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One of the best soundtracks I own
on January 14, 2005
As like Crouching Tiger and Hero, the impressive impact and emotion of the movie is be attributed a large deal to the score, but I think House of Flying Daggers offers the best one yet.
Tan Dun's Crouching Tiger was beautiful, very traditional and emotional, with some epic sounds thrown in for the desert scenes. Hero tried to follow suit, but I think it sounded way too much like Crouching Tiger, and thus became extremely repetitive. House of Flying Daggers on the other hand offered something entirely new. It has a more contemporary sound than the other two, and is one of the least repetitive soundtracks I've heard.
The running theme of 'Lovers' is extremely moving, whether it be in the melancholy Er-hu solo in track 10, the operatic title song by Kathleen Battle (with a beautiful piano opening) or track 8, the soaring 'Lovers - Flower Garden', where the heart of the soundtrack lies (and which is also my favourite track!)
There are also other elements in the score, such as the middle-eastern sounding 'Battle in the Forest'(after a serene intro), the epic orchestra in 'No Way Out', and the rhythmic strings in 'Farewell'.
The HOFD soundtrack is so multifaceted it's hard to get tired of listening to it. A must for your record collection!