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

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That review is poor.
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• Posted by: Edmund Meinerts
• Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 2:46 a.m.
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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.

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