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what the hell is Quaker steak and lube????I disagree on Catwoman. I love Zimmer's theme and I thought it is one of his most underrated themes.Loved the new tracks!<br><br>Hans & Chris really did something special.<br><br>I enjoyed the Tenet score, but honestly Ludwig's work doesn't compare to Zimmer's. I just hope they work together again instead of Chris choosing Ludwig as his main collaborator from now on.Agreed.<br><br>I don’t know, TDKR feels a little oppressive to me in comparison with BB and TDK , probably as a result of Nolan’s musical tastes veering away from symphonic to more abstract. Reading the new book on Nolan gives me the impression that he has a very similar approach to his music as he does his filmmaking. With that said though, TDKR is still a solid conclusion to the franchise. Bane’s theme is excellent and the culmination of the various “Bat-Themes” do feel well earned. Catwoman’s theme is solid, but for some reason is dropped from most of the movie in favor of the repeating two-note phrase.<br><br>@Moggyman<br>Honestly I feel as if JNH’s work on the first two Hunger Games sequels showed a strong improvement in writing and theme building. The last score was a bit too much of a pastiche, but orchestrally a stronger fit than the first one. And “Crimes of Grindelwald” is easily one of the best sequel scores in the past few years (alongside Star Wars and HTTYD). Unfortunately we still don’t have a good album situation for that though. -_-Counterpoint: I liked Crimes of Grindelwald more than the first Fantastic Beasts. And forget Hanging Tree - "Air Raid Drill" from the first and "Sewer Attack" from the second Mockingjay are the best cues from that series. Plus, JNH honestly hasn't worked on that many sequels so we don't really have enough to go on here. <br><br>I think having JNH on board for Catwoman would have done wonders for this score. Hans' theme is okay, but feels like a bit of an afterthought compared to Bane.
TDK & TDKR have amazing theme suites.<br><br>But as for the scores in film, they don't even get close to Batman Begins !I like Tom but idk he's gone downhill in my book. Alita was boring, i was over the moon excited for Terminator cause that was a perfect mix and it was disappointed big time. I'd love to hear Steve Jablonsky tackle that and get back to being as great as he used to, he has been phoning it in big time latelyOk, before I eat my words, JNH did create the Hanging Tree in Mockingjay p1 which was good, but nothing else other than that in the sequels.For being the so called "weakest", it's very good. And if you think that Bane's theme is repetitive, I would say the same about the Joker's theme in TDK (to me they are both good though). <br><br>Now in all fairness, JNH could have probably added good material to the score since he's a genius, but I personally think he doesn't do well on sequels. Sure, in TDK he gave harvey dent a theme that resonated with his character (but was similar to material already used in BB). Yet, if you look at his work in the hunger games, its seems to me that he couldn't bring something both new and compelling to the sequels as he did in the first movie. I will agree with you that Batman Begins has the best music of the series though.After re-listening to this one, it's clearly the weakest of the trilogy. Of course it's not bad, the new themes are pretty good (though I think Bane's theme is a bit too repetitive and dry at times), there's still emotional moments, but JNH's absence really left a hole in this score.<br><br>I get to an extent that's the point, that all of Bruce's potential for a happy life is gone, but even the emotional tracks to me have nowhere near the emotional resonance that JNH's themes brought to the films. <br><br>"Come With Me" is the best example, where the slow emotional Selina Kyle chords just don't leave much of an impact. Definitely could have used JNH's "Courthouse Pt. 1" or the main theme from "Bruce Left For Dead" to emphasize Bruce's giving up of a quiet life. <br><br>Of course I still appreciate the way the 2 note motif is developed into a theme of its own, as well as the score as a whole, but then you get tracks like "Many Forms of Immortality" which just emphasize how much more effective the thematic work in Batman Begins was.
It could also be Tom, who worked on Run All Night, and is already an established DC composer<br>Either way I'll be happyI lowkey think James is gonna score the Black Adam movie. it's the same director from Jungle Cruise so I'm sure he'll be brought along for itsameNo no, it's just a fake rumor. I was just responding to that MusoPT guy who made it sound like it's totally inconceivable that Balfe could ever be replaced.Wait!<br>So has Balfe been replaced due to having other projects?<br>I thought it had been completed?
Why was there the change of composers?...wouldn't being really busy be an argument *for* him possibly being replaced? When you're signed on to 10 movies and release schedules are being constantly pushed around because nobody has a clue when theaters are going to open again, you shouldn't be surprised if eventually you might run into some conflicts.Jackman is not replacing Balfe! <br>Balfe is the most busiest composer at the moment so he isn’t going to get replaced last minute!!!!!Thank you for your replies. On IMDB she is listed.Alright, after re-listening to the score, I've made a few educated guesses of what the additional composers did, based on what we know about the score and their previous work. Note that none of this is confirmed by Hybrid, just my opinion.<br><br>Lorne Balfe: Seems to practically be a co-composer here. I hear a lot of him in this score. It seems he did Invasion (as he's known for contributing trailer music to films he works on) seemingly the suites "Brooding", "Deciphering the Signal", "Battle", and the one we know he cowrote, "Journey Suite". Based on this here's my guess as to what he contributed. <br><br>Soccent Attack - Sounds like his style, probably him arranging AllSpark and Decepticon material. <br><br>Keller's Briefing - Arrangement of "Deciphering the Signal"<br><br>Deciphering the Signal - Obviously another arrangement of "Deciphering the Signal" with Batman Begins-like action at the end.<br><br>Sam's Pink Bike Ride (Part 2) - Sounds like an arrangement of "Brooding" material. <br><br>(Possibly?) Are You LadiesMan217? - Some arrangement of "Brooding" and "Journey Suite" material, although hard to say whether the theme at 1:10 is Steve's or Lorne's. Could be Steve arranging Lorne material, as it sounds more Jablonsky-esque to me. <br><br>Autobots to the Rescue - Could be Steve imitating Batman Begins style, but sounds far too Lorne for me to not consider it a co-written track. <br><br>Sector 7 Chase - Part 1 sounds more Jablonsky than Lorne, but there's no question to me that part 2 has a lot of Balfe in there. <br><br>Where Is My Car? - Batman Begins-like again, probably Lorne solo, or Lorne and Steve<br><br>Decepticons Mobilize (Part 2) - Arrangement of "Brooding"<br><br>Freeway Fight - Battle version of Decepticon theme from "Brooding"<br><br>Stumble Bumble (Part 1) & (Part 2 Alternate) - Arrangement of "Journey Suite", second part not used in the film sounds like Steve & Lorne Combo to me. Film version of part 2 sounds pure Steve to me. <br><br>You're A Soldier Now (Parts 1 & 3) - Lorne being heavily involved in the final battle is known, and Parts 1 and 3 have arrangements of Lorne material. I'm also fairly certain that Lorne wrote the Optimus vs Megatron theme from Part 3 and "Optimus vs Megatron".<br><br>Optimus vs Megatron - Finale of theme introduced in "You're A Soldier Now (Part 3)" as well as the "Journey / AllSpark" theme which could be Lorne's or Steve's. <br><br>Trevor Morris: I can infer from his work on Pirates 2, The Island, and the one track we know he worked on. <br><br>Soldiers Arrive - Not sure why, but I've always assumed this military theme was Morris'.<br><br>Arctic 1897 - Dark theme that reminds me a lot of his work from Pirates 2. <br><br>Scorponok - Known fact that he co-wrote this. <br><br>Hoover Dam - Arrangement of military theme<br><br>Transforming -  Same theme from Arctic 1897<br><br>Sam on the Roof (Part 2) - Arrangement of theme from Scorponok, though could be Steve or Lorne arranging it.<br><br>Optimus vs Megatron - A slight hint to the Military theme when they begin attacking Blackout, and Scorponok theme reprisal, once again could be Steve or Lorne arranging these themes. <br><br>Creeper Suite / A Call to Arms (Unused) - Original music for Optimus' Epilogue, contains arrangement of military theme. <br><br>Jay Flood: Can be inferred from his work on Transformers: The Game, his overall more orchestral writing, and his contributions to Nightmare on Elm Street, Sims 3, and Desperate Housewives. <br><br>Camaro on the Run - Definitely has a TF: The Game sound to it overall. As well as a bit of Thomas Newman-esque music. <br><br>Witwicky (Parts 1-3) - Definitely some of his style here along with Steve's overall Desperate Housewives-esque music. <br><br>Decepticons 2 Suite / Frenzy - The suspenseful strings make me think of Flood's Nightmare on Elm Street work, and the brass writing seems more characteristic of him than Jablonsky to me, though it was still probably a co-written suite. <br><br>Tense Action Suite - Once again reminds me of Flood's Nightmare suspenseful string writing, probably at least co-composed with Jablonsky. <br><br>Clay Duncan - I can guess somewhat based on his contributions to "The Island" but otherwise I don't know much about him so I'm not sure about any of the inferences I'm about the make. <br><br>Angry Camaro - This sort of drone music sounds like it could be him as his contributions were very electronic in The Island.<br><br>Bumblebee vs Barricade - Strange electronics and sounds plus more minimalist writing make me think Duncan. <br><br>Tow Truck Charge - Definitely has The Island's sound. Could be Trevor Morris too. <br><br>TJ Lindgreen: I know so little about his style except he works with Elfman and did additional music for TF: The Game so not much I can say for what he did. <br><br>Belly Shot(?) - The ethereal choir style sounds somewhat like TF: The Game's score and Elfman's choir. <br><br>Not to Hear That(?) - Maybe he composed this motif for Mikaela that also appeared in "Belly Shot". <br><br>Surreal Mikaela(?) - Once again I'm hoping the specific choir sound is part of his style. <br><br>Anything I didn't mention is a track I'm assuming is all Jablonsky. Please note that I'm not trying to take away from Steve's work on this score, and that for most of these track I'm assuming Steve had some involvement in as well, I'm just speculating for fun because I've always wanted to know who did what on this score.
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The Call Of The Wild
Label: Hollywood Records / 5 Cat Studios
Length: 67'23
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  1. Wake The Girls (2:37)
    John Powell
  2. Train North (4:02)
    John Powell
  3. Skagway, Alaska (2:31)
    John Powell
  4. Snowy Climb (1:25)
    John Powell, Paul Mounsey
  5. First Sledding Attempt (2:27)
    John Powell
  6. The Ghost Wolf Of Dreams (1:06)
    John Powell
  7. Joining The Team (2:59)
    John Powell, Batu Sener
  8. Ice Rescue (2:26)
    John Powell, Batu Sener
  9. Sometimes Nature's Cruel And Gods Fight (4:57)
    John Powell
  10. Buck Takes The Lead (4:54)
    John Powell, Batu Sener
  11. We Carry Love (3:02)
    John Powell, Batu Sener
  12. Couldn't Find The Words (2:22)
    John Powell, Paul Mounsey
  13. Overpacked Sled (2:31)
    John Powell, Paul Mounsey
  14. Newfangled Telegram (2:23)
    John Powell
  15. In My Bed? (2:54)
    John Powell
  16. Buck & Thornton's Big Adventure (4:36)
    John Powell, Batu Sener
  17. Finding Bears And Love In The Woods (2:57)
    John Powell
  18. They're All Gone (2:51)
    John Powell
  19. Rewilding (3:48)
    John Powell
  20. Animal Nature (2:34)
    John Powell
  21. Come Say Goodbye (2:09)
    John Powell
  22. What An Adventure (3:02)
    John Powell
  23. The Call Of The Wild (2:51)
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Kleius reply Replies: 0 || 2020-07-28 23:26:04
Powell says on his social media that this album streamed 1.5million times. Over 5 months?
That seems really low.

jjstarA113 reply Replies: 1 || 2020-05-03 06:16:30
A new pop album from the sister duo Karmina titled Queens of Heart has been released. Why it might be of interest to some here: the music was produced by John Powell, with help from his usual posse of orchestrators/co-writers (Anthony Willis, Batu Sener). Although the songs had been released in 4 EPs ("Acts") spread throughout 2019, this Deluxe Version has multiple poetic interludes (they're great singers but corny narrators :P ) and instrumentals of all the songs and interludes. The orchestrations are very much in Powell's wheelhouse, giving cinematic grandeur to Karmina's hopelessly-romantic, sweeping pop ballads.


Powellfan2020-05-04 04:10:04
I've yet to listen to this release, (heard some of their old stuff on soundcloud though. Quite good) but I truly wish Powell would do more song production. Something's Not Right from Pan is incredible. His trademark choral stuff is excellently applied there.

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 16 || 2020-02-21 20:17:50
Credits added !


ThePhantasm2020-02-22 17:39:09
Damn Powell is doing a lot of music on his own now a days with not many additional writers. I hope he takes on more project that aren’t just animated. I really miss his music, he’s so ridiculously talented.


Kleius2020-02-24 08:21:01
<3 Buck Takes the Lead


Edmund Meinerts2020-02-24 21:42:12
Hats off to Batu Sener for working on many of the score's best cues though!


MrZimmerFan2020-02-28 09:11:51
Now, i believe, is one of the best (i was more enganging with this one more than Solo, wich i still found good, but not the best from Powell, sorry) scores written by Powell, still, not has tremendous as the HTTYD trilogy, but one of the most incredible, beautiful and heart-warming scores written by him.

Powell found himself comfortable with this style of americana/folk (Wake the Girls, is a such good start the album) and combining it with his action/adventure style of writing ('Snowy Climb', the incredible -one of the best cues of the album- 'Buck Takes the Lead', 'Ice Rescue'), but when it comes the emotional -not discover nothing new-, man, Powell is fricking good: 'We Carry Love', 'Finding Bears and Love in the Woods' or 'Come Say Goodbye'.

One of the best scores of 2020, by far.


Edmund Meinerts2020-02-29 11:00:46
The Call of the Wild has a bit more heart than Solo but Solo is just on another level in terms of complexity and ambition. The HTTYD scores are the best of both worlds.


MrZimmerFan2020-02-29 12:11:28
Solo has more problems, aside for the action writing (can't excels the levels of The Last Stand even Paycheck or the HTTYD trilogy) and the emotional aspects, the main theme did nothing to me and the use of SW themes is far more problematic than Rogue One (which btw, for me, is a much better score). The Call of the Wild is more engaging in his themes, is more simple?, probably, but has more emotion than Solo.


Edmund Meinerts2020-03-01 00:15:29
What can I say...I could not agree with you less about the use of SW themes especially. Powell does it so, so much more naturally and gracefully than Giacchino did on Rogue One.


MrZimmerFan2020-03-01 10:28:03
We agree to desagree

Specially when he comes with the use of such an amazing cues in the SW saga and misused like that, like TIE Fighter Attack (Williams used in TLJ has more emotion and exiciting than Powell in Solo)


MrZimmerFan2020-03-01 12:33:22
disagree*


superultramegaa2020-03-01 19:45:57
Powell's use of all of the themes was great, natural, and fluid except for Luke's theme. That theme has no reason to exist outside of the original trilogy, but because of Lucas' choice to use it in the prequels, all of the original meaning and power it once had has been sucked dry.

Solo wasn't the cause of this, but sadly it continues this trend. Plus the way it's used is just so ham-fisted and cheesy.


Kleius2020-03-07 20:31:20
Solo is really good, disagreed with the Luke theme, as it is now more accepted as the overall main theme of SW.

Back to The Call of the Wild, there are some complex action writing in this score, especially Rewilding. The whole album feels better and better after each listen.


MrZimmerFan2020-03-07 20:59:36
The problem is BECAUSE that theme dosen't mean nothing with the Han Solo's character.

Is like putting every cue when Han Solo in involved in the original trilogy, or anything the Millenium Falcon is involved, that's not things work, specially when Powell used The Imperial March and the Death Star motif for the Empire, when those things are enterally different.

My problem with that score (i consider good, but not that good) is Powell using those themes because the character is involved in those moments (is like putting the Luke's theme in anything that involved that character because is only for that)


Kleius2020-03-08 19:57:36
The main theme is heard like 3 times. I’m sure it wasn’t Powell going out of his way to use it. Filmmakers must have wanted it.


Kleius2020-03-15 23:06:18
Sometimes Nature's Cruel and Gods Fight is pure fantastic Powell. His writing ever since his choir works album has been more mature. Even though Buck Takes the Lead may be the highlight of this album, track 9 is the best one.


Hybrid Soldier2020-03-15 23:10:14
I guess being able to work that close to John Williams changes a man... :)


Kleius2020-04-09 04:37:12
We just finished watching this film at home with my kids. It's ok but Sometimes Nature's cruel and gods fight cue in the film is drastically different than the soundtrack album version. It sounds like Powell had to re-write the cue for the film.

Ian Brown McCarthy reply Replies: 4 || 2020-03-17 02:47:45
@Hybrid speaking of which, I so wish Williams and Hans had collaborated at least once, even though I get the sense Williams barely knows who he is (being honest)


Ian Brown McCarthy2020-03-17 02:48:19
Whoops, intended this to be part of the previous thread


Macejko2020-03-17 09:10:41
Williams can't possibly be that senile/ignorant as to not know very well who Hans is.


superultramegaa2020-03-17 15:28:01
They probably haven't collaborated because Williams doesn't usually do so anyway, and I doubt he was terribly interested in working with Hans, as their styles are so drastically different from each other.

Powell is at least known for a lot of rhythm and drum work in addition to his melodic style, so it makes sense even there. Williams barely ever writes rhythm focused scores in comparison.


Ro2020-03-17 17:57:13
Interesting pairing. Hard to imagine these two men's musical style coexist under the same roof. Especially when you think of their approach to Superman.

Though we might have had a somewhat close glimpse of what such a collaboration could have sound like from a track called, "Love", from Hans' score for Boss Baby. Williams wasn't involved obviously but Conrad Pope was, and the orchestrations and arrangements he applied to Hans' notes in that track is pretty close to the "sound" one normally expects from a score with JW's name on it.

Now, speaking of collaborations, I wonder why Hans never collaborated with idol, Ennio Morricone. I can imagine Ennio not being a collaborative guy the same way as Hans is, but that could have been interesting.

Powellfan reply Replies: 2 || 2020-02-24 16:55:20
Still no news on his next score? Is he taking a break or something? Working on more concert stuff?


Knight2020-02-24 17:56:05
Powell only does 1 score a year.


Powellfan2020-02-24 18:42:55
These day, sure. But we usually get news of the next one by the time he's finished wrapping up the current one.

Kleius reply Replies: 0 || 2020-02-21 19:58:04
All sounds really good!
Tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 16, 19 are wonderful.

MrZimmerFan reply Replies: 4 || 2020-02-20 13:10:11
Up in Itunes NZ

https:// music.apple.com/nz/album/the-call-of-the-wild-original -motion-picture-soundtrack/1498520127

Sounds pretty, pretty good


FaresTdkr2020-02-20 16:30:21
Yeah,pretty good


Kleius2020-02-20 18:35:26
Nice!


MrZimmerFan2020-02-20 22:08:45
It is good, very good.

But still no manage to top his work in HTTYD, but, really impressive.


dingoutback2020-02-21 18:34:18
I really like it! It's like a HTTYD with a twang to it.

jjstarA113 reply Replies: 6 || 2020-02-05 05:47:14
Huh, I'm surprised there are no 5+ minute tracks. Not that that's indicative of the score's quality, but Powell's albums in recent years tend to have a few sweepingly-long cues that I get really excited for, so that's just a wee bit disappointing.


Kleius2020-02-05 16:43:52
Tracks 9 and 10 seem pretty long. If the names are any indication, something big must be going on in around that part of the film.


Edmund Meinerts2020-02-05 18:05:06
Well...it depends on the music itself really. "Armada Battle" and "Madrid Finale" are recent examples of quite long tracks from Powell scores that nevertheless feel like they jump all over the place, which kind of defeats the purpose. I'd rather have 4 or 5 minute tracks that feel really cohesive (after all, Solo was mostly like that).


Kleius2020-02-05 18:48:09
Agreed. It's curious that some tracks are rather short for Powell standards. Like "The Ghost Wolf of Dreams" or track 4, really.
It's rare to see short tracks like those from him.


MrZimmerFan2020-02-05 19:04:25
I rare times care about the short cues in an album, if the album is cohesive and good.

Actually, i really like Armada Battle from HTTYD 3. ;D


Ds2020-02-06 17:11:38
@Kleius: you should check out Ice Age 3... the average track length is probably about 1 minute :D


Kleius2020-02-15 17:52:39
:) getting pretty excited for this score after watching some of the clips online!

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