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• Posted by Christian Clemmensen
• Date: Thursday, June 29, 2006, at 1:05 p.m.
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...that Hans Zimmer is slowly becoming tragically one-dimensional. Even within his own boundaries, he has hits and misses. This one's another miss.

Dead Man's Chest is a different score stylistically from the first one. Zimmer varies the rhythms, volume, and instrumentation a bit more. But the same crippling problem remains: it isn't swashbuckling music. Not only that, but Zimmer is still hopelessly in love with his heavy bass line mixing and usual insufferably simplistic French horn writing (does it really matter if it's real or synthetic anymore?) and abrasive layers of string chopping. Is this guy even capable of mature woodwind incorporation? Or is that not even an option given that his drenched mixing of the other sections would drown those players out?

Nice to hear the electric guitar getting its due playing time, of course...

You would think that with seven ghostwriters on this project, something original would actually come out of this. The trance remix at the end is an awkwardly effective refresher for tired ears. Unfortunately, Muppet Treasure Island still remains Zimmer's best music for the genre. And Erich Wolfgang Korngold is still rolling in that grave.

By the way, unrelated note... If you're interested in destroying the planet, consult with this comprehensive guide:

I wonder what kind of music Zimmer would write for the "Total Existence Failure" theory.


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