Posted by: matta2k <Send E-Mail> Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2003, at 4:18 p.m. IP Address: cblmdm207-12-175-187.buckeye-express.com
from the review:
The Gondor theme heard in the Lennox song, "The Grey Havens," and at the end of "The Black Gate Opens" is sparsely integrated into the rest of the cues. ... aside from that ending of "The Black Gate Opens," the horns are never really unleashed on more than that one new thematic idea.
I agree with this statement. The Gondor theme never quite reached the fevered pitch I expected it to. The "Minas Tirith" track comes CLOSE but it tapers out before a real bombastic finish. Since this is the major (only?) new theme in the Return of the King, it's disappointing that it doesn't get to be a highlight of the score, like the Rohan theme was for The Two Towers. If you recall on the Two Towers score, the Rohan theme appeared in total in "The Riders of Rohan" track AND at the end of "Gollum's Song," but what little there is of the Gondor theme is really buried in places.
However, I disagree that the earlier themes weren't properly concluded. I heard a little bit of everything from the first two scores, and I appreciated the way Shore remixed them. A note-for-note repeat of the Rohan theme would have been boring, but the "The Ride of the Rohirrim" track is a nice variation on the theme. "Hope and Memory" recalls the soaring end of the brilliant track from the Two Towers score: "Breath of Life." And the 10-minute "The Return of the King" track touches on many of the familiar themes, including "Concerning Hobbits" WAY back from Fellowship. How's THAT for closure?