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Blinded by hatred
• Posted by: Vincent   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, July 13, 2015, at 4:49 a.m.
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So the themes are merged intelligently (they are), but the overall score is simplistic? Zimmer indeed made valiant efforts, so why not stop being harsh for once? I'm glad you finally use the words 'understandable nightmare for Black Pearl, so, again, revisit your BP review.

How does Dead Man's Chest suffer from style? It's just Zimmer's style and you don't like that!

If Bruckheimer really called woodwinds girly-men instruments, I hope he'll meet his maker soon.

I don't think three love themes is so bad. It gives them the opportunity to switch between them, and in the Marry Me suite, all of them receive good treatment.

How is He's a Pirate obnoxious and wrong for the genre? Your problem is that you expect to hear something different. If you listen to a score presupposing what it will/should sound like, you'll hardly ever be satisfied. Sure, it's a very, very irritating theme indeed... Hedwig's Theme and Erebor aren't, right? If I hear Erebor one moretime, I'll commit suicide.

Overbearaing and simplistic anthems: the perfect description for any catchy JW theme. And there we have it again. You hate Zimmer because he is predictable. Can I just point out my housemates wonder what the fuck I'm playing whenever I am listening to a JW action piece? And no, my family doesn't consist of aliens. It might be unpredictable and unharmonious and what have you, but cues like The Spiders and Jurassic Park 2 in its entirety are unlistenable. Who gave you this ridiculous idea that harmony should be avoided, for heaven's sake? Why do you think Mozart's music appeals to so many people (it even helps you study)? Also, you're always banging on about Zimmer using the same orchestral tendencies. I'm not saying he isn't, but I can think of at least ten JW scores that use the same instrumets, which is not really surprising because we haven't got 10000000 instruments to play around with.

Also, 'knowledgeable film score enthusiasts' sounds so incredibly disgusting to me. Yet more proof you don't care about common people's interests. If the albums were/are so popular, you simply have to accept Zimmer did something right, whatever it is. If the music works for audiences around the world, well, too bloody bad for all the 'knowledgeable people' out there.

I do agree with you about the bass abuse.

There IS style in the love theme, Hans Zimmer's style! Are you telling me that a Patrick Doyle-esque romance theme would have worked in this saga? No, it wouldn't have, because we're used to Zimmer's style by now. I'm not saying Elizabeth couldn't do with a heartbreaking high-pitched violin theme accompanied by flutes, but it would just be out of order in this saga.

There's a name for elongated theme statements. Suites or concert arrangements. Heard about those?

Oh, come off it! Davy Jones and Will and Elizabeth are integrated masterfully. Now you're being unreasonable. I'll say it yet again, hoping (most likely in vain) you'll get my point: why do you always want every score to transcend, stand out, surprise or shock? The recording sessions for At World's End, apart from some minor cues, provide an excellent narrative. You do have a point about Beckett's Theme being not really catchy, but I still like it. Also, a teen banging any theme on a piano sounds a bit like Wiliams's catchy themes in general. Multiple Jacks is indeed different, but not beautiful.

Giving this score two stars is absurd. Zimmer did something about nearly all of your criticism from the previous score: he used a solo organ at one point, expanded the orchestra, integrated and came up with new themes and reduced the bass mix. Are you going to spend the remainder of your life wishing film scores were still being composed like they were 10 years ago? Times change, deal with it. Half of the things the modern crowds listen to are brainless to begin with (yes, I'm talking about Gangnam style and every other obnoxious thing humans produce these days whether 'they're happy' or not), so please be thankful that some of them like Hans Zimmer. Also, it might have escaped your notice, but the industry likes him too. So... well, yeah, I can't explain it any better.

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