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The Expendables
(2010)
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Conducted by:
Adam Klemens

Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Brad Warnaar
Dana Niu
Andrew Kinney
Pakk Hui

Performed by:
The Czech Philharmonic
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lionsgate Records
(August 10th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release, available only via digital download and Amazon.com's CD-R on demand service. The European album from Silva Screen Records was released a few weeks later.
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Buy it... if you seek an emotionally deeper, faithfully symphonic alternative to the outbreak of synthetically derivative scores of hyperactive trash for recent films of this nonstop action variety.

Avoid it... if you expect the highlighting choral and thematic elements of Brian Tyler's music to be able to float an otherwise exhausting listening experience on an album that needed some trimming to better illuminate its impressive portions.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,418
WRITTEN 9/16/10
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The Expendables: (Brian Tyler) Impressive casting isn't everything. That's the lesson to be learned by writer, director, and actor Sylvester Stallone from the disappointing critical and arguably underachieving domestic box office reactions to his 2010 mega-action endeavor, The Expendables. So much time was spent on coordinating the ultimate in kick-ass action casts (the ensemble includes Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, and even Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a cameo) that apparently little though was given to a decent story or even a satisfying set of one-liners. Also a detriment in The Expendables is Stallone's choice to embrace the haphazard, frenzied style of camera work that makes many action thrillers impossible to follow nowadays, a move symbolic of the role of this film as one massive excuse for nonstop violent action. In that limited purpose, the cast of The Expendables shines, and one area in which Stallone actually stays true to his 1980's action roots in his choice of music for the project. Aside from the application of Southern rock and bluegrass elements applied in the songs chosen for parts of the film, Stallone wanted the emotional depth of a large-scale orchestral score. He turned once again to his Rambo collaborator Brian Tyler to handle this assignment, specifically requesting a score that not only uses live symphonic elements to propel the action, but an emotional heart to address the sense of redemption felt by the protagonists. The melodramatic theme and choral accompaniment that results from Tyler for the highlights of The Expendables are an example of that divergence from the norm in straight technologically-dominated action scoring in this era, and that speaks to the composer's tendency to hold on to 1980's and 1990's sensibilities in his music (making him a good match for Stallone in this case). While the industry barrels further into the realm of sample-oriented, hyperactive, synthetic action styles, Tyler is among the few in the younger generation of composers (along with John Ottman and a few others who defy the dominant Hans Zimmer influence in industry and audience expectations) who seem to truly advocate an orchestral foundation for scores that otherwise would be generated with few, if any, live players. Had one of the plethora of Zimmer clones from Remote Control handled The Expendables, a basically effective but highly derivative two-star score would undoubtedly have resulted. While Tyler's work for the film isn't among his best, it still suits both the topic and his orchestral inclinations well enough to classify it as above average in its whole and outstanding in its highlights.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 71:41
• 1. The Expendables (3:23)
• 2. Aerial (2:58)
• 3. Ravens and Skulls (4:49)
• 4. Lee and Lacy (2:15)
• 5. Massive (3:24)
• 6. The Gulf of Aden (6:57)
• 7. Lifeline (4:30)
• 8. Confession (2:57)
• 9. Royal Rumble (3:42)
• 10. Scanning the Enemy (3:47)
• 11. The Contact (1:31)
• 12. Surveillance (3:27)
• 13. Warriors (3:49)
• 14. Trinity (4:19)
• 15. Waterboard (3:01)
• 16. Losing His Mind (2:37)
• 17. Take Your Money (2:42)
• 18. Giant With a Shotgun (3:58)
• 19. Time to Leave (1:55)
• 20. Mayhem and Finale (5:48)

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