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City of Ember
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:
Andrew Lockington

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Verve Forecast/Bulletproof Records
(November 4th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release. The original 2008 Verve Forecast pressing went out of print quickly and fetched as much as $50. Another pressing of the same album by Bulletproof Records a few years later caused the new retail price to drop to only $5.
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Buy it... if you seek a highly entertaining extension of Andrew Lockington's engaging action romanticism as heard in the Journey to the Center of the Earth franchise.

Avoid it... if you've never been able to connect with Lockington's fantasy writing because of its sometimes awkward thematic formations and a nagging familiarity to David Arnold's vintage sound.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,652
WRITTEN 7/11/13
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City of Ember: (Andrew Lockington) One of the most disappointing cinematic mishaps of the 2000's was the 2008 adaptation of Jeanne DuPrau's series of "The City of Ember" novels. Despite admirable production values and a solid cast, the story's translation to film was criticized heavily, and City of Ember failed to come even close to recouping its $55 million budget. The plot tells of a post-apocalyptic underground society on Earth, one forced there hundreds of years earlier due to nuclear war. As the infrastructure and political systems begin to break down, two youngsters decide to take it upon themselves to figure out a way to escape to the surface, spurred by their discovery of secret instructions from the underground city's original builders detailing how to make their way. They become fugitives after they uncover politicians' corruption, forcing another layer of suspense into the story. Unfortunately for director Gil Kenan, City of Ember represented just his second major mainstream project and stunted his career there due to its immense failure. He had worked to successful ends with composer Douglas Pipes on Monster House a couple of years earlier, and Pipes was originally set to score City of Ember as well, but he was reportedly fired at some point in the production process. In stepped Canadian composer Andrew Lockington, who had toiled with lesser projects in his short career but had broken through with the impressive action score for Journey to the Center of the Earth earlier in 2008. Lockington was a revelation at the time, causing many to hope that his career would accelerate quickly thereafter. That continued recognition did not come for years, however, and some listeners within the film music community have speculated about whether or not the attribution of some of Lockington's success to veteran orchestrator and conductor Nicholas Dodd, who was partly responsible for the rise of David Arnold in the 1990's, was responsible for his stagnation. Nevertheless, City of Ember is an impressive work, especially considering that the composer didn't have an excess of time to complete the assignment. Listeners familiar with Journey to the Center of the Earth and its even more remarkable 2012 sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, will hear roughly the same style of orchestral and synthetic blend in City of Ember, Lockington's brand of bold tonal expressions of grandeur and orchestral majesty remaining consistent. Regardless of whatever attribution Dodd deserves for this end result, these scores are all quite entertaining, and City of Ember does not skimp in its reliance upon attractive themes, either. Lockington's infusion of electronics and choir into the equation is nicely supplementary.



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Average: 3.39 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 71:08
• 1. City of Ember Main Titles (3:29)
• 2. Lina Mayfleet (1:29)
• 3. Assignment Day (2:18)
• 4. Job Exchange (2:28)
• 5. Blue Sky (1:09)
• 6. First Day (2:06)
• 7. Message for Clary (0:51)
• 8. Tunnels (6:58)
• 9. The Mayor (2:00)
• 10. The Box of Ember (2:51)
• 11. Blackout (1:56)
• 12. Map and Mole (4:57)
• 13. Room 351 (3:10)
• 14. Proof (4:31)
• 15. Fugitives (3:07)
• 16. Loris' Bike (4:03)
• 17. Interlocking Keys (0:41)
• 18. Clockworks (5:41)
• 19. Control Room (4:35)
• 20. Water Wheel (2:52)
• 21. The Mayor Retreats (1:07)
• 22. Stalagmite Trance (0:47)
• 23. Escape to Sunrise (4:57)
• 24. One Last Message (3:05)

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