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The Island Soundtrack
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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.
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!
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This only had a couple great tracks; the rest were background. But I don't want anything less than FLAC, and the two tracks made the CD worth it.Published 13 months ago by T. Cue.
A very well made "thrill ride". I watch it about once a month !!!Published 21 months ago by R. Colletti
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 21 months ago by R. B. Stine