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Oblivion
(2013)
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Co-Composed, Arranged, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Joseph Trapanese

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Anthony Gonzales
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Back Lot Music
(April 9th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The regular 69-minute album is available as a commercial CD and download release. The "Deluxe" 114-minute version is initially only available at iTunes in a lossy format. Both feature the same cover art. An LP vinyl option exists for the regular album as well.
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Buy it... only if you found the hybrid orchestral and electronic music for this film engaging in context, and even then, beware of a long album presentation that relies upon ambience and style rather than any specific complexities.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear music as interesting as that of Tron: Legacy, the team of Anthony Gonzales and Joseph Trapanese struggling to conjure more than very simplistic and derivative ideas for this assignment.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,177
WRITTEN 7/7/13
Oblivion: (Anthony Gonzales/Joseph Trapanese) Be careful when filmmakers claim to have an original science-fiction concept, because, more often than not, what they're offering is some blend of ideas executed in superior forms in other movies. Director Joseph Kosinski has claimed that 2013's Oblivion is a tribute to 1970's science fiction cinema when, in fact, it borrows a frightful number of plot elements from more recent genre entries and therefore threatens to derail its greatest asset: its concept twist. Without revealing this mid-way plot redirection, it's safe to say that Oblivion is a post-apocalyptic depiction of the remnants of Earth dealing with a war against invading alien forces that explores significant identity issues along the path to figuring out exactly who the heroes and villains are. Logical fallacies in the timeline are the telltale signs of a flawed script, and while the movie performed well with audiences (thanks, in some part, to Tom Cruise's involvement in the lead role), it fell short with many critics because of its problematic story. Kosinski wanted to follow the success of his Tron: Legacy cinematic debut with this unconventional sci-fi affair, and, as you might imagine, a non-traditional approach to the music was one of his primary interests. Admitting the Daft Punk would not be appropriate for this assignment, he instead turned to French electronic group M83, insisting that he wanted a similarly unconventional score by "pulling an artist from outside the movie business to create an original sound for this film. M83's music was fresh and original, and big and epic, but at the same time emotional and this is a very emotional film and it felt like a good fit." Because M83's Anthony Gonzales had no film scoring experience sufficient for him to complete this process, Kosinski once again turned to Tron: Legacy arranger and orchestrator Joseph Trapanese. It's difficult to say exactly how much influence Trapanese had on these two scores, given that both of them don't conform to many industry standards. Trapanese isn't a tremendously experienced composer, either, his most notable work for television, and perhaps it is no surprise that the finished product for Oblivion is extraordinarily simplistic and defies Kosinski's original intent by revealing itself to be extremely derivative as well. For all the hype that was generated at the film's release about the "fresh" direction taken by Gonzales and Trapanese for this project, any experienced film music listener will be able to hear substantial and distracting references to Tron: Legacy, Inception (and other Hans Zimmer works), and vintage Vangelis compositions, among others.



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272 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.98 Stars
***** 48 5 Stars
**** 54 4 Stars
*** 65 3 Stars
** 57 2 Stars
* 48 1 Stars
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ANNOYED!!!
Ryan Bell (Moving Violationz) - March 15, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
1 comment  (709 views)
Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - August 3, 2013, at 3:41 a.m.
1 comment  (912 views)
I agree...mostly...
Eric Marcy - July 27, 2013, at 8:14 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Regular Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 69:06
• 1. Jack's Dream (1:22)
• 2. Waking Up (4:09)
• 3. Tech 49 (5:58)
• 4. StarWaves (3:41)
• 5. Odyssey Rescue (4:08)
• 6. Earth 2077 (2:22)
• 7. Losing Control (3:56)
• 8. Canyon Battle (5:58)
• 9. Radiation Zone (4:11)
• 10. You Can't Save Her (4:56)
• 11. Raven Rock (4:33)
• 12. I'm Sending You Away (5:38)
• 13. Ashes of Our Fathers (3:30)
• 14. Temples of Our Gods (3:14)
• 15. Fearful Odds (3:09)
• 16. Undimmed By Time, Unbound By Death (2:26)
• 17. Oblivion* (5:57)
* performed by Susanne Sundfor
Deluxe Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 113:36

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the director about the score.
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