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 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I haven't seen the film yet, but I would say my first listen of it (via spotify) was probably over-egging it slightly, just because it seemed a return to the style JNH often used before his Zimmer/Nolan/Batman team-up, which resulted in a run of rather dull/modern groove scores.
I look forward to picking up the CD and getting to know it better and even if it doesn't reach the highs of Dinosaur, Signs, The Village, Waterworld, Hidalgo and the like, I know I will like it better than his more recent scores.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I found my first spin of this score good but not great -- to my tired ears it seemed like the same material was being repeated over and over. But each new listen reveals more and more just how wrong I was. Pretty magnificent stuff.

And for a change I actually enjoy the song. Usually I program the songs right out of scores, but this slow, dark rendition seems to fit the material very well.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The singer sounds drunk or high. Since Ive never been around a high person I'll go with drunk.

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I can get into a number of discussion, which would include multiple spoilers, but, since I don't know how to cover up the spoiler sections, I shall refrain.

Write "spoiler" between "[" and "]" at the beginning of what you want to write, and then write "/spoiler" between "[" and "]" at the end (obviously minus quotation marks). And there you have it.

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I found my first spin of this score good but not great -- to my tired ears it seemed like the same material was being repeated over and over. But each new listen reveals more and more just how wrong I was. Pretty magnificent stuff.

And for a change I actually enjoy the song. Usually I program the songs right out of scores, but this slow, dark rendition seems to fit the material very well.


It is a fabulous score. I admit, it is NOT chock full 'o themes - JNH is perfectly capable of writing melodic, theme-driven scores, but for whatever reason, this score doesn't rely on them. There is a theme or motif ( i suppose for Jolie's character) which is repeated a few times, however.

That being said, the score is great. The track "The Christening" alone is worth the price of admission big grin And yes - the song is actually pretty good. It isn't an attempt at a hit single, but rather something designed to actually complement the film, and it works. A very unusual, very good song.

Best score of the year so far.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

you dont know Lana del Rey?

score in the movie sounds good but not great. Not an astonishing moment, one that makes me go out and order the CD (which I'll do anyway cause I am a JNH fan)

IMHO, we got here another case of overpraising a score just because it's a full-orchestral old-fashioned fantasy music. They do not come out often, for sure, but... I expected more.

hope it gets better on cd.

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

After seeing the movie yesterday I am enjoying the score a lot more. It is certainly one that becomes more enjoyable after seeing how it is used in the film. And despite some of the problems I had with the movie, some of the scenes with just music and imagery were quite delightful.

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

I've developed an unhealthy obsession with the "Go Away" cue. can't stop playing it. great score overall. the score and Jolie were pretty much the only interesting thing about the movie for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

Only played the CD a couple of times, not sure of my opinion, will wait to see the movie. Side comment, have not been happy with JNH's works the last couple years.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Martin B.   (Member)

I found my first spin of this score good but not great -- to my tired ears it seemed like the same material was being repeated over and over. But each new listen reveals more and more just how wrong I was. Pretty magnificent stuff.

And for a change I actually enjoy the song. Usually I program the songs right out of scores, but this slow, dark rendition seems to fit the material very well.


I'm feeling similar to this. First listen I was "nice to have JNH back in this mode but not much really happening". Again, after several listens I agree, there is a lot more going on here than first realized.
Still not up to the heights JNH has previously reached but a lot better than other recent scores of his and well worth repeated listens.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2014 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

This is a score to listen to on your stereo system with the subwoofer set to kill. If you're a lover of big low brass sound like I am, this is the score for you. I mean 8 trombones and 2 tubas?!!! Add to that 8 horns and 4 trumpets. The wall of sound that comes from the low brass is like a tidal wave of sound that pushes everything out of its way. It's just huge and imparts such great darkness. I'm loving this score, the first in a long time of contemporary scores.

Wonder how much input Robert Stromberg had on the music? Seeing who his older brother is, I'm sure he's more in tune with film music than most directors.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2014 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Synchrotones   (Member)

Just adding my two cents to the praise this score has been getting...

http://synchrotones.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/maleficent/

thanks,

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2014 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Might be a very good score but that....thing...at the end ruins the whole disc. I'll be putting my money elsewhere.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2014 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

This is a score to listen to on your stereo system with the subwoofer set to kill. If you're a lover of big low brass sound like I am, this is the score for you. I mean 8 trombones and 2 tubas?!!! Add to that 8 horns and 4 trumpets. The wall of sound that comes from the low brass is like a tidal wave of sound that pushes everything out of its way. It's just huge and imparts such great darkness. I'm loving this score, the first in a long time of contemporary scores.

Wonder how much input Robert Stromberg had on the music? Seeing who his older brother is, I'm sure he's more in tune with film music than most directors.


You're right but I think that is ridiculously overdone on the mix. I prefer natural sounding orchestra and when the percussion comes in it just dominates the mix.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2014 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   TM   (Member)

This is a score to listen to on your stereo system with the subwoofer set to kill. If you're a lover of big low brass sound like I am, this is the score for you. I mean 8 trombones and 2 tubas?!!! Add to that 8 horns and 4 trumpets. The wall of sound that comes from the low brass is like a tidal wave of sound that pushes everything out of its way. It's just huge and imparts such great darkness. I'm loving this score, the first in a long time of contemporary scores.

Wonder how much input Robert Stromberg had on the music? Seeing who his older brother is, I'm sure he's more in tune with film music than most directors.


You're right but I think that is ridiculously overdone on the mix. I prefer natural sounding orchestra and when the percussion comes in it just dominates the mix.


Whoever mixed it dialed back the high brass so much that they sound small and tinny. Ruins the powerful sections for me--makes the orchestra seem cheap. Can't help but wonder how glorious this must have sounded in the actual room...

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2014 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I'm going to see this tonight. Does it suck or not suck? How is the score? Does it suck or not suck?

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2014 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'm going to see this tonight. Does it suck or not suck? How is the score? Does it suck or not suck?

I think you will enjoy the movie Peter.

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2014 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I'm going to see this tonight. Does it suck or not suck? How is the score? Does it suck or not suck?

I think you will enjoy the movie Peter.


Have to take a rain check. On the way to the movie the car dies. Think it's the alternator so we'll have to see it another night. Poopy Poopy.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2014 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   cirithungol   (Member)

A decade ago it might have been fairly average James Newton Howard.

In 2014, it is the score of the year so far by quite some margin.

IMOIMOIMOIMO

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2014 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   jwb   (Member)

A decade ago it might have been fairly average James Newton Howard.

In 2014, it is the score of the year so far by quite some margin.

IMOIMOIMOIMO


Funny how that works. I agree, this is a decent score, but it does not blow me away like it does for others.

 
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