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The Island [Soundtrack]

Steve Jablonsky Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: Steve Jablonsky
  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • ASIN: B0009X766E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Island Awaits You
2. Where Do These Tubes Go?
3. Sector 6
4. Starkweather
5. Agnate Ukuleles
6. You Have A Special Purpose In Life
7. Mass Vehicular Carnage
8. Renovatio
9. I'm Not Ready To Die
10. This Tongue Thing's Amazing
11. Mass Winnings
12. The Craziest Mess I've Ever Seen
13. Send In The Clones
14. My Name Is Lincoln
15. Blow

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The Island is composed by Steve Jablonsky and conducted by Blake Neely. The score is mostly electronic, with string, brass, choir and solo instruments adding to the palette. Milan. 2005.

After supplying something known as "additional music" to many films since the late 1990s, Steve Jablonsky seems to have become the go-to composer for director-producer Michael Bay. Jablonsky's score for Bay's sci-fi thriller The Island shows the influence of its producer, Hans Zimmer. "The Island Awaits You" sets up the mood, which is oddly muted for a movie directed by explosion-master Bay. Even a track titled "Mass Vehicular Carnage" is merely ominously low-key, oddly sounding like something by dank trip-hopper Tricky. Elsewhere, the electronic number "Starkweather" successfully creates a feeling of oppressive tension before integrating elements of the main theme. Unfortunately, in his effort to avoid big ka-booms, Jablonsky can be overly subdued; while nothing is jarring, nothing makes much of an impression either. Actually, there is one jarring thing on this CD, and it's the Prom Kings' nu metal/funk hybrid "Blow," tacked on at the end like an afterthought. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jablonsky variations on a theme by Jablonsky July 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Steve Jablonsky worked on quite a few works with Hans Zimmer but only with the "additional music." Now Jablonsky is flying solo. He's worked on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Steamboy and The Amittyville Horror. With The Island, we get to hear Jablonsky's abilities on action scoring.

The Island score starts off with some good guitar music accompanied by some brass roars with a male chorus every now and then intensifying every time it appears. After a minute or so the music becomes uneasy as Ewan McGregor's character has a nightmare about drowning. The theme is carried over across the album used tastefully never overwrought like, say, James Horner.

Two tracks that I did not enjoy were "Mass Vehicular Carnage" and "Blow." "Mass Vehicular Carnage" didn't sound like score material, its more of a hip-hop song because it contained lyrics. "Blow" is not found anywhere in the movie and its not even part of the score. Its probably one of those "inspired by" rock songs.

The score is good action percussion. There are some romantic moments in the album where Steve uses his guitar motif softly (e.g. This Tongue Thing is Amazing). "My Name Is Lincoln" brings all the themes of the album together very nicely with a lyricless chorus.

Michael Bay usually hires someone from the Media Ventures' gang to score his films. Steve Jablonsky met the challenge and, in my opinion, succeeded. I recommend this score if you're into the electronic Media Venture works.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great score. I loved the music during the movie and bought the CD immediately afterward. There are a lot of small pieces throughout the movie, not enough to make whole tracks by themselves. I thought the score was well-compiled and mixed to make unique individual pieces that can stand alone. As one person wrote, the track titled "The Craziest Mess I've Ever Seen" doesn't match the music used in the film during the main chase scene, but I think it was expanded and edited to include short action sequence cues from other parts of the movie. Again, I think this is nice work compiling and mixing to get all the music from the movie into workable tracks.

This music is slightly more electronic than any of Hans Zimmer's recent works. For those familiar with Hans Zimmer's scores to Crimson Tide, The Lion King, Mission Impossible 2, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, and The Last Samurai, none of these are more electronic than the music in The Island.

The two tracks titled "Mass Vehicular Carnage" and "Blow" should have been left out. They aren't score music; they are songs probably played in the background (almost inaudibly) at some point in the movie.

The music is varied throughout the score, the themes aren't overused -- and again, I think this is due to careful mixing and editing. The soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream fails because it is a collection of every short snippet of music in the film, made into individual tracks. I also recently bought Trevor Rabin's score to Armageddon. There are a couple great pieces and a couple great themes, but The Island score is far better. This is great music!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly good Score! November 9, 2006
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This is a hauntingly good score to a pretty darned good film, which for whatever whim of the masses was less than well received. I you like taiko drums, fast paced and wonderfully executed "world beat" music, this is definitely the score for you, I've played it again and again and it only gets better with each listening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing September 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely LOVE the Soundtrack. The first time i watched the Movie, i was so drawn into it because of the music. Yes, there are some songs that wern't on my "A" list, but then with some others, it just takes my breath away.

The orchestra is strong and intense. At times you can say that its my "meditation" music, because I relax the most when I listen to it.

To me, it was an absolute enjoyment, to others it might not be, because they only like the music cause it "went well" with the movie and that was how they came to get the soundtrack.

Because I am a devoted fan to the movie "The Island" I loved it :)

My most favorite song out of the whole sound track is "My Name Is Lincoln" as well as "This Tongue Thing's Amazing" are my most absolute favorite!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars w00t this cd owns August 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
i saw the movie and absolutely loved it, a plot that is interesting and action sequences that just dont stop. what i also enjoyed was the soundtrack, i fell in love with it almost immediately. my friend purchased the soundtrack like right after we left the theater and ive borrowed it like 100,000,000 times. it isnt as great as the music in the movie, they must have edited it in the movie. but its one of those cds that u can put in ur playlist and listen to forever...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars for The Island January 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Unlike the previous reviewer, I'm very much a fan of Media Ventures style of scoring. Hans Zimmer is one of my most favourite composers, and his protege Klaus Badelt is high on my list as well. The Island, from Zimmer protege Steve Jablonsky, was one of my most anticipated Christmas presents, and while i'm not completely overjoyed with the result, i'm not too disappointed either. This is a competent score that was just simply not what I expected.

What I expected was simple - a Zimmer or Badelt score. What I got was closer in vein to Badelt's electronic Recruit score than The Rock or Batman Begins. This CD is much more techno and electronic than I expected, and as a result, it meanders. The best moments of the score are the first and last tracks (excluding the pointless rock song at the end) because of their moving orchestral themes. Indeed, the last track is one of the most powerful tracks I've ever heard. Everything in between ranges from dark electronic suspense to techno action music - the latter of which is more welcome and heard less than the former.

Ultimately, is this CD worth your money? Yeah, sure. I enjoyed it, while not as much as some Media Ventures albums, it has it's moments of greatness....but just know that when you listen to it, expect more techno than action.


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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Love the music. Very relaxing to listen to. Great quality. Was always a huge fan of the movie, but now a fan of the music also.
Published 13 hours ago by R. B. Stine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good music.
Published 2 months ago by Alan Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Jablonsky
Steve Jablonsky is definitely a first class movie composer. He develops excellent themes throughout all his movies that he has worked on, and his action music ,is first class. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tom P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another perfect soundtrack.
What can I say? Amazon ships EXTREMELY fast, it was a good price, and of course, the score is from Steve Jablonsky! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Vincent Feinman
5.0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack.
They used the track "I am Lincoln" for another movie trailer (can't remember that movie) and it caused me to track down this soundtrack. A great effort from Steve J! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chri$
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I wanted this for one song and it has such great music to the movie, I am very happy with it.
Published 22 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I primarily bought this soundtrack for the song, My Name Is Lincoln and I've fallen in love with the whole CD. Read more
Published 22 months ago by K.R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Island
Great composer and happy with entire cd, except for one song with a few bad words. Other than that, 3 years later I found what I was looking for.
Published on June 27, 2012 by swat4hire
5.0 out of 5 stars Chill and dream
Empowering soundtrack. One of the few discs worth buying the entire album.When you need spirtual input and look for energy or if you feel sad and need to dream off, both emotions... Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by John-Robert Skrob
4.0 out of 5 stars My Name is Lincoln!
This, in my opinion, is the first great score from composer Steve Jablonski, who went on to score the two Transformers films. Read more
Published on March 25, 2010 by JMM
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