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Battle: Los Angeles Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B004K7M73C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Green, NCGBT VINE VOICE on March 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Battle: LA by Brian Tyler is a strong, often impressive piece of work. The ideals of honor, sacrifice, battle, hope, life and death that the film didn't quite deliver are captured here, and he explodes them into your headphones.

But where Tyler shines is in introducing some of the best percussion cues since Brad Fiedel's Terminator motif. For now I'll just call them the Primary Snare motif (1-2/3-4-5-6)- strong, determined and deliberate, and the Secondary Snare motif (1-2-3-4-5/6)- almost a reversal and more battle-oriented, but every bit as equal. He also indulges heavily in what seems to be the new trend in composing: adding sub-tonal pulses and rhythm guitar riffs and sweep-picks.

The main theme consists of four 3-note measures that alternately rises and falls on the last note, even as the other notes rise in pitch after the second measure (a-b-c/a-b-C/A-B-c/A-B-C). It's first introduced on rhythm guitar, but also shows up on string and horn as lesser variants and alternates appear frequently as the score progresses.

Some highlights:
Battle: LA Hymn- Intros with the emotional guitar picking heard in the trailer, which segues into an extended variant of the 12-note main theme, supported by faint strings, tonal pulse and choir. At 1:00 it switches into a harder percussion beat accompanied by snares, the strings joining as the guitar theme gets stronger and exchanges higher synths for the choir. At 1:30 it settles into a softer version before changing up again at 2:05 into a brief rock-based tempo accompanied with clavesticks until the outro.

Battle: LA Main Titles- One of the better openings you'll hear.
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Ever since Independence Day, I've kind of had a thing for movies where aliens destroy major cities. Unfortunately for me, these types of film don't come around that often. So when I heard about Battle: LA, my hopes were raised. When I saw the trailer, my hopes were raised even higher. Now, if the movie could live up to its excellent soundtrack, then we might have something here.

Highlights Include:
Battle Los Angeles Main Titles
Redemption
Battle Los Angeles
We Are Still Here

Composer Brian Tyler never really caught my eye before simply because most of the work he did was unmemorable produced for studio schlock. With this soundtrack however, I feel that Tyler is a revelation here, showing that he has real talent. He comes out of the Hans Zimmer school, but here it's just an influence and Tyler verges on several other paths so he doesn't feel derivative. This sense of originality kind of sets him apart from several other composers already, since he breathes life in what could have been a tired work.

Tyler conveys all of the tones of the movie very well in the work, as it verges from the epic, to the standard military glory pieces we've seen in years past, to downtrodden, to sad, to yes, even a bit alien. It all works well, and Tyler composes it all effortlessly to the point where I already felt like I was in the movie. Another hard feat he manages to pull of is that even though the album is over in hour in length, I never found myself board listening to it, although I did feel a bit lulled at a few of the slower more emotional pieces towards the middle. Still, tracks like "Redemption," even though they stretch 8 minutes in length, never wear out their welcome.
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After seeing the film "Battle: Los Angeles" I knew I had to go get the soundtrack. After listening to it couple of times, I have to say that the compelling and emotionally charged score is just as impressive as the action sequences of the movie itself. The film begins on a picturesque California beach where a group of gruff combat Marines are going through their paces staying in shape with a morning jog. The main character, a veteran Marine Staff Sergeant played by Aaron Eckhart from "The Dark Knight" is doing his best to keep up with the younger twenty something year olds as he's nearing the end of a long productive career; leaving him with the nagging question of "Where do I go from here?" Nevertheless, fate intervenes in the form of some unexpected events on the California coast when alien aircraft begin their Armageddon-like assault on earth forcing the reluctant Staff Sergeant to hold off his retirement as he mobilizes his forces to the ready as an all out military counter offensive is launched to take back the planet from the relentless alien onslaught. The drama and suspense only builds from there as Eckhart and his Marines execute a daring and dangerous mission to bring the fight to the enemy and rescue innocent civilians caught in the maelstrom. In the process, the characters each discover something unique about themselves as they come together as a unit in a desperate struggle for survival.
The film delivers the gritty raw emotion and teamwork of "Black Hawk Down" and the nail biting suspense and jaw dropping spectacle of "Independence Day." Nonetheless, the film's score composed by Brian Tyler does not disappoint. His musical orchestra talents are right up there with blockbuster soundtrack genius Hans Zimmer.
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