Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
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Directed by Harald Zwart and based on the first book of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, "City of Bones" tells the story of a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, who enters on a quest when here mom is attacked and taken from their home in NYC by a demon.Sony Screen Gem is releasing the film nationwide on August 21 in the USA. The score album features the high energy music by composer Atli Orvarsson (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Eagle...) This score album is being released in conjunction with a songs album released by Republic Records.
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The opening theme sets the stage for the wonderful journey that follows. I mentioned crafting a mythology, and the score does indeed do that. The music feels solely part of the world that the movie exists in, and that's important. It gives the listener a grounding quality for the characters in the setting. The music's approach utilizes high-energy melodies and choral arrangements to give it a large scope. The action is also executed in pure Örvarsson style. Övarsson's scores all have this pulsating energy that drives them, and Mortal Instruments continues that. He can build tracks to great effect to give them an epic fantasy scope. The choral work in the score is definitely one of the main draws. It's not as deep and brooding as say Lord Of The Rings, which Shore used to create darkness and impending doom. Here the chorus has enough weight to give it substance yet light enough to keep it ethereal and mystical. The music really ramps up in energy and intensity in the final act, and there are some fantastic action tracks. Electronics are used to give the music the hard modern edge it needs, but we still keep that other worldly mysticism all the way through to the end.
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is some of Atli Örvarsson's best thematic work and it's a fantastically engaging score. The music is high-energy, but it also packs a lot of that grand fantasy to make the soundscape truly unique. Örvarsson's pulsating style works incredibly well here, and the choral arrangements really make a dramatic impact in the music. I've been a huge fan of Atli's music since the beginning of his career, and it's been great to see his sound gain strength over the years. Mortal Instruments is a wonderful example of Örvarsson's thematic sensibilities and pulsating action stylings.
I had no expectations about the score, and I haven't watched the film in ages so I couldn't have told you how the music went.
Imagine my surprise when there is an included AutoRip, and the magic I felt listening to the score before the CD even shipped.
I'm really glad I purchased this and can't wait to have the physical disc in my hands. The music is gorgeous, gothic, magical, ethereal, electronic (I know, I was surprised too!) and everything else that makes the world of the Shadowhunters irresistible.
Cannot recommend it high enough to Mortal Instruments fans - fans of the movie and books. Go forward and destroy Downworlders!
Yes, I realize this is a soundtrack,but even that should have music that keeps you engaged - not skipping to the next
track looking for something that doesn't sound like the last 3...that said, the main themes are interesting (*if your looking
for hard rock, hip hop etc. because this was a teenish movie, this isn't it.)
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