Reviews by DBJC
Man of Steel
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I think that Man of Steel have to be the loudest score that Hans Zimmer has ever composed. And what do I mean by loud? I mean PERCUSSION STATION. Now, that's not very surprising, since Hans Zimmer is a percussionist, but he hasn't used this much percussion in a score. EVER. I mean, he hired nine drummers. NINE. And the way that he overlaid them so that they would blast through cinema speakers was AMAZING. I mean it IS. It's a great score in my opinion, with lots and lots of percussion, lots and lots of epicness, lots and lots of Hans Zimmer. "What are you going to do when you are not saving the world?" is probably the most popular track since it was featured in the album. But, I recommend the ENTIRE album. If you didn't see the movie to hear the music on the really big, nice speakers, you sure missed out. Kind of. Ah, you can still get the gist. I recommend it! It's not a bad score! At all! 5/5!
Hans Zimmer Strikes Again
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I didn't bother listening to the music first before I watched the movie ( sometimes do that), but I just had to get the music to this movie. He used elements that he doesn't normally in his scores, which is great. It sounds like Sherlock Holmes, which is also great. My favorite track is "Psychological Recovery" because of the build in the middle (which makes we me warm all over). Is it rememberable? Yes. Especially "Discombobulate." It's not his best score, but it's still great. I would recommend this, yes. 4.5/5 stars!
Inception
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Now I love Hans Zimmer. It's rare that I dislike anything that he composes. RARE. Inception is no different. From "Half Remembered Dream" to "Time," the soundtrack tells the story of Inception through dramatic crescendos and eerie samples of Edith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien." I do recommend that you listen to the entire album from beginning to end, but I don't recommend listening to this while driving (you might be tempted to speed while on an epic high). As with Hans Zimmer, his melodies are simple, but definitely serves a great companion to the film. Popular track favorites are "Dream is Collapsing" (which serves as the theme for the film), "Mombasa" (which has tremendous motion), "Dream Within a Dream" (which is basically a different version of "Dream is Collapsing," and "Time." If you're looking for the song that was in the trailer, that wasn't written by Hans Zimmer (it's called "Mind Heist" and was composed by Zack Hemsey). I give "Inception"...5/5!
Watch it like everyone else
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I was hesitant about watching this show because I knew a lot of people who was watching it. The name didn't appeal to me; scandals aren't something that I meddle in, so I passed it up. But when I kept hearing about it and how good it was, I started watching the first episode...and burned through the first season. This show is GOOD. It's gripping and keeps you wanted to continue watching the season. I LOVE Olivia Pope. She's a headstrong, extremely confident, and go-getting lead. I'm very glad that they chose Kerry Washington for this part because she is GREAT. Absolutely FANTASTIC. She gets the job done, and she never fails. NEVER. She's who I want to be when I grow up. Now, if you don't like politics I wouldn't recommend this show because it does deal with politics. BUT it's more than politics. The show is more like a political roller coaster ride / detective show. It's very addicting. VERY. YES I would recommend this to a friend.
The Road to EPICNESS
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This is label as Syphonic, and it should be. Because this music is EPIC. I suppose that's the whole point of their group, which is to create trailer music. Yep, that's what it is. So if you've seen a trailer for a movie (action, drama, mystery, whatever) you've probably heard a track by Two Steps from Hell. Let's see..."Freedom Fighters" was featured in the second trailer for the 2009 Star Trek movie, "Moving Mountains" was featured in a New Moon trailer, "Protectors of the Earth" was used in the Inkheart trailer. And, the HALO team also used "Undying Love" in one of their videos. It was about Bungie leaving the HALO franchise or something like that. If you're a fan of E.S. Posthumus, then becoming a fan of Two Steps from Hell is not going to be a hard thing to do. Of course, more of their tracks have been featured in other movie trailers, but I'm limiting the examples to the ones on this CD. Because this is a review for...this CD. Anyway, I think that Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix make a great team as they rev up their epic music motors. Now, this album is completely INSTRUMENTAL. Which means that you cannot find lyrics to any of these tracks. But that shouldn't matter, right? 4.5/5 stars!!