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Comments about the soundtrack for X-Men (Michael Kamen)

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Sorry to undermine you guys again!
• Posted by: Peter Marks   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2000, at 3:22 p.m.
• IP Address: as31-s16-147-145.cwci.net

This one definitely deserves a 4 at least. I cannot comment fully on this one as I am far too tired at this point in the day. However, I shall refrain from using phrases like "this score rocks" because I am a more classically-inclined score fan, anyway, the score in question....

The review compares Kamen's style to Joel McNeely and Elliot Goldenthal, but that really only applies to track 11. The closest this style is to anyone elses is surprisingly John Williams. It is Kamen's use of leitmotif that brings William's to mind, as well as the brilliant 1st track which reminds me of prologues to Jurassic Park and Lost World.

Mystique's theme is absolutely haunting on the cello and the cellists get a well-deserved mention in the leaflet. It is at its thematic best at the end of 'Magneto Stand Off' track 7. This track also represents Kamen's pounding use of strings and piano thoughout the score for magneto's theme - fantastic stuff.

The use of electric percussion and guitar (only occasionally) only makes this score better as it works very well. Track 2 is a good example when Sabretooth first attacks (yes, you'll appreciate this score better if you see the score) the guitar works really well and soon paves the way for the X-men theme in orchestral might. The main theme, by the way, is used just about right, as it would be too much to use it more.

Tracks 9 + 11 are fantastic, as is 6 once you get to know it. You decide the score, but mine is 4






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