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Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Hans ZimmerAudio CD
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German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents‚ having first enjoyed success in the world of pop music as a member of The Buggles. The group’s single Video Killed the Radio Star became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV.

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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: WaterTower Music
  • ASIN: B00C2U6EUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the music for this highly anticipated project, joining forces for the first time with director Zack Snyder.
The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic, said Snyder. I really feel like what Hans created is perfect. Subtle and stirring, epic and commanding. Honestly, Hans crushed it.
Both the standard and deluxe editions will include the epic track Man of Steel (Hans Original Sketchbook) which clocks in at over 28 minutes long. This exclusive track is performed solely by Zimmer, and allows listeners to experience firsthand his initial experiments with the film's music, which ultimately lay the foundation for the film's final score.
In addition to his orchestral arrangements, Zimmer, no stranger to stepping outside the confines of traditional film scoring, has assembled two unique musical entities to contribute music to Man of Steel. The first, a drum orchestra, which was brought together for the album, is described by soundtrack co-producer Peter Asher as some of the best drummers in the world all playing simultaneously in a space designed for a symphony orchestra using not only rock drum kits but tympani and field drums as well.
The membership of this elite assembly consisists of many of today s top musicians including John JR Robinson, Jason Bonham, Josh Freese, Pharrell Williams, Danny Carey, Satnam Ramgotra, Toss Panos, Jim Keltner, Curt Bisquera, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Matt Chamberlain, Ryeland Allison, Bernie Dresel, Vinnie Colaiuta and Sheila E. Their contribution, under Zimmer's musical direction, creates a towering and powerful musical accompaniment to the film.
Another distinctive group the composer assembled was a gathering of eight of music's finest pedal steel guitarists who play classical string section parts. This collective, consisting of Chas Smith, Marty Rifkin, Skip Edwards, Boo Bernstein, Peter Frieberger, Rick Schmidt, JD Maness, John McClung, was described by Asher as, a uniquely new metallic orchestra added it's own distinct and soaring musical stamp to the soundtrack.

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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on film, poor album arrangement June 14, 2013
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Got back from seeing the film this morning and have been listening to the album for a few days. I thought the music itself was very good, and thought it was great after seeing the movie and realizing how well it fit with each and every scene. It really gave all the action and emotion an extra kick in the pants, and Zimmer's propulsive score perfectly fits the character when he's in his element.

My main gripe, however, is the album arrangement. It's bizarre, and a little irritating, that the main highlights (DNA, Terraforming, Krypton's Last, If you Love These People) arrive so early on the album. When I first listened, I was waiting for some spectacular finale that, eleven or so tracks later, never came. Thats because I had already listened to it on track seven, in "if you love these people". It is also rather silly that they put "flying" and "what will you do when you are not saving the world" right beside each other in play order. They are very nearly identical save for a bit brighter feel in the latter song.

So, great music and a wonderful revisiting of the character, but do yourself a favor and create your own playlist. You'll enjoy it better that way.

*UPDATE*

I saw the movie again yesterday, so I put up a list. I don't think I can make an exact movie-order playlist since I don't have the film in front of me, but I'll do my best.

1. Look to the Stars
2. DNA
3. Goodbye My Son
4. Launch
5. I Will Find Him
6. Krypton's Last
7. Oil Rig
8. Are You Listening Clark?
9. Sent Here For a Reason
10. I Have So Many Questions
11. Flight
12. Earth
13. Tornado
14. You Led Us Here
15. General Zod
16. You Die or I Do
17. This is Madness!
18. Terraforming
19.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed and Emotionally Gripping June 11, 2013
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Updated review for the DTS:X at the end. Thanks for the comments and votes everyone; I appreciate the time you all take to read the review (I know it's a bit long).
Review for the Regular Soundtrack:

Zimmer's "Man of Steel" soundtrack holds a variety of themes and moods in the score. The most obvious theme is the one used for the action scenes. Zimmer has many tracks on the album devoted to the action type music and most songs have at least a small section of action in them. Songs like "Oil Rig" and "I Will Find Him" are almost entirely action cues. The action music focuses on the use of drums. The drums used in the tracks are powerful and sometimes a little overwhelming with Zimmer's fearless and bold songs that could easily raise the tension in any scene just with their sound. Fortunately, each action cue is not a rehash of the theme and each song has it's own unique sound. Secondly, there are several somber or elegant pieces that evoke strong emotions. "Goodbye My Son" is a particularly powerful piece that uses an escalating string and vocal movement reaching toward a climax with a solo violin and a single female humming a tune (think "Pan's Labyrinth" with more in the background). The song is very powerful and really sets a great tone for the loss and hope for the scene. Also, "Krypton's Last" is another song with an emotional pull. The song opens with many instruments playing a sad tune but it quickly moves into a solo violin as it plays a somber theme for Krypton's last moments. It concludes with an action section that is heavy on drums and strings. The third obvious sound is the majestic theme for Superman. The most obvious of these is, "What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World" (That's a mouthful).
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man of Steel - Original Soundtrack June 11, 2013
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"Man of Steel" looks to be very different from any previous Superman films, and so it requires a different style of music.

If anyone is right for the project, it's composer Hans Zimmer. Zimmer has been involved with some of my favorite movies in recent years - The Dark Knight, Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Gladiator. With the Dark Knight Trilogy, he successfully created a new tone that was different from any previous Batman music. It appears he has done the same for the Man of Steel. Everybody loves John Williams' theme for the original Superman films - to try and replicate it would be a mistake. So Zimmer does the only sensible thing, and goes in a completely different direction with his score.

Every track on this album has something unique to offer; there is great variety, and that makes for a pleasant listening experience. There is plenty of the intense epic music that Zimmer is known for (those who have accused him of being too bombastic in the past will no doubt have the same complaint here). But there's also plenty of emotion too - some of my favorite cues are the softer ones.

As a bonus, you get a 28-minute track called "Hans' Original Sketchbook", which features some of Zimmer's key musical concepts, plus some early ideas and a bit of music unused in the film (although much of it sounds like pieces from other tracks on the album).

Also, for those wondering where the music used in the film's trailer can be found, it's the track titled "What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?" - Track #17 (or Track #1 of Disc 2 for the limited edition CD).

The superhero genre is full of great music, and the "Man of Steel" soundtrack is right up there with the best of them. I highly recommend this album!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical.
Pretty much a typical Hans Zimmer action score. Catchy, but not memorable. Energetic, but not exciting. Emotional, but not moving. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan of Hans Zimmer anyway but I love the heavy brass of these...
I'm a fan of Hans Zimmer anyway but I love the heavy brass of these songs. They fit perfectly within the movie.
Published 5 days ago by Noelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing!!!!
Published 15 days ago by Maria Yunen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music
Published 17 days ago by Lovetoon1
5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Zimmer's Unique Style Is Powerful
Hans Zimmer's unique style is integrated so effortlessly but effectively into MAN OF STEEL. I think this is one of Hans Zimmer's most interesting works. Read more
Published 20 days ago by gobirds2
4.0 out of 5 stars Rises above the movie it's from.
The movie was a disappointment, but the music is haunting, powerful and beautiful.
Published 1 month ago by overlordspock
5.0 out of 5 stars Super music for a superhero!
Awesome soundtrack to an awesome movie. "Man of Steel" is one of my favorite superhero movies, if not my absolute favorite. The music for the film is incredible.
Published 1 month ago by Mike C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack. Worked well to get a digital copy
Excellent soundtrack. Worked well to get a digital copy.
Published 1 month ago by Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Man of Steel
Great album and delivered promptly within the timescales given
Published 1 month ago by MR IAN J HOLMES
5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Zimmer at His Best
After seeing the movie I had to have the score. Well packaged and a great addition to my library. Hans Zimmer at his best.
Published 1 month ago by T. Olsen
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"An Ideal of Hope" was a fanmade name, the official name is "What Are You Going to Do When You're Not Saving the World?". It's the last track in the listing.
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