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Comments about the soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Hans Zimmer/Various)

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Re: That review is poor.
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• Posted by: Beyond El Mar   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
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• In Response to: That review is poor. (Edmund Meinerts)

> I'm really sorry to side with the trolls and all, but I don't think you
> gave Zimmer a fair shot in that review. No, the score isn't subtle. Guess
> what? Neither is a dude who swings around on a web and fights another
> dude with electricity bolts coming out of his arms!!!

> This is the first superhero score I can think of in a long while
> that has clear, readily identifiable themes for both hero and villain.
> They might not be orchestrally complex in the way you seem to demand, but
> they are obvious and identifiable. Is Spidey's theme underutilized?
> Perhaps, but you don't even mention the cue in which it's given the most
> forthright statements, "Cold War"! You can't just gloss over the
> parts of the score that don't back up your arguments!

> Putting this score below the complete trash that was Captain America:
> The Winter Soldier
and 300: Rise of an Empire is way, way off
> the mark. These days you seem to be more harsh on Zimmer himself than the
> composers who try and ape him, and that's completely the wrong way around.
> You seem to punish Zimmer for having an identifiable style, but you go
> easy on the composers who ape him because, hell, the industry demands it,
> right? If you applied the same standards to, say, Williams as you did to
> Zimmer ("The Book Thief is simply a rehash of the same
> melancholic piano drama heard in scores like Angela's Ashes, Presumed
> Innocent
and other Williams drama scores of the 1990s.
> *"), you'd be a laughingstock.

> Look, I get that the site isn't doing well and you need to drum up some
> traffic. But don't do that by generating cheap controversy.

> Man, I haven't felt this way about a Zimmer review of yours since
> Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

It just seems Clemmensen is more harsh when it comes to not re-using existing themes for an already established character, i.e., Garfield's Spiderman.

CC barely gave Tyler a 4th star, but he also was disappointed in Tyler's non-use of Doyle's themes.

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