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OST Almost Shames the Actual Score
• Posted by: Mister Frodo   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, January 15, 2007, at 9:45 p.m.
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I have to say this is my least favorite soundtrack of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The problem with it is that it doesn't do the things the other two did right. One, it isn't in order (a la Fellowship of the Ring) and its tracks don't present suites of different themes (The Two Towers.) While it isn't bad, the soundtrack is not near the level of quality that the other two gave us. I don't know why I don't like it as much as the other ones. The full score, especially with the music added for the Extended Edition, is spectacular, with great thematic statements, bold battle music, and an incredible ability at establishing the mood. And while the soundtrack definitely isn't bad, it doesn't capture of feeling of Return of the King. Now, some of the tracks are great (the choral work in the middle of "Pelennor Fields", in particular, is Howard Shore at his best) and overall it's definitely at least four stars. But it doesn't quite reach that five-star level of the other two.

Note, though, that these are my opinions. I can understand if someone hates me because they love the soundtrack. I know what it feels like to have your favorite musical piece completely and utterly ignored. (Ahem, "Amon Hen".) But these are my opinions, and you're free to disagree.

P.S. Can't wait for Complete Recordings!

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