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Comments about the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

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Re: Better than Episode IV
• Posted by: Dave
• Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at 5:14 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Better than Episode IV (Amuro)


There are two different James Horners. Don't confuse them.

1978 - 1995 Horner
1996 - 2005 Horner

1978-1995 Horner is a good, exciting young composer who at least had passion for what he did. He genuinely sounds like he is having fun- it really shows in his music. The Rocketeer captured the excitement of flying, Legends of the Fall captured the romance of the West.

1996-2005 Horner is dead inside. Sometime in the mid-to-late '90s, Horner said "to hell with it, I'll just give them a rehashed version of every score I've ever done. I can make a lot of money if I incorporate a sh*tty song at the end of my album. I'll do that as well." Every score made in this time period, sells well on album (because pre-teen girls want to buy memorabilia from the romance/chick flick which he has inevitably overscored), but severely detracts from the movie. He is one of the few composers alive who has managed to make movies worse with his score's inclusion.

2005-future: I see no reason to give Horner the benefit of the doubt; he's had a decade to get his act together, but he's decided that he'd rather rake in profit from sh*tty pop drivel.

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