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Max & Me
(2018)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gordon Johnson

Violin Solos by:
Joshua Bell
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Sony Classical
(March 9th, 2018)
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Commercial digital release only, with high-resolution download option.
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Buy it... if you have no qualms about potently inspiring music of a pious heart, the tender and solemn beauty of this work extending from Mark McKenzie's similar masterpiece, The Greatest Miracle.

Avoid it... if you cannot accept the absolute tonal simplicity of McKenzie's approach to these religiously-oriented scores, the music rendered so accessibly that it may function as nothing more than sickeningly sweet sonic wallpaper for you.
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Max & Me: (Mark McKenzie) The Dos Corazones film studio of Mexico is certainly not internationally renowned, but it has shown a tendency to allocate so much money to the soundtracks for some of its Catholic-themed projects that it has become highly relevant to film music enthusiasts. Stewing in limited release since 2016 but emerging fully in 2018, the studio's Max & Me (alternatively Max and Me) is another strongly faith-based entry, a 3-D animated tale of hardship and salvation aimed at family audiences. The plot uses the true events of Polish priest Maximillian Kolbe and his 1941 sacrifice at the Auschwitz concentration camp to inspire a conversation in contemporary times between an old man and rebellious youth. The animated nature of the project allowed the studio to convey the historical setting in a less costly manner for audiences, and the animation itself is a marked improvement for the studio. Without a wide distribution, the movie was primed to reinforce the faith for targeted Christian audiences rather than serve as a broader conversion tool. Of the studio's major projects, several have featured a significant presence for original music, including For Greater Glory by James Horner and The Greatest Miracle by Mark McKenzie. The latter is highly informative about the studio's approach to Max & Me, for not only do the movies share McKenzie's involvement but they also expended significant capital on their recordings. The resulting music in these movies is almost awkwardly grandiose and professional considering the context, but such assignments are partly the result of a labor of love for McKenzie. Having orchestrated countless famous scores at the outset of the Digital Age, he retired from mainstream orchestrating in 2006 and has since concentrated on composing music only for small productions of a family or religious character and, curiously, the Dragonheart franchise, which languishes on in video form. A genuinely kind soul, McKenzie affords a predictably tonal, pleasant style to his drama scores, and, as of the 2010's, the composer's efforts in this vein are largely defined for film score collectors by these religiously dominant efforts for Dos Corazones.



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Max and Me... Ascending to Heaven or laying a turd?
Freddyfrito - February 16, 2019, at 7:54 a.m.
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Religion exists to scare & control primitive people
Mr. Jingle Jangles - February 15, 2019, at 6:55 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 57:26
• 1. I Am (1:14)
• 2. Two Crowns Vision (1:21)
• 3. Head in the Clouds Over You (2:14)
• 4. You Could Be Anything (2:43)
• 5. In the Trenches (2:28)
• 6. If You Are So Intelligent Why Don't You Believe? (5:20)
• 7. Ask and It Will Be Given to You (1:23)
• 8. When I'm Saying Me I Mean You (0:50)
• 9. Dare to Dream Bigger (1:50)
• 10. A Mother's Prayer (3:08)
• 11. Dapper Duds (1:49)
• 12. Sunset Hug (1:49)
• 13. I'm Sorry (3:02)
• 14. Nazi Brutality (3:15)
• 15. Prayer for Peace (3:40)
• 16. Auschwitz Cries (2:56)
• 17. Only Love is Creative (2:37)
• 18. I Love You (4:00)
• 19. Triumph Over Fear (3:20)
• 20. He Was Always With Me (1:50)
• 21. I Believe in You (4:12)
• 22. Heaven's Welcome (2:28)

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