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Re: Eternals score is MUCH better in the film [EDITED]
• Posted by: jjstarA113   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 1:57 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Eternals score is MUCH better in the film (Craig Richard Lysy)
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Message Edited: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 2:01 p.m.

> I believe at 65 minutes some really great additional music could have been
> added. As for those of you voicing chronology issues. I understand, as a
> reviewer it is indeed irritating, however, every single composer I have
> talked to on this matter (well over a dozen) state that in constructing
> their albums their primary motivation is listening experience - they do
> not give a damn about film chronology.

> When all is said and done, the artist's views govern, and I am fine with
> it. As a fan, I am thankful that I got an album. smile

> All the best

Okay, as much as I bitch and whine about film order, I do think there are excellent examples of non-chronological album presentations being better than chronological. For example, a while back I tried listening to the Maleficent soundtrack in film order (haven't seen the film, but someone made a list), and I realized the musical narrative was actually much better paced on the album program, with quieter, conversational sequences being properly broken up with action/horror cues, and (in my opinion) no resulting wonkiness with how the themes develop over the course of the CD. Meanwhile, the film order playlist has the quiet music for longer stretches, and so by comparison it's more of a drag.

However, with stuff like Eternals, Brian Tyler soundtracks, etc., it just seems like there's this irrational fear from composers/producers that the full CD won't hold the listener's attention if presented chronologically, so certain 'standout' tracks are pushed earlier in the program. Of course, like I said, there are cases where this was the right call to make, like Maleficent. But oftentimes this will do the opposite of holding my attention: when you go against that narrative flow and push all the 'good stuff' earlier, the album feels less like a satisfyingly-paced cinematic journey and more like a meandering slog. I thought The Boss Baby soundtrack from 2017 was kinda weak sauce until earlier this year when I figured out the film order. In particular, 'Francis Francis' (the villain's reveal and backstory scene) being the midpoint and 'You Want to Hug Me, Don't You?' being part of the emotional 1-2-3-punch ending along with 'Love' and 'Go Get Yourself a Horse' REALLY saves the whole listening experience.

I actually don't know how the current Eternals album fares when fully rearranged in film order, but I know for sure that moving 'Across the Oceans of Time' near the end where it belongs would alone make for a slightly-better album. Like what you said, whatever Djawadi says goes, but I think if Eternals were to get an expanded soundtrack, it would behoove him to have the score be presented chronologically.

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