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Divergent
(2014)
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Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL)

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Additional Music by:
Christian Vorlander
Dave Fleming

Co-Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Interscope Records
(April 15th, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate competent execution of both modern and traditional approaches in a hybrid score, Tom Holkenborg's work a generally pleasant surprise despite some underwhelming passages.

Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate any elements derivative of the standard Hans Zimmer templates, because the fight material here does devolve into typical simplistic pounding in the score's latter half.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,292
WRITTEN 5/10/14
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Divergent: (Tom Holkenborg) Yet another dystopian post-apocalyptic topic for teenage angst is thrown at the screen by studios eager to milk the purses of young women seeking role models in challenging contexts. How many of these kinds of franchises can the market support? In the case of 2014's Divergent, there is clearly inspiration to be seen from The Hunger Games, the young student author of the "Divergent" novel concocting this clan and fight-based class culture commentary for young people in 2011. Don't bother intellectualizing the derivative nature of the source material, however, when considering the hundreds of millions of dollars this film grossed and the immediate plans for three sequels. In this futuristic world, people are divided into a handful of "factions" depending on their personality and capabilities, forcing them into societal roles that are blurred when a few youth excel in multiple areas and war between factions becomes imminent. Logical fallacies abound once again, but if you're a teenage girl, who cares? Given the possibilities for targeting this demographic with pop culture appeal, the filmmakers approached the Hans Zimmer realm of Remote Control Productions and ultimately hired Dutch electronica artist Tom Holkenborg for the task. Known by his artist name of "Junkie XL," Holkenborg has transitioned into a healthy career of film scoring after several years serving as a collaborator with Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams. In early 2014, Holkenborg parlayed his relationship with Zimmer into two blockbuster "solo" scoring assignments, Divergent and 300: Rise of an Empire. It's important to note that when you say "solo," that entails that you still have the assistance of several Remote Control ghostwriters and the full ensemble of crew that comes with any Zimmer-associated project. In this case, Zimmer is even identified as a music producer in the film's primary credits. Not to miss the chance to maximize marketability, the filmmakers also infused the soundtrack with a large array of songs. Several of these songs were written and performed by English vocalist Ellie Goulding, who also contributed wordless vocals to Holkenborg's score. Anyone expecting Holkenborg to emulate James Newton Howard's approach to The Hunger Games in Divergent will be surprised by Holkenborg's ability to take the tone and style of that music in a different direction while building off of some of the same foundations.



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Average: 2.66 Stars
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**** 36 4 Stars
*** 53 3 Stars
** 50 2 Stars
* 39 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 75:30
• 1. Tris* (7:48)
• 2. The Test (3:17)
• 3. Choosing Dauntless* (3:44)
• 4. Capture the Flag* (3:07)
• 5. This Isn't Real (1:38)
• 6. Ferris Wheel (3:32)
• 7. Erudite Plan (3:21)
• 8. Fear (3:36)
• 9. I am Divergent (1:39)
• 10. A Friend (2:48)
• 11. Conspiracy (5:27)
• 12. Watertank (1:50)
• 13. Faction Before Blood (6:49)
• 14. Human Nature (3:12)
• 15. Final Test (1:38)
• 16. The March (5:17)
• 17. Dauntless Attack (5:56)
• 18. Sacrifice* (4:21)
• 19. You're Not Gonna Like This (14:00)
• 20. Fight the Dauntless (4:14)
• 21. Everywhere and Nowhere (2:28)
* featuring performances by Ellie Goulding

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