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• Posted by Olivier
• Date: Sunday, July 23, 2006, at 2:18 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Laying the Zimmer-basher smackdown just like old times? (Southall)

I suppose you know that joke (or a variant of it):

A man is sitting at a bar, drinking, and he says to no one in particular, "A man can spend his life building bridges. Do they call him John the Bridge Builder? No. A man can spend his life raising crops. Do they call him John the Farmer? No. But you one goat . . ."

I'm not sure what will remembered in 50 years: the bridges or the goat?
Zimmer has shown several times he can write some really very very good (even excellent) music in various styles (ethnic, full-blown orchestra, "minimalist", romantic, ...) (The Thin Red Line, Spanglish, The House of Spirits, The Lion King, The Prince of Egypt, Muppet Treasure Island, ...), with great themes () plus some mighty exciting "modern" action music (Broken Arrow), but what is constantly put forward (often by people who only know the Brukheimer side) is his MV style & company-- the goat (okay, goats), which he often merely "overproduced", laying downn the foundations and letting others complete the score.

He may not be a Herrmann or a Goldsmith, but he is no Damien either. He can be really good, but has been too successful in one field for his own good.

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