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Pacific Rim Soundtrack from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures

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Music by Ramin Djawadi

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  • ASIN: B00DIJ49UW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
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By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2013
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There's a nice mix of intensity and melody in the "Pacific Rim" score. The guitar is used quite frequently, something I love in movie scores because it is somewhat uncommon. The first few tracks on the album capture your interest immediately and place you in that world, and then fortunately the rest of the album continues to provide a quality music experience.

I have become a fan of composer Ramin Djawadi over the last few years, I particularly enjoy his work on "Game of Thrones". He has become very good at infusing epic action movies with emotion and heart. I think he was the right person to score "Pacific Rim". In some ways, this score reminds me of Djawadi's work on the first "Iron Man" film - and that's a good thing.

I'm very excited to see the movie, especially after hearing this score (which I think will work well based on the imagery I've seen from the movie). This soundtrack is worth a purchase, and its definitely something that you could listen to multiple times.

FAVORITE TRACKS
[1] Pacific Rim
[2] Gipsy Danger
[3] Canceling the Apocalypse
[7] Mako
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Without even seeing the film, Pacific Rim is a labor of love to a genre of cinema that has never been fully realized in the Western World. Mecha/Kaiju Films have only until now been animated, or poorly adapted in live action films, and what little exposure to anything of this caliber in the United States has been underwhelming, and poorly executed because of a general lack of substance.

The soundtrack to the film is a bombastic blast to the genre in all of the right ways. Each track carries with it a sense of the film's style and respect for its source. For example, track 1 "Pacific Rim" carries the weight of a theme song if the film as a series, and track 2 "Gipsy Danger" resonates with the sound of the hero-mecha's main anthem. When you hear those first cords of the track, you can't help but feel the Mecha's presence.
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I first heard Ramin's work on Iron Man and have payed attention to him ever since. But honestly, I think Pacific Rim is my favorite soundtrack from him yet. It's a great balance of action and heart. I decided to go see the movie once I listened to this score. Definitely recommended.
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If you've already read my site's review of Guillermo del Toro's new sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, you'll know by now that I absolutely loved it from start to (almost) finish. A few clichéd relationships and a good dose of summer camp brought the film down at points but these ended up being forgivable shortcomings when put into perspective of the entire package: giant robots vs. giant monsters. I mean, what more could one expect from a movie with the tagline "go big or go extinct"? Del Toro dared to go big and, thankfully, original and it paid off in spades, making Pacific Rim the surprise hit of the summer for me.

Also a surprise was Ramin Djawadi's score for the film. In interview, del Toro explained how he first became aware of Ramin Djawadi through his addiction to popular Fox series Prison Break, which the composer scored from 2005-2009. What struck him was how Djawadi's music was so integral to his enjoyment of the show's remarkable energy. "His scores have a grandeur and also have an incredible sort of human soul" del Toro stated while working with Djawadi on Pacific Rim. Not everyone in the film music community would expressly agree with del Toro. Since his score for Iron Man put him on the radar, Djawadi has received mixed criticism and praise for his aggressively synthesized/electronic sensibilities and reliance on the Remote Control Productions toolbox for most projects. Personally, I have always enjoyed Ramin Djawadi's work with a kind of guilty pleasure mindset; his scores often work functionally in the film and usually produce two to three tracks worth listening to on their own, even when he avoids exploring the most thematically developed of routes.
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I knew going into Pacific Rim that Guillermo del Toro was given free reign to explore his inner "Godzilla." Unlike the B level Godzilla franchise, Pacific Rim delivers every bit the punch one expects. While I do not often recommend the 3D, owing to the weak economy, this film should be seen in the best theater with 3D. I have seen both, and the 3D does add an extra kick.

The score is sweeping, and classic. While it does lack an extremely distinctive tune, like the Lord of the Rings suite; the music matches the epic. Heart pounding and determined, the score from the trailer and film make one want to fight legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju. Also, The German word "Jaeger," is finally known to the masses as "Hunter." So, for the bar flies, Enjoy your Jägermeister with exuberance from now on.
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Like the Kaiju, the songs on this album are clones of each other. Variations on a theme with elements of Klaus Badelt's "Pirates of the Caribbean", Bear McReary's "Battlestar Galactica" & Geinoh Yamashirogumi's "Akira" appearing here & there.
Play "Pacific rim", "Gipsy Danger" & "Go big or go extinct" with a fast fade in/out so there is but the briefest of pauses between the tracks &... you get 10:29 of the kick-ass pumping rocking reason you wanted this album.
"Mako" is the only track that doesn't eventually 'run home to mama' thematically. "Pentecost" & "The Shatterdome" bait & switch, beginning like they're going to be individuals but soon rejoining the herd. I understand the concept of a common/recurring theme, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, especially when it's a thinly veiled disguise.
Star Wars. Star Trek. Raiders of the lost Ark. The Abyss. The last of the Mohicans. Dances with wolves. Battlestar Galactica. These are soundtracks that are a pleasure to listen to start to finish. Pacific Rim is a great opening that turns into one long run on sentence.
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