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Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (Atli Orvarsson score)

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Original score to the 2013 motion picture composed by Atli Orvarsson (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Eagle...). Directed by Harald Zwart and based on the first book of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, City Of Bones tells the story of a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, who enters on a quest when her mom is attacked and taken from their home in NYC by a demon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars City of Bones TMI Score Dec 28 2013
By M
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beautiful music recalls many scenes from the movie. Started re-reading the whole The Mortal Instruments series again while the music played in the background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and intelligent score. Aug. 23 2013
By Thomas Sievert - Published on Amazon.com
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Atli Örvarsson's late replacement of composer Gabriel Yared was quite a shock to veteran film score fans. Yared, who has produced powerful and engaging scores throughout his career (namely his "unofficially released" work for Troy--which was also replaced), was a perfect match for the subject matter. Unfortunately, Yared was replaced; fortunately, Örvarsson was hired. The score he provided us with is a wonderful blending of traditional scoring techniques along with the Media Ventures/Remote Control sound popularized by Hans Zimmer. The themes are strong and memorable, the orchestrations are lush and intelligent (a full orchestra is utilize: strings, percussion, brass, and woodwinds. Woodwinds tend to be left out of MV/RC scores these days, much to their detriment), and the atmosphere is fantastic. All sorts of weird and creative electronics have been expertly layered into the score; though, the manipulation does get a bit abrasive during "Vampires and Werewolves." It's wonderful to hear a gothic fantasy score that has both powerful moments and sensitive moments. Yet, even with the two extremes of blood-pumping action and mournful contemplation, Örvarsson maintains a high dynamic of intensity. The gorgeous main theme is heard right off the bat in "Clary's Theme" and reoccurs much throughout the score. A few secondary themes and motifs weave in and out of the score, but Clary's theme remains at the forefront. While I gave this score a perfect 5 stars, it is really to be considered a strong 4 or a weak 5. Some of the action material is a bit generic and not up to par with the rest of the score. However, this score is one of the highest quality scores of the year, and I highly suggest it for any film score fan's collection. I know that I am certainly happy with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Beautiful, Magical and Worth It. Aug. 20 2013
By V Heartstring (Atlas Deen) - Published on Amazon.com
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This soundtrack is amazing! Most defiantly one of the best movie scores out this year/ in a while. It has the perfect vibe and knows exactly what it is, which is dark, melancholy and at times, wonderfully uplifting, with powerful and spine chilling crescendos. It is perfect for the film and beautifully illustrates the hidden "shadow world". Also, perfect for the Halloween time!

Clary's Theme which is the same as the Opening, are so incredibly beautiful! I had to buy the single asap from ITunes because it was so wonderful, even though I was going to buy the physical copy of the cd anyways.

Truly, brilliant.

I just love this soundtrack! Atli is a star on the rise!! No wonder Hans Zimmer took him under his wing - this guy has major talent.

Buy this album. Especially if you are fan of the books or film - you will not regret it.

-V
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Of Örvarsson's Most Thematically Sound Work Oct. 18 2013
By Kaya Savas - Published on Amazon.com
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Atli Örvarsson really wowed me with his score for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It managed to craft a mythical soundscape yet sound modern and kick serious ass. I mention Hansel & Gretel because it was at the premiere of that film that Atli got hired for The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones. Director Harald Zwart was in attendance and was impressed with Atli's work so much that Atli basically got the job right then and there. Mortal Instruments is a very different score than Hansel & Gretel. Here Atli does indeed craft a beautiful mythological soundscape, but he infuses a sense of wonder and scope into it. There is an edge of mystery and magic behind the music. The score is wonderfully thematic, melodic and ultimately engaging.

The opening theme sets the stage for the wonderful journey that follows. I mentioned crafting a mythology, and the score does indeed do that. The music feels solely part of the world that the movie exists in, and that's important. It gives the listener a grounding quality for the characters in the setting. The music's approach utilizes high-energy melodies and choral arrangements to give it a large scope. The action is also executed in pure Örvarsson style. Övarsson's scores all have this pulsating energy that drives them, and Mortal Instruments continues that. He can build tracks to great effect to give them an epic fantasy scope. The choral work in the score is definitely one of the main draws. It's not as deep and brooding as say Lord Of The Rings, which Shore used to create darkness and impending doom. Here the chorus has enough weight to give it substance yet light enough to keep it ethereal and mystical. The music really ramps up in energy and intensity in the final act, and there are some fantastic action tracks. Electronics are used to give the music the hard modern edge it needs, but we still keep that other worldly mysticism all the way through to the end.

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is some of Atli Örvarsson's best thematic work and it's a fantastically engaging score. The music is high-energy, but it also packs a lot of that grand fantasy to make the soundscape truly unique. Örvarsson's pulsating style works incredibly well here, and the choral arrangements really make a dramatic impact in the music. I've been a huge fan of Atli's music since the beginning of his career, and it's been great to see his sound gain strength over the years. Mortal Instruments is a wonderful example of Örvarsson's thematic sensibilities and pulsating action stylings.
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful March 24 2014
By Brandi Solheim - Published on Amazon.com
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The music on here is absolutely wonderful. It brings back the emotions from the book series as well as the movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love! March 23 2014
By Elise Abnet - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this album! I actually listened to the entire thing on youtube before I bought this, and vampires and werewolves (one song I was on the fence about) is actually now one of the top ones on the album I love listening to! Midnight in the Gardens being my all time fav!
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