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Blade Runner 2049 Soundtrack
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Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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The Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack highlights the entrancing, ethereal, and enigmatic original score composed by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight, Gladiator, The Lion King) and Golden Globe & Emmy nominee Benjamin Wallfisch (It, Hidden Figures, Annabelle: Creation). Original and classic compositions round out this sci-fi noir masterpiece. Finally, the album concludes with an original song by GRAMMY Award nominee, Lauren Daigle. Over a backdrop of cyber-infused soul production, it delivers a hypnotic and haunting performance.
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"Blade Runner 2049 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (24 tracks; 94 min.) opens with the abstract, almost tentative "2049". "Sapper's Tree" and "Flight To LAPD" are short pieces, almost interludes really. Then comes Frank Sinatra's "Summer Wind" (which the Ryan Gosling character plays on his hologram jukebox). Much later in the movie (and on this soundtrack), we get another Frank Sinatra tune, as well as 2 Elvis tunes, all featured in a memorable scene between the Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford characters. "Rain" is a beautiful and restrained piece. "Wallace", on the other hand, reflects the darker side that is the Wallace character. "Someone Lived This" and "Joi" sound like they were taken straight from Vangelis' brain. In fact, that can be said of a lot of the music on here: "let's imagine how Vangelis would've done this", seems to be the motto or process by which Zimmer and Wallfisch composed this score. In that sense, the music is quite derivative but no less exquisite. In fact the best is yet to come on this score: check out "Her Eyes Were Green", a romantic, almost wistful tune. "Sea Wall", on the other hand, is a full-throttle and epic 10 min. composition that is out of this world. "Tears In the Rain" is credited to Zimmer & Wallfisch, but is clearly taken from/inspired by the song of same name from the 1982 soundtrack. Then comes "Blade Runner", a 10 min. mini-suite that in essence captures the many themes heard earlier in the movie. it runs over the movie's end titles. This collection ends with a song called "Almost Human", sung by Lauren Daigle. Please note: this song is NOT featured in the movie. Frankly, it is nowhere as good as the score, and it's easy to see why this was not included in the movie.
Last but certainly not least: i was dismayed to see that Amazon sells this soundtrack only as an MP3, and not on CD. There is in fact a 2 CD release of this soundtrack, you just need to google it and it'll come right up (that is where I bought it).
As to the movie itself, given the cult status of the 1982 movie, and the 35 year wait, could the new Blade Runner possibly deliver the goods and live up to expectations? As it turns out, YES and YES. Director Dennis VIlleneuve delivers a masterpiece that is complex, brooding and epic, yet while staying true to the spirit of the 1982 original. If you are expecting an "action sci-fi", you will be sorely disappointed, as "Blade Runner 2049" is not for anyone in a hurry. I thought it was bloody brilliant. "Blade Runner" both the soundtrack and the movie, is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
*UPDATE Late November '17* It seems that Amazon now is finally selling the CD as well. No idea whether it is the same CD version that I bought from the official Blade Runner merch site in early October.
If you like Bass Communion, SunnO))), drone, ambient, etc... you'll love this one. It will blow your mind and heart away.
If you are expecting melodies and tunes, please go away. This kind of experimental music is not for newbies.
The last song, by Lauren Daigle is absolutely innecesary... and almost ruined the experience. Gladly I was able to rip and re-edit the soundtrack without that track.
My copy arrived yesterday, December 31st, by Amazon courier. I have been listening to the records so far, and so far, I've been satisfied. I like the quiet, flat pressings. They are not pressed off center, not warped, or noisy. But above all, I like the fact that the Elvis and Frank Sinatra tracks are NOT on the vinyl version. The album features a lot of dark and gloomy background music and sounds. It does not contain any film dialogue clips, which is what you would have found on the Vangelis soundtrack to the 1982 film "Blade Runner" and contains only 1 song at the very end. It may be unfair to compare the two soundtracks as well as the 2 films, set 35 years apart, both in the fictional and real worlds, and both technology and filmmaking methods have evolved in the meantime. When listening to the soundtrack, don't come with expectations that this will equal or beat Vangelis' soundtrack, but listen with an open mind. These are different composers on a different movie, in which (spoiler here) the character of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) does not appear until 90 minutes into the film. If people came to the see the film, expecting Harrison Ford to appear within the first 15 minutes, then they were disappointed. Similarly, if people buy this soundtrack expecting to hear the 1982 "Blade Runner" soundtrack all over again, they too will be disappointed. In both the film and album, these are not the Vangelis and Ford shows. These are works performed by other people, and should be judged on their own merits, not by comparing the old and the new.
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Two disc's, I loaded them into my mp3 player after pulling out the Elvis so I have a good long mood playlist to work or study to.