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Doyle relates that he aimed for a Norwegian folk song feel for the character- a noble folk song, with lots of celtic influences. Thor's theme is very much this, like a well known ditty everyone learns as children. Noble, angst laden and reflective- which is appropriate for a powerful being cast down to learn humility- it also lacks the swagger and bombast that would've driven him here. It resembles Wendy Carlos' Tron theme in that it can extend over twenty notes at full usage, but generally stays around 14 or so. Thor's theme forms the basis for many of the cues, and after seeing the movie it does get to stick in your mind a little.
The heroic theme for Asgard is a three-note up-tempo horn bleat repeated three times underscored by a two-note combo on bass drum with hammer and anvil. This leads into a 23-note trumpet/trombone supported with courtly high strings in a four-note ostinato and a quick programmed drum roll. To be honest, again, it comes off as a little light to me.Read more ›
There are two central themes at play here; what I call the 'heroic' theme and the 'danger' theme. One is a sweeping and emotional theme that represents Thor and the other a percussive action styling that makes up the basis of all the action tracks, or whenever danger is present. The soundscape works off of these two sounds and Doyle will usually clash the two to create momentous cues that not only are intense but emotionally gripping. A lot of this comes towards the end though. The beginning of the album is more dedicated to setting up the characters, setting and story.Read more ›
The foldout booklet is pretty good, especially when one opens the CD case to find Mjollnir. The front and back images (the theatrical posters) are just awesome.
Chasing The Storm
Sons of Odin
Frost Giant Battle
Science And Magic
Thor Kills the Destroyer
Can You See Jane?
Earth To Asgard
With a rich set of sweeping themes, excitement, and emotion, "Thor" is a win in my book! If you're a Patrick Doyle fan or a Thor fan, then pick it up! You won't regret it!
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Amazing orchestral score- it is so epic, gentle, and driving at different points that perfectly capture the emotion. This is on my list of best music ever made!Published 19 days ago by Meggie Duncan
Honestly, By far my top favorite soundtrack of all time. I've listened to hundreds up soundtrack while I'm installing floors and this one is my go-to most of the time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The score is decent enough, but it seems like Patrick Doyle has lost his personality. Doyle's style seems sadly absent from the score. This actually sounds more like Hanz Zimmer.Published 2 months ago by D. Clark
I loved listening to this soundtrack on Spotify, but wanted to be able to listen to it on the go, even without internet/data connection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sole Musketeer
It worked well in the film but its rather dull, repetitive and typical to most other bland film music these days. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Musical tastes are personal, but I personally love movie music composers such as Patrick
Doyle, James Horner, John Williams and others. Read more
It has been too long since a film score took my attention and Patrick Doyle has done it with this score ranging from a heroic charging theme to a single key emotive theme of love... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Holden Punk
excellent article, very satisfied with the purchase and supplier ThanksPublished 16 months ago by maria prado