Pearl Harbor Soundtrack
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Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer managed to bring both a sense of fear and foreboding and the spirit of heroism to his score for this 2001 war epic. Faith Hill's soaring ballad There You'll Be leads to Zimmer's pieces Tennessee; Brothers; Attack; December 7th , and more!
Hans Zimmer's lush and romantic Pearl Harbor album inverts every expectation of what a World War II epic should sound like. Zimmer previously explored the American Pacific war in The Thin Red Line (1998), though this time he takes a more commercial direction. The programme opens with the power ballad by Faith Hill, "There You'll Be", establishing in the wake of Titanic (1997) this as blockbuster mixing romance with maritime disaster hoping for a share of the success that came Celine Dion's way. The eight orchestral cues concentrate on romance and the pity of war, ranging from noble melancholy to an elevated spiritual purity. The choral writing incorporated into "December 7th" continues a direction Zimmer explored with Hannibal (2001), where he similarly underlined the heart rather than the horror. Only during "War" do the snare drums finally arrive for a rousing slice of patriotic and exciting action with the military sensibility continued into the valedictory "Heart of a Volunteer". The heavily processed orchestra is familiar from Zimmer's Gladiator (2000), the composer continuing his knack of delivering an instantly memorable theme which retains interest through numerous moods and variations. Augmented by wistful piano and ethereal choir, Pearl Harbor is melodic and accessible and has every chance of being the most popular instrumental soundtrack of 2001. --Gary S Dalkin
Top Customer Reviews
One of the areas of the movie that did stand out for me though was its soundtrack. While the song, "They're You'll Be", sung by Faith Hill, shares definate similarites with Celine Dion's song from the aforementioned Titanic, it's not quite as grating on the nerves. I would even say that Ms. Hill provides for a much more emotional impact when heard apart from the film.
As for composer Hans Zimmer's score, the CD soundtrack, is a solid repesention of his work from the film. Like the film, the best parts of the score occur during the attack sequence, and it's aftermath. The music heard in "Attack", "December, 7th, and "war" create a fine arc, with some differing styles to handle the changing levels of drama. The sound of a choral group is used very effectively here as well.
If you are a fan of Zimmer's work-this should be part of your collection. The CD has 9 tracks with a running time of 46:20. Recommended
include "Tennessee", "Brothers", "And Then I Kissed Him", and "Heart of a Volunteer". These contain beautiful string lines along with piano and a soprano solo voice. The action music is present in "Attack" and most notably "War." This ranks up there along with The Rock and Crimson Tide. Lots of strings, driving percussion, and pulsating rhythms give the action music the trademark Zimmer sound. "Tennessee" and "War" are the two best tracks. "Tennessee" lays out the main theme right from the start and "War" kicks things into high gear and gets the heart pounding. "There You'll Be" is one of the best songs i've heard in a long time. It should have won best song at the Academy Awards, but lost to Randy Newman's song from Monsters, Inc. Overall, a total satisfaction and one of the best scores i've heard come from Zimmer.
Hans Zimmer has composed one of the most beautiful love themes. I would have liked to hear Lisa Gerrard's vocals included, but there are very little solo vocal parts, and those that exist are performed by Julia Migenes. Although she isn't Lisa Gerrard, she does a very good job. Although the love theme is amazingly well done, it takes up too much of the 46 minute total running time.
Tracks 6,7 and 9 are some of the best dramatic tracks I have ever heard in my entire life. "Attack" features the Japanese Theme which is dark and percussive, but after two minutes, the music leads into the great sound of the dramatic theme.
Steve Jablonsky, one of the additional arrangers on the album, wrote this piece which is close to being the best track on the album. It starts out very explosive and full of Julia Migenes' vocals backed up by an amazing orchestra. It then leads into very subtle and emotional music. At the end of the track, there is a more subtle version of the explosiveness heard in the beginning of the track.
"December 7th" is very, VERY emotional. It begins with a large orchestral piece with a wonderful cello part performed by Martin Tillman. Then the choir begins and continues for five minutes. Very dramatic and emotional.
"War" is the only action peice on the entire soundtrack (except for the Japanese Theme) and is very patriotic and triumphant. This too was composed by Steve Jablonsky.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Have been looking for this CD for ages. Love the music by Hans Zimmer esp Tennessee and now I have my own copy.Published 18 months ago by Elaine Inrig
This is a very good buy, especially if you appreciate music and/or enjoy the movie.
The album length is perfect, not too long or short. Read more
This CD is nothing short of amazing. I can't comprehend how Hanz Zimmer can capture the sounds of such stunning beauty. Read morePublished on June 24 2004
In the delightful comic romp 'Pearl Harbor,' dashing (as opposed to merely "runny") pilots Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck fall in love with the same woman just as some... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by J. Eric Dietrich
This CD really reminds me about the movie alot. I listen to it all the time.************************************ thats how many stars I give the movie and the CD!Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Kelsey Mueller
"Pearl Harbor" has a great variety of classical sounds from relaxing, sad songs to songs that are almost dancable. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Holly
I wasn't expecting this CD to be that good but I was totally wrong. Faith Hill does a wonderful job as she sings "There You'll Be" with emotion! Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by jennalee schuler
Haven't bought the CD yet. But heard some of the sound clips. But what happened to the big band music??? I thought that's why it was called a music soundtrack. Read morePublished on July 27 2003 by cindy