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Comments about the soundtrack for The Expendables (Brian Tyler)

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Re: Good review...but...
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• Posted by: KK   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, September 18, 2010, at 6:13 p.m.
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• In Response to: Good review...but... (Edmund Meinerts)

> Again I feel it necessary to call you out the unnecessary criticisms you
> aim at Hans Zimmer and MV/RC. Though it is appropriate to compare scores
> with industry trends, it's enough for you to mention it once in passing
> rather than so often that it practically becomes the thesis of your
> review. Let me count them up: "synthetically derivative scores of
> hyperactive trash", "the industry barrels further into the realm
> of sample-oriented, hyperactive, synthetic action styles", "Had
> one of the plethora of Zimmer clones from Remote Control handled The
> Expendables, a basically effective but highly derivative two-star score
> would undoubtedly have resulted", "the ensemble mess otherwise
> known as The Rock", "...most composers of his generation would
> be happy to serve up two-star trash to earn a paycheck for this kind of
> movie".

> That's five distinct jabs at HZ/MV/RC and industry trends in general. One
> would certainly have sufficed.

> Other than that, professional-sounding review as always.

Technically not all of those comments were attacks on Zimmer/RC/MV. Because the fact is its not only MV/RC thats going down this path, it seems the entire industry is generalizing down to this style. And he just pointed out. To me Expendables made a lot of references to that style. I at first enjoyed the theme and symphonic sound it was going with at the beginning but the score became redundant and MV/RC-ish for me by the end. So I would give this score *** too. I don't think CC was just targeting Zimmer, he was commenting more on the industry in general. Or maybe everthing I said just didn't make enough sense to be taken into consideration

- KK

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • Good review...but...  (1395 views)
       Edmund Meinerts - Saturday, September 18, 2010, at 12:50 p.m.
    •      Re: Good review...but...  (1396 views)    We're Here
         KK - Saturday, September 18, 2010, at 6:13 p.m.

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