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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (John Williams)

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• Posted by: Montana Score Fan
• Date: Saturday, April 30, 2005, at 5:56 p.m.
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• In Response to: Then walk your ass across the street and submi... (Christian Clemmensen)

In response to earlier comments, I think it would be useful to note that neither I nor anybody else is questioning the length or obvious amount of thought that went into Mr. Clemmensen's review of the score. What some of us were saying is that, in the mad rush to review the music as presented on Sony's album, one may lose sight of the forest for the trees, because the music in the movie may be drastically different. On screen, this may be the best score of the six, and if it turned out that way, would we feel perhaps a little embarrassed for rushing to conclusions based on the album presentation of the score? Would we continue to insist it was the worst of the six? Or would we admit we rushed into writing a review as fast as we could while still providing time to listen to the album? I imagine that if you were simply given the album presentation of "Empire Strikes Back" as it was originally released, and judged it without seeing it in the film, you probably would have thought it was awful. Of course, we know that wasn't the case. People consider that score to be superior to many others due to its presentation in the film, not because of its 1980 album. All the listening in the world to that album (even "for a week") wouldn't change the fact that the album was terrible, the score in the film was superb.

I am not offering my own review, nor made any illusion to doing so. A common childish response to criticism is to "try and do it yourself and do it better," but when Americans criticize a President, one doesn't say, "Well, why don't you run for office and do it better?" Or, when they say a car is ugly, "Well, why don't you build a better Pinto?" To argue as such is baseless.

Also, your assumption that I spend my days with my head in a keg shows to me that you already have a preconception about UM students, and it would be worthless to try and discuss it with you otherwise. Clearly from your whiney, petulant response to valid criticism, you are unable to accept anything but glowing praise. If you don't want to be criticized, shut off your feedback forum (message boards), or else screen every comment so your ego can be stroked into complacency. If you provide the forum, don't belittle people for using it for its purpose. And please don't personally attack me or any other poster because of a difference of opinion. I called the review pretentious, not you. And instead of responding to my criticisms, you attack me by assuming I am a beer-crazed keg-dweller.

Perhaps, in the end, you should address this question: Does Filmtracks review film scores anymore? Or does it review film score albums? I think you have already answered that question based on this review, which I still contend ? because the film is yet to be released ? was written before any person can accurately gauge the quality of the score.

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