3 January 2014

Hanz Zimmerman - Inception

In a sort of loose of arc which I have been toying with for the team, we will from time to time be looking into soundtracks for films, computer games, stage plays, etc, etc.  Basically these are a big way for music to be played out for people.  You can get some where it will enhance the movie experience, some that will overshadow a work to the determent of the overall experience and then you have ones that do nothing what so ever for it.  One man who has been in the game for a long time is Hans Zimmer; he is a must have man in Hollywood these days and for the last thirty years by the look of it.  Looking back at his works and he has been behind some of the greatest modern movies - Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise, the Hollywood versions of Sherlock Holmes, Kevin Nolan's Batman Trilogy.  But he has also scored some absolute turkeys as well - Space Rangers, Shark's Tale, Megamind - but when you’re making six or eight scores a year, not everyone is going to be a gem.

The score here is for the movie Inception, the 2010 blockbuster by Christopher Nolan which took the world by storm with his visual effects and effective story line. The fact he got the best performance I have seen out of Leonard DiCaprio (never been his biggest fan).  When you take away the film from the music, sometimes it can be to the detriment of the music itself; sometimes it is hard to find a piece of originally scripted film score that works without its visual brethren.  This soundtrack is one of those rare beasts though, that not only lives in a separate world to the film, and it almost transcends the movie as well.  Most of the tracks tend to return to a theme, or as it is called in my house the sound of a monstrous foghorn.  Obviously this is to bring unity to the work and it is very effective; especially as the images stay with you longer and when you hear the music away from the film the memory of these moments are relived.

Now to go through ever track like I would with a normal album review, you obviously have stand out moments - the main piece called "Dream Is Collapsing", the end music called "Time" and "Mombasa" bring back the parts of the movie that they are used for.  "Time" is for me the most effective of the pieces of the album, it brings back those end moments when the film is reaching its final moments (if you want a spoiler, here is the link to the Wikipedia page) that I still find myself with a lump in my throat at that point.  There are a few pieces which feel overlong on the album which I did not obviously notice on the film such as "Waiting For A Train" and "Old Souls", but that is the work of the soundtrack at times - it might only work in the movie itself.  With that said, it does not mean the music of the above two tracks does not work for me; it just needs to be heard in the context of the film.  

Overall this album is a beautiful and moving piece of work, I can listen to the best part of it outside of the film without skipping the odd couple of tracks (and even then sometimes I will just listen to it all the way through).  This for me is the sign of a high quality soundtrack where I can be taken back to the moment I saw the movie and the soundtrack added to the tension on screen.  With extra guitar work from Johnny Marr on the album, this for me is probably the best piece of work that Hans Zimmer has ever released.  It is totally worth looking into it if you have not heard it before; also the movie is brilliant as well.

9 out of ten - Almost perfect....Almost

Top track - Time

You can purchase the album from Spotify here

You can visit the Warner Brothers website for the film here

You visit the Hans Zimmer website here

You can listen to most of the album in the UK on Spotify here (a couple of the tracks are missing)

Same story on Deezer as well with the same tracks

Here is the YouTube link to the trailer

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