Zimmer intentionally approached the assignment with brutality on the mind, seeking to accompany the overpowering and detailed human account of the event with music that is also at war with itself. The resulting mix is competent and intermittently effective, but it's extremely incongruous on album.

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8,187 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.73 Stars
***** 1,202 5 Stars
**** 1,034 4 Stars
*** 2,008 3 Stars
** 2,245 2 Stars
* 1,698 1 Stars
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Black Hawk Down (Hans Zimmer)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 67:01
• 1. Hunger (6:35)
• 2. Barra Barra - performed by Rachid Taha (5:47)
• 3. Vale of Plenty (2:27)
• 4. Chant (2:33)
• 5. Still (4:48)
• 6. Mogadishu Blues (2:53)
• 7. Synchrotone (8:55)
• 8. Bakara (3:12)
• 9. Of the Earth (2:19)
• 10. Ashes to Ashes (4:43)
• 11. Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends - performed by Denez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard (5:51)
• 12. Tribal War (2:39)
• 13. Leave No Man Behind (6:18)
• 14. Minstrel Boy (Film Version) - performed by Joe Strummer/Mescaleros (5:42)
• 15. Still Reprise (2:12)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits and a long note from Danial Schweiger about the creative process of the score and all of its diverse elements.
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