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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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Lorne BalfeAndrew KawczynskiDavid FlemingJasha Klebe
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Assassin's Creed III (VG)
Label: UbiSoft Music (Digital Download Only)
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  1. Assassin's Creed III Main Theme (3:06)
  2. An Uncertain Present (2:10)
  3. Escape In Style (2:15)
  4. Welcome To Boston (2:34)
  5. Freedom Fighter (2:16)
  6. A Bitter Truth (1:36)
  7. Through The Frontier (3:01)
  8. Connor's Life (4:56)
  9. Trouble In Town (2:25)
  10. Farewell (1:05)
  11. HomeStead (3:02)
  12. The Battle Of Breed's Hill (2:18)
  13. Speck Of Dust (2:52)
  14. Modern Assassin (3:05)
  15. Desmond's Destiny (1:38)
  16. The Aquilla (2:18)
  17. Fight Club (2:05)
  18. Eye Of The Storm (2:07)
  19. Temple Secrets (1:41)
  20. Beer And Friends (1:10)
  21. Battle At Sea (4:01)
  22. Breaching The Walls (3:32)
  23. Wild Instincts (2:44)
  24. What Came Before (4:11)
  25. Assassin's Creed III Main Theme Variation (1:33)
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AC3 reply Replies: 0 || 2016-06-15 19:46:07
Does anyone have the chronological order of the complete score that Lorne posted on his site??

amir hossein reply Replies: 0 || 2015-01-26 18:19:38
this is incridible music.
I love this game.

Jasper reply Replies: 2 || 2013-10-22 01:44:13
The Black Flag soundtrack is out there. I know it's not really RCP related, but just thought I'd put it out there. And yes, Brian Tyler does a far better job at it than Lorne Balfe did, in my opinion, though I like both.

Hybrid Soldier2013-10-22 08:51:00
I wonder how many RCP people ghostwrote it without credit... :P

Edmund Meinerts2013-10-22 11:07:28
I was actually surprised to find myself quite bored by it, and I actually prefer Balfe's score. If you asked me whether I'd take Balfe or Tyler I'd pick the latter most days of the week, but in this case it's the other way around. So yeah, maybe there really was some ghostwriting going on...

fabien reply Replies: 0 || 2013-07-10 15:05:41
An amazing score, the music is so fresh and dynamic and .. epic ! yes !!

Assassino reply Replies: 1 || 2013-07-09 01:34:27
Brian Tyler will compose the score for AC4.

Blu2013-07-09 06:18:34
Wow, this guy is getting way too much assignments these days. Must be quite a challenge. I hope he finds time to think about the notes he is writing too.

Markofrome reply Replies: 0 || 2013-04-05 00:30:04
Great Work Lorne!!! "Assassin's Creed III" and "The Tyranny of King Washington" soundtracks wonderful!

Bondo reply Replies: 1 || 2013-03-17 04:32:06
FYI guys, Lorne posted what appears to be the remaining unreleased music on his site ;)

theeaglesfan0052013-04-02 20:42:44
what's the correct order then?

AssassinoZockt reply Replies: 1 || 2013-04-02 15:32:05
Great work ,Mr.Balfe. But what happened with Jesper Kyd? And will you do the score for AC4 too?

Anonymous2013-04-02 18:00:33
he can't hear you

Bryan reply Replies: 0 || 2013-03-17 11:52:26
track list of
Assassin's Creed III The Tyranny of King Wahsington by lorne balfe
01. Assassin's Creed III Main Theme (Wall of Sound Remix)
02. Ratonhnhakť ton (Ratonhnhakť:ton)
03. The Tyrant
04. Frozen
05. Solitude
06. Frontier At Arms
07. Winter's Grasp
08. You Must Succeed
09. Seekers
10. Tracking The Prey
11. Against All Odds
12. He Is Our Beacon
13. The Betrayal
14. Swift And Silent
15. Rooftop Chase
16. Dark Alleys
17. The Key
18. Escape Artist
19. Closed City
20. Helpless
21. The Ruse
22. Nightmares
23. The Redemption
24. Fallen Warriors
25. Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
26. Taking Up Arms
27. The True Rulers
28. Risking Everything
29. Alone Against All
30. Unwavering Resolve
31. Laying Up The Trap
32. The Will To Endure
33. King Washington
34. Ghost Trail
35. Duel At Dawn
36. Man With The Wolf Hood
37. The Betrayal (Alternate Version)
38. The Redemption (Alternate Version)
39. King Washington (Alternate Version)
40. King Washington (Revisited Version)

Radik reply Replies: 4 || 2013-03-05 21:23:17
Will Lorne scoring Assassin's Creed 4 too? :)

T-Mann0362013-03-06 04:34:45
I have a gut feeling that Lorne will be composing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

DIMITRIS KROMMIDAS2013-03-06 14:14:33
That would be great!!! I wish for Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe!!

cody2013-03-07 00:21:20
They should bring back Jesper Kyd :(

T-Mann0362013-03-08 09:10:56
Too bad that Jesper have turned it down and not compose any music from the AC franchise.

DIMITRIS KROMMIDAS reply Replies: 3 || 2013-03-05 17:16:39

Edmund Meinerts2013-03-05 18:27:13
We've found him! The archetypal fanboy!! OH MY SQUEEEING GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!

Mike2013-03-05 19:17:44
While I couldn't suppress a smile, that was uncalled for, Edmund. lol.

Edmund Meinerts2013-03-05 20:49:56
ALL CAPS and overuse of the word "epic"? Um, it was totally called for and you know it. ;)

Radik reply Replies: 0 || 2012-11-25 22:09:32
After complete the game I must say.. GREAT SCORE.. perfect conclusion to the AC.. my favorite track is What Came Before.. is so beautiful :)

Bondo reply Replies: 0 || 2012-11-09 02:03:07
FYI Lorne Balfe posted a new track on his website, "Connor's Story"

Tim reply Replies: 0 || 2012-11-04 20:29:20
I bought the album yesterday! it's totally worth it...on Amazon :PPP Anyway, I love the main theme and the fact that Lorne reprises "Labored and Lost" as a theme for the forerunners. Good job Mr Balfe :)

P.S.: As all as I heard Jesper Kyd left the series himself. He wasn't kicked off by Lorne as one or two fellows might think. Jesper left the Hitman-franchise as well. And I think Lorne is great replacement:) that's for you grumpy users ;)

Bar reply Replies: 0 || 2012-11-01 18:25:53

after listening to the entire album i must say the revelations one is much better,especially the main theme.

Bondo reply Replies: 0 || 2012-11-01 12:45:40
I know it's a stretch to ask right now since the game just came out, but at some point would someone mind attempting to put this in chronological order? I'm doing this as I'm playing the game, but I'm MAYBE 1/5 of the way through...

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 2 || 2012-10-31 23:28:00
Lorne told me they wrote nearly 4 hours for the game.

He'll put unreleased cues on his site very soon.

Macejko2012-11-01 10:04:43
That's good news, I'd like to hear some ambient music too.

lolly2012-11-01 11:10:49
i really like how lorne is so open to his fans and is willing to give us more material.

not like hans, promising since 20 years to bring a complete release of the lion kind, but disappeared again...

Macejko reply Replies: 1 || 2012-10-31 18:31:13
Ok, I gave it one more listening. The Main Theme is great, powerfull and epic... but the rest lacks variation and originality and is pretty uninteresting in general.

Radik2012-10-31 21:04:08
So We'll must wait until then game release.. how it works in game itself.. :)

Bondo reply Replies: 4 || 2012-10-30 12:29:02
It's available on Amazon MP3 right now, $8.99 and totally worth it!

Bondo2012-10-30 22:13:39
Listen to "Fight Club" and "Beer With Friends" if you liked Sherlock or Skylanders :D

theeaglesfan0052012-10-31 13:59:18
$9.99 on iTunes in high quality... Amazon is 256kbps mp3 which is $%*& compared to 256kbps m4a

Hybrid Soldier2012-10-31 15:12:03
Studio Masters quality FLAC 24 bits on Qobuz...

*iTunes to the ground*


theeaglesfan0052012-10-31 16:15:55
im in 'Merica

T-Mann036 reply Replies: 0 || 2012-10-31 05:24:54

Radik reply Replies: 0 || 2012-10-30 20:38:38
and Desmond Destiny too :)

Macejko reply Replies: 2 || 2012-10-30 15:51:02
After the first listening - not as good as I hoped :(

Anonymous2012-10-30 16:46:25
I agree. Expected much more. Revelations was much better. Every track sounds like a generic action track with drum loops, overdone brass synth with some violins playing in the back. With removing the vocals and the choir this score has lost all dramatics and emotion. Shame cause after revelations I expected a blockbuster score...

Radik2012-10-30 20:34:48
Speck of Dust.. remind me Revelations :)

david reply Replies: 2 || 2012-10-21 20:39:08
Check this masterpiece

al bundy2012-10-22 22:39:57
sounds nice

MEOW!2012-10-24 16:16:06
It sounds really cool! I love the album cover too! It's very Epic! I actually found another cool score recently on iTunes called Pantheon by some composer called Zaalen Tallis which is really epic as well! You guys might want to check that out too.

P.S. Bring on Superman already!!! :P

tomPoland reply Replies: 1 || 2012-10-21 09:18:52
Kyd should do it, Balfe doesn't feel Assassins and their Creed

Hybrid Soldier2012-10-21 09:42:55
You always have the wise word, tom ! I don't really get why you keep posting here ! :/

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 7 || 2012-10-20 00:04:07
Can't wait ! :)

Anonymous2012-10-20 00:08:44
Damn. No full official relaase. This seems so short after the 3CDs we got last time :(

Hybrid Soldier2012-10-20 00:15:00
As far as Lorne is concerned, the last one was 75 min for him, including multiplayer stuff...

So that one isn't exactly FAR from that... :)

Anonymous2012-10-20 00:42:41
Oh well better then nothing. For me Lorne is the new Zimmer these days. He has a great sound. Only a few more days of waiting.

Bioscope2012-10-20 05:35:33
I love his take on the ethnic idiom, coupled with some serious dakness, so i can't wait to hear the Native American flavour.

Bondo2012-10-20 12:45:51
From the clips, you can hear Sherlock Holmes in "Fight Club" :D

And it's great that he kept the continuity by re-stating some of the themes from AC:R

Macejko2012-10-20 13:53:49
Bondo: Are there audio clips already?

Hybrid Soldier2012-10-20 14:01:54
Yeah (right on the left corner here !) or ! :)

Macejko reply Replies: 0 || 2012-10-20 00:27:01
With this score I hope Lorne will definitely convince me that he has what it takes to make some epic music.© 2001-2017 OST 
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