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Comments about the soundtrack for Titus (Elliot Goldenthal)

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typo in the star count
• Posted by: Blair   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, July 19, 2003, at 9:57 p.m.
• IP Address: 24-56-227-188.mdmmi.voyager.net

In order to listen to this score, it is a requirement to see the movie. There is no other way to understand the random jazz mixed with electronic and orchestral music unless the movie is viewed. This score does what it is designed to do; to match the movie. The whole time my eyes were open, I was thinking 'What the heck?', and when I listened to the CD I thought 'What the heck?". Usually people on this site evaluate a project against their own judgment of what they like, or what the 'style' of the composer is. Truth of the matter is the score is written for the movie, and not as active listening entertainment.
When I put Winamp on random, I can tell when it lands on this score. Looking at it from a wider perspective, it starts off with a grand scale attention grabber. Succeeding is movie filler and accompaniment to what is taking place in the scene. Its fast pace, always changing, and isn't sure of its own direction. Then to conclude the roller coaster, (one of my songs out of my library) the finale just slows Everything down, takes its time, and relaxes the tension that the story tries to produce. This isn't a pirate movie, or an action thriller, or even teenage drama. Its a film score produced to aid in the emotional development of the plot, and shouldn't be taken any more than that. I don't hear one bit of any other composer in this score, nor a deviation from the overall plot of the movie...no wrong notes, enjoyable jazz sections.... so why not a 5 star?




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