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Eragon
(2006)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Shearman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Geoff Alexander

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
RCA Records
(December 12th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can imagine enjoying Patrick Doyle's hopelessly positive and treble-rich repetitions of blatantly heroic and slightly cheesy fantasy themes.

Avoid it... if you expect your sword and sorcery scores to shake the floors with a genuine sense of dread and solemn contemplation (to go along with those grandiose themes).
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #864
WRITTEN 12/31/06, REVISED 1/1/07
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Eragon: (Patrick Doyle) As further evidence that nearly anybody can get published nowadays, then-teenager Christopher Paolin translated Star Wars (intentionally or not) into a Middle Earth setting in the late 1990's and was, by the force of sales numbers, considered a success. The resulting story of Eragon would be as adored by the teenage crowd as it would be lambasted by adults, but if there is ever proof that studios will target the teenage dollar exclusively with some projects, 20th Century Fox brought an embarrassing version of Eragon to the big screen for 2006. There's really no reason to describe the plot... It's so badly plagiarized from Star Wars that its gloomy surroundings looking like the worst of Dungeons & Dragons and The Lord of the Rings can't hide the connections. Generally poor acting, cartoonish action (in the sadly childish PG realm), and poor direction from a former special effects specialist have made for a laughable response from critics and a uniform "the book was better" response from the targeted teenagers. Some critics even went so far as to admonish the intrusive nature of Patrick Doyle's score for the film, with the wildly over-the-top attitude of the score seeming to be overcompensating for the flaws of its accompanying elements. For Doyle, Eragon is the kind of fantasy score that his ardent fans have been hoping for the career of the composer for over a decade. Glimpses of grandiose action slipped into his works in the 1990's, and with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005 finally came the realization of that side of his career. While Eragon is largely an extension of that opportunity for Doyle, it's a different score, more consistently hopeful in the major key and repetitive in its primary ideas. With the London Symphony Orchestra in front of him, the volume of Eragon is the truly impressive aspect of its construct. Its size is without question, and because Doyle nearly constantly maintains a harmonic resonance, it's an easily listenable score. But between this score and Goblet of Fire, some interesting trends are exposing themselves in this genre-specific side of Doyle's career that may or may not please your ears.



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718 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.44 Stars
***** 194 5 Stars
**** 180 4 Stars
*** 170 3 Stars
** 103 2 Stars
* 71 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:24
• 1. Eragon (4:12)
• 2. Roran Leaves (3:22)
• 3. Saphira's First Flight (2:12)
• 4. Ra'zac (2:48)
• 5. Burning Farm (3:08)
• 6. Fortune Teller (3:56)
• 7. If You Were Flying (2:55)
• 8. Brom's Story (2:53)
• 9. Durza (2:20)
• 10. Passing the Flame (3:05)
• 11. Battle for Varden (9:59)
• 12. Together (2:18)
• 13. Saphira Returns (1:49)
• 14. Legend of Eragon (2:08)
• 15. Keep Holding On - performed by Avril Lavigne (3:57)
• 16. Once in Every Lifetime - performed by Jem (4:17)

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