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I'll try to explain myself more with the scores I wasn't a big fan of. I really like a lot of Gears of War 3. It has a lot of faster paced, melodic action cues, and the cues from Gears of War 2 are improved. Its main problem is it's not very memorable, which Jablonsky is usually able to produce. <br><br>Ender's Game I found to be a bit of a slog. There was a lot of ambient/sound design cues which I found incredibly dull. However, it's possible I was expecting too much, or maybe I was too harsh on it. I'll try to have another listen to that one. <br><br>Gangster Squad was one where I just looked at the comments to see what people thought about it, and the consensus was "it copied every recent Hollywood score", so I just skipped that one. <br><br>TF3 had a lot of good thematic material, and the finale's action music was a lot of fun, but it lacks the memorability and excitement of the first 2, or the subtlety of 5, making it fall in the middle for me. Plus the Inception sound was pretty annoying. <br><br>Gears of War 2 falls into mediocre for me. The main theme is solid, but the action is repetitive and doesn't have much variation. Plus it also wasn't very memorable. It's basically a worse version of Gears 3 to me. <br><br>Transformers 1 and 2 don't really count to me because those were more an RCP effort than a Jablonsky one. Just to clarify, I don't hate that Jablonsky went down this route. I first learned of his existence through the Transformers scores for god's sake. It's just that listening to Steamboy, it makes me sad there wasn't more of this side of Jablonsky. Oh, and honorable mention to TMNT: Out of the Shadows, that was a great superhero score!Gangster Squad was Ok, but i prefer Ender's Game, actually the sound design in that i find it certain interesting.<br><br>In Battleship, yeah, it's nothing original, but for me, is a guilty pleasure, i love the percussion (i'm a big fan of the taiko sound)<br><br>Enderís Game isnít bad at all, there are some cool power anthems and orchestral moments in it. As for Battleship, while I find most of it generic, I genuinely do like the alien ďMRIĒ sound design he incorporated.<br><br>And one of Jablonskyís most underrated scores imo is Gangster Squad. If you want a fun Jablonsky score that strays away (mostly) from the Zimmer sound thatís it. Any score using Antz as a temp track is fine by me!I will disagree with TF3, Ender's Game, Gears of War 2 and 3, there are good scores, altough i'm a massive fan of that guilty pleasure is Battleship ;D<br><br>And A Nightmare on Elm Street was cool.John Powell to receive Henry Mancini Award. <br><br>Look it up at filmmusicreporter.<br><br>Congrats John
Edmund's right. It's really just sad that Jablonsky could have been one of the greatest composers ever, one with more notoriety and respect from the music community, but instead settled for being... a decent composer.<br><br>TF5 was a step in the right direction, D-War was a great monster movie score, Your Highness came close to Steamboy levels, and IDEA felt like Jablonsky's symphony in a lot of ways. But on the other end you have Ender's Game, Transformers 3 and 4, Battleship, Gears of War 2, Gears of War: Judgement, and a few others that range from ok, to flat out awful. Occasionally though you get some decent ones like Gears of War 3, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.<br><br>My point is, we get a composer overridden with bland projects, and musically inept directors, when he had the potential for being Oscar level.This just occurred to me. 1:44-2:10ish in Remember Who You Are kind of sounds like part of Mozartís Ave Verum Corpus...and we know Hans is a fan of that piece...@mpolonest: I'm the opposite side: BvS grown each time i listened.<br><br>Not the same for MoS ;D@DS<br><br>You are absolutely right, and it was something that I did think about while I was writing the post, I just never clarified it. <br><br>But that also has the opposite effect as well. I've had plenty of scores/songs which originally I liked that I gradually grew to dislike or simply lose interest. One of the most recent ones is BvS, which I enjoyed when it came out but looking back is probably one of my least favorite Zimmer scores.@Edmund @Ds totally agree! This days the only composer that convince me is Steven Price.
Is there a Balfe score that is not very temped? Every single Balfe score I listened to is basically giving an old score a fresh set of paint.mpolonest123: it's difficult to compare scores that are 10 years old and that you had plenty of time to digest, with brand new scores you've only heard a couple of times.<br><br>You said it yourself, when Clash of the Titans came out you thought it was generic and forgettable. It's only later that you noticed all these themes and all the work Djawadi put into it.<br><br>And actually it works like that with any new album released by any major artist. Fans are always like "it sucks, I prefer their previous albums". And yet 5 years later they love all these songs and know them by heart. :-pEdmund: I see your point, and if everyone could become 100% objective it would be actually true. But in practice, our personal tastes play a heavy role in deciding whether a score is interesting or fun or creative or intelligent or enjoyable. Some people like very classical, orchestral music more than anything else; even if JXL was creating the craziest soundtrack ever, his sound palette and synthetic approach alone would be enough to make these people dislike the score and say it's rubbish. The level of detail he put in Tomb Raider is astonishing, but sadly it'll only be noticed by people who are not upset by this style of brutal and synthetic environment. Of course it also works the other way, dry orchestral scores like Giacchino frequently writes do nothing to me, I don't particularly like this kind of sound, so I never spent a lot of time listening to them. As a consequence, I never was able to dissect them to discover all their (I guess) richness, subtleties, etc. So from my point of view, almost all Giacchino scores sound the same way and are not interesting, and I don't understand how and why he keeps getting all those major assignments. That's to say, our personal preferences will always interfere with our judgment, even if we honestly try to be fair.I feel like I see/have this kind of conversation on film music boards all the time. The approach isn't the problem, it's the execution. For example, when Man of Steel came out:<br><br>me: "I'm a bit disappointed by Man of Steel, it has its moments but I don't think it's a very good score overall"<br>fanboys: "JOHN WILLIAMS WAS YESTERDAY, ZIMMER IS TODAY, THIS IS A DIFFERENT SUPERMAN BLAH BLAH BLAH GET OVER IT"<br>me: "...did I mention Williams?"<br><br>or else Mad Max: Fury Road<br><br>me: "Mad Max is a decent score but I feel like the film deserved much more"<br>fanboys: "THERE'S LITERALLY A DUDE ON A DRUM CAR WITH A FLAMETHROWER GUITAR WHAT DID YOU EXPECT"<br>me: "...a composer who does more interesting things with those drums and that guitar?"<br><br>All over the place. It was really aggravating. This is a similar situation A talented film composer can write interesting, engaging music in all sorts of styles, for all sorts of films and under all sorts of directorial conditions. My issue with Tomb Raider isn't that it's not a traditional Jerry Goldsmith adventure score. I never expected that from this film, and certainly not from this composer. It's just not a very interesting or intelligent or enjoyable version of what it's trying to be, and that's the bottom line.@mrzimmerfan <br><br>I completely agree with you. Tomb Raider definitely didnít need a traditional score at all. And I love all the scores youíve mentioned. I even donít have a problem with the approach he took.<br><br>But I just donít like the score as is. We just have to agree to disagree, no harm done. :-)
I don't think he means that, just that it would have been interesting if Jablonsky had gone more into animated movies like Powell did, rather than mostly Michael Bay. I think maybe we got a hint of what that could have been like with Your Highness a few years ago, a score I'll always defend, but yeah...the lack of follow-up to Steamboy is a great tragedy in Jablonsky's career.@mpolonest: I will enjoyed more Run All Night than Mad Max, hell, even The Dark Tower.<br><br>But with Tomb Raider, this movie is harsh, with a real character, and an adventure score a la Goldsmith or JNH, will not benefit anything about it. And in there, there is a lot of great sounds and ideas pop up in all the score.<br><br>And this is telling you a guy who LOVE The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, the entire Indiana Jones and Jumanji scores.@mpolonest: I will enjoyed more Run All Night than Mad Max, hell, even The Dark Tower.<br><br>But with Tomb Raider, this movie is harsh, with a real character, and an adventure score a la Goldsmith or JNH, will not benefit anything about it. And in there, there is a lot of great sounds and ideas pop up in all the score.<br><br>And this is telling you a guy who LOVE The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, the entire Indiana Jones and Jumanji scores.I don't think Jablonsky is going to be a new John Powell ;)<br><br>But this one of his most notable efforts, i will said that.This is feels like a very temped soundtrack, only that explains why the score is so generic. I wonder which movies music scenes producer-director used to make lorne do this. <br><br>Track 8 - is Tron legacy (dont know maybe he worked on it, powell was involved maybe he was too)

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  1. Morning Routine (2:23)
    John Powell
  2. Meet Tulio (2:55)
    John Powell
  3. Great Big Momma Bird (2:47)
    John Powell
  4. Paradise Concern (1:59)
    John Powell, Paul Mounsey
  5. Bagged And Missing (2:09)
    John Powell, Paul Mounsey
  6. Locked Up (2:10)
    John Powell, Paul Mounsey
  7. Chained Chase (2:35)
    John Powell, Paul Mounsey
  8. Bedtime Flyers (2:58)
    John Powell, Paul Mounsey
  9. Idiot Glider (1:56)
    John Powell
  10. Juicy Little Mango (2:27)
    John Powell
  11. Umbrellas Of Rio (2:27)
    John Powell
  12. Motorbike (1:23)
    John Powell
  13. Bird Fight (1:03)
    John Powell
  14. Birds Moved (2:23)
    John Powell
  15. Heimlich (2:31)
    John Powell, Dominic Lewis
  16. Birdnapped (3:37)
    John Powell, Dominic Lewis
  17. Rio Airport (4:24)
    John Powell
  18. Flying (2:43)
    John Powell
  19. Market Forro (2:11)
    Carlinhos Brown, Mikael Mutti, John Powell
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sufi reply Replies: 2 || 2011-10-01 06:02:05
please!!! the cd!!!

Hybrid Soldier2012-03-12 20:27:41
And same thing for Rio, JP's Score/Songs mixed in corrected order (as much as possible, as some stuff are mixed) :

01 - Real In Rio
02 - Morning Routine
03 - Meet Tulio
04 - Great Big Momma Bird
05 - Let Me Take You To Rio
06 - Paradise Concern
07 - Bagged & Missing
08 - Copacabana Dreams
09 - Locked Up
10 - Pretty Bird
11 - Chained Chase
12 - Bedtime Flyers
13 - Idiot Glider
14 - Juicy Little Mango
15 - Funky Monkey
16 - Umbrellas Of Rio
17 - Mas Que Nada
18 - Motorbike
19 - Market Forro
20 - Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)
21 - Bird Fight
22 - Birds Moved
23 - Fly Love
24 - Heimlich
25 - Birdnapped
26 - Sapo Cai
27 - Rio Airport
28 - Flying
29 - Balanco Carioca
30 - Valsa Carioca


Hybrid Soldier2012-04-15 11:16:26
I detailed a bit the composers, if you're interested ! :)

Mikel Siw (a fan from Spain) reply Replies: 0 || 2011-09-18 13:19:12

Bast reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-11 00:00:00
Where have you god the music ???

however reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-11 00:00:00
please!!! the cd!!!

Paul reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-19 00:00:00
If you want to upgrade the listening experience, I suggest you add "Real in Rio" in the first track place, "Pretty Bird" before "Chained Chase" and "Sapo Cai" after "Birdnapped".
Its the chronogichal order, like on the movie. I didn't care too much for the other songs from the song soundtrack.

Juan reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-19 00:00:00
In Spotify are the complete soundtrack. Search by ''John Powell''Ů

fs reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-14 00:00:00
from here:
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aldan reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-14 00:00:00
Samples available at this site:

Well, i think Powell has returned to its root, making a high quality animation score. I must admit that Mars Needs Moms score was such a disappointment to me, but a bit. Well, he returns anyway.

-Morning routine: Great theme, i mean a great original theme( not that recycled theme from ICEAGE3 that Powell used in MNM.)
-Locked up, Chained chase: a great fast-paced theme( not that recycled style from PAYCHECK that Powell used in MNM)
-Umbrellas rio: had a Brazillian-kind-of-theme, relaxing.
-Motorbike: great, loud, A full brazilian action theme.
-Bird fight: funny fight theme.
-Rio airport: a usual great Powell-ly final-battle theme. I like this kind of theme, so, this is my best track.
-Flying: joyfull track.

I think Powell is great when he deals with a local music instrument. Like in HTTYD, etc. Powell, you're still the masterpiece.

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-14 00:00:00

Where did you buy the tracks? Can you please post a link?

Johnny reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-14 00:00:00
Guys, don't forget to check out the song album too! It contains lots of Powell's material too, specially the ending of "Sapo Cai" ;)

John reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-13 00:00:00
Dominic Lewis seems to have helped John a lot on this one. Was there any particular reason for that?

noctua reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-12 00:00:00
Can't wait for this CD to be released!

fs reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-12 00:00:00
i've bought the tracks today! they're are amazing!!

yomismo reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-11 00:00:00
where download this cd??

PHANI reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-10 00:00:00

junior reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-09 00:00:00
Sou brasileiro , ť um prazer ter um compositor como John Powell em um Filme que se passa no Rio de Janeiro, Powell ť um inovador musical, moderno , as trilhas dele sempre tem bons coros, grandes orquestras e tem bastante percuÁ„o.

junior reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-09 00:00:00
Sou brasileiro , ť um prazer ter um compositor como John Powell em um Filme que se passa no Rio de Janeiro, Powell ť um inovador musical, moderno , as trilhas dele sempre tem bons coros, grandes orquestras e tem bastante percuÁ„o.

John reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-08 00:00:00
Three samples! tml

theodorek reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-04 00:00:00
thanks a lot!

John reply Replies: 0 || 2011-03-27 00:00:00
We need samples!

MK reply Replies: 0 || 2011-03-26 00:00:00
I think you can't compare these composers however Powell has proven to be one of the greatest animation composers in history of cinema.

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2011-03-25 00:00:00
@Mikel Siw (a fan from Spain), Yeah, John Powell is brilliant.

Mikel Siw (a fan from Spain) reply Replies: 0 || 2011-03-12 00:00:00
Maybe, but honestly i see John Powell like the legendary Jerry Goldsmith. Giacchino is the successor of Williams.
Only is my opinion :__:

Mario Soundtrack reply Replies: 0 || 2011-03-07 00:00:00
John Powell is the future John Williams. I wish it!

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 0 || 2011-03-05 00:00:00
More Powell ! :D© 2001-2017 OST 
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