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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (John Williams)

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Re: Dissappointing
• Posted by: Roman Dlouhý   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, May 6, 2002, at 2:39 a.m.
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• In Response to: Dissappointing (Ben)

Whenever I read disappointing comments about either "Artificial Intelligence" or "Attack of the Clones", I always would greatly welcome a a list of 5 or so scores that the listener feels contented about. Why this all? Because "Attack of the Clones", having myself listened to at least half of the material John Williams has ever brought to life, is in no way a really bad score. It plainly stands above the average.

Williams has done worse scores in tha past, both theme-wise and functionality-wise ("The Missouri Breaks", "Always") so there's no point in accusing Williams of loosing touch or whatsoever. That's why I want examples of the scores that you the let down guys enjoy hearing from Williams. It can help understand your disappointment. In terms of "Star Wars" genre, AotC is, although not a stand-out, surely a worthy achievement in the way of thematic cohesion with its prequel and sequels.

I remember having a bit harder times "warming myself up" to listening to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" or even "JFK", and today these two particular scores are one of my very favorite. I hold them very close to my heart indeed.

Where "Attack of the Clones" perhaps lags is that there are (at least as what could be said of the material presented on the disc) too many cues that are much too layer-wise structured and so harder to make out or identify their core one would like to point out at. For the meantime I am not complaining about this because I both LOVE this John Williams way of coming to grips with the task and I , much more importantly - haven't yet seen the motion picture to which it was composed and it might work in it in the end. But I doubt with AotC we are about to see yet another Close Encounters type of movie where layered motifs have had a solid foundation. Then I can only speculate about what (or who?) made John tackle the score for "Attack of the Clones" the way as we experience the result on the Sony's album..............................

My favorite scores are:
Images (only have it in MP3 casting)
Jane Eyre
The Towering Inferno
Star Wars (all as one)
Close Encounters
The Fury
Schindler's List
Saving Private Ryan
Angela's Ashes
and in a way "torn" The Witches of Eastwick

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • Dissappointing  (5016 views)
       Ben - Monday, May 6, 2002, at 1:20 a.m.
    •    What is your problem  (4821 views)
         Waggy - Sunday, May 12, 2002, at 8:56 p.m.
    •      Re: Dissappointing  (4891 views)    We're Here
         Roman Dlouhý - Monday, May 6, 2002, at 2:39 a.m.
      •    JW  (4803 views)
           MSM - Monday, May 6, 2002, at 3:38 a.m.
        •    Re: JW  (4781 views)
             Roman Dlouhý - Monday, May 6, 2002, at 4:37 a.m.
          •    Re: JW  (4824 views)
               MSM - Monday, May 6, 2002, at 6:43 a.m.
            •    Re: JW  (4623 views)
                 Dan Sartori - Sunday, May 12, 2002, at 2:21 p.m.
              •    Re: JW  (4763 views)
                   MSM - Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at 3:44 a.m.
            •    Re: JW (Thanks MSM !!!)  (4737 views)
                 Roman Dlouhý - Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at 7:35 a.m.

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