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Perfect Storm Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
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1. Coming Home From The Sea
2. The Fog's Just Lifting...
3. Let's Go, Boys
4. To The Flemish Cap
5. The Decision To Turn Around
6. Small Victories
7. Coast Guard Rescue
8. Rogue Wave
9. There's No Goodbye...Only Love
10. Yours Forever (Theme from The Perfect Storm) - John Mellencamp

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There's no shortage of irony in film composer James Horner's cinematic triumphs with oceanborne disaster. Titanic, of course, became one of the most mega-successful orchestral soundtracks in history. While The Perfect Storm may not scale those commercial heights, it's a worthy, if differently nuanced, companion piece. With his score revolving around a rolling, six-note motif that perfectly evokes the waves of the North Atlantic, Horner colors the tale of the doomed fishing trawler Andrea Gail and her crew with a dramatic restraint that often brings to mind the best work of John Williams and John Barry. Horner's score builds on a dramatic tension between the brass and the strings (and even an apropos metal-guitar lick or two), before climaxing in a pair of lengthy cue-suites ("Coast Guard Rescues" and "The Rogue Wave") that masterfully conjure menace and pure terror from a skillful alchemy of challenging tonality and orchestral color. And, of course, there's a marketing-driven, tacked-on pop song, "Yours Forever," a collaboration between John Mellencamp and Horner (built around the same six-note motif) that's solid if not spectacular; Mellencamp delivers it well and survives with his dignity intact. --Jerry McCulley

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3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre outing from a great composer Oct. 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
James Horner has created some of the best scores that film history has had to offer. Some of his most excellent work is clearly seen in his scores for "Apollo 13", "Braveheart", "Legends of the Fall" and the best-selling composed album of all time, "Titanic". However, the strangely disappointing record for "The Perfect Storm" seems mediocre by all means -- and just boring if compared to Horner's previous work.
"The Perfect Storm"'s storyline provides for what would seem like amazing music. However, after listening intently on the album itself, it is quite regular. It seems that Horner threw the compositions together hastily as if he were needing to get to another project (which could, in reality, be true).
No, the entire album is not by any means awful. It is just a normal, slightly above average score. Reason why "above average" was even mentioned is simply for the fact of the amazing track "There's No Goodbye...Only Love". This amazingly beautifully orchestrated piece is the grand achievement of the record itself and deserves completely to be recognized.
The album, as mentioned before, is not in any way "bad" -- but is in no way "great". It stands out as another score that would be pleasant to have softly playing in the background or on your headphones while you relax.
Overall Grade: C
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS SOUNDTRACK IS BON A FIDE! June 1 2001
Format:Audio CD
I REALLY LOVE THIS SOUNDRACK,SINCE I NOW HAVE 2,SINCE I SCRACTHED MY FIRST ON UP SOMETHING FIERCE,SO I ORDERED THE OTHER ONE AND IT IS GREAT.MY FAVORITE TRACK IS COMING HOME FROM THE SEA,BECAUSE THE MUSIC IS SO FAST AND ITS WHEN THE ANDREA GAIL IS COMING HOME FOR THE LAST TIME.
THE FLEMISH CAP IS COOL TOO,ITS KIND OF THE SAME,BUT DIFFERENT. AND YOURS FOREVER IS A BEAUTIFUL SONG.THE SAD PART OF THE SONG I THINK IS :TAKE THESE TEARS,WASH AWAY YOUR SORROW. BECAUSE THEN YOU KNOW THAT THE FAMILIES OF THE FISHERMEN STILL GRIEF FOR THEM,AND STILL WISH THEY WOULD OF MADE IT BACK TO SAFETY. IN MEMORY OF ALL WHO HAVE BEEN LOST TO THE SEA. ROUGE WAVE IS NEAT TOO,THOUH ITS KIND OF TERRIFING,SINCE ITS THE PART WHERE THAT BIG WAVE COMES UP,AFTER THE HIGH MUSIC IS DONE, IT SEEMS THAT YOU CAN HEAR THE WAVE COMING DOWN.
IF ANYONE LOVES THE MOVIE LIKE I DO,I WOULD RECCOMEND THE SOUNDTRACK. MAY THE CREW OF THE ANDREA GAIL ALWAYS FIND A CALM SEA,WITH THE SUN TO THEIR BACKS.
FAREWELL,GUYS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Score Sept. 19 2000
Format:Audio CD
Horner does it again! After a while this CD reminded me Horner's real work. After Titanic I didn't hear a good score from him, Deep Impact was a bad copy of Titanic, Mighty Joe Young had some strong drum scoring but no good theme, Zorro wasn't good at all except a mid-range theme. He catches his great control over the dramatization in this CD again. Except the main theme which is really succesful, the music sounds like the combination of Titanic and especially Apollo 13, some passages are quite similar to Apollo 13's "The Launch" and "Master Alarm", "Coming Home From The Sea" is like the Perfect Storm suite which surrounds the first 10 minutes of the movie. The orchestration is the best I ever heard from Horner. Titanic had a strong orchestration too but the connection between joy and fear in "Coming Home From The Sea" is truly fantastic. There are of course half-tonal tracks like Rogue Wave and Coast Guard rescue but not like Don Davis's Matrix, they are quite like Titanic's The Sinking and Deaty of Titanic generally. There are no reprises which sounds like putting some repeats in some gap without need (like in Deep Impact). The song "Yours Forever" contains the main theme of the movie and isn't bad at all. It's too bad that people don't listed to it in theater, they have their chance here. It's the best soundtrack after the past 3 months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a very beautiful soundtrack Sept. 16 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Although this album doesn't match Horner's two best CD's, "Titanic" and "Star Trek II", one thing is for certain; "The Perfect Storm" is a great soundtrack. Built around a very beautiful theme, the entire score outdoes itself in some areas. "To the Flemish Cap" is a perfect example of how classical music can travel beyond our wildest dreams. Using drums and horns in very dramatic (And often surprising) crescendos, Horner attempts to perfectly illustrate lavish tidal waves and nerve-racking emotional distress. He succeeds in "...Flemish Cap", too. It doesn't stop there, though. "The Decision to Turn Around" builds upon that emotional distress, often reminding ones self of those nerve-racking and oh-so-emotional underwater scenes in "Titanic." "Small Victories" starts out as a glimmer of hope, but eventually spirals downward into the nightmare that is "The Perfect Storm." Drums are at full blast, horns ring out and the listener is once again at the heart of this perfectly concieved force of nature. "Coast Gaurd Rescue" speaks of our ultimate fear; Falling to our death while in the midst of mother natures greatest deathtrap (Even moreso than the others). It also speaks of the human courage, as there are some points where a fanfare can be heard. Just as suddenly as those arrive, though, you are transported back to the raging seas. "Rogue Wave" and "There's No Goodbye... Only Love" are perfect finales. Just like the feelings one gets while arriving home, these pieces speak to the heart in a fashion that is both tearful and memorable. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack
I love this! Tracks # 1 and 9 are especially good. This is one of my favorites!
Published on Feb. 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Adrenalin Inducing!
I did not get to this soundtrack until this year because of this movie (with paper-thin cliche' characters and special effects that LOOKED like special effects) got moved to the... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Score, but sadly the movie was awful...
I've been a James Horner fan for a long time. His scores have carried movies farther than their directors dreamed. Read more
Published on July 11 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone used my "Perfect Score" title - but that's OK
Anyways, I do agree that this a excellent score! James Horner is my favorite composer - I don't care what anyone says about him - and he should have received an Oscar nomi. Read more
Published on June 13 2001 by Mr. Limpet
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Storm brings a true appreciation to classical music
Before the age of ten, I have always loved classical music. It first started out just listening to the Disney soundtracks, but it has grown to be much more. Read more
Published on May 24 2001 by Tiana Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect is the right word!!!
I really enjoy this cd. Only one song with words but it's a great song. The Music really goes along with the movie. If you've seen the movie I'd recomend the cd.
Published on March 9 2001 by Laura "Rock Obsesser"
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the other music?
Although the sdtk is excellent, I bought it because I watched the movie and liked ALL of the featured music, not just the theme and instrumentals. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2000 by Tracy Lager
5.0 out of 5 stars TI'THE BEST'IC
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT TITANIC'S SOUNDTRACK IS THE BEST MOTION SOUND TRACK EVER PRESENTED IN HOLLYWOOD. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2000 by tausif
2.0 out of 5 stars Horner does it again...
I don't know how one can love Horner's sounds. Ok, He's written good scores in the past, but over the last ten years - with the exception of Apollo 13 and Braveheart - it seems... Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2000 by Emerson Paubel
5.0 out of 5 stars A big hit!
This is one of the best soundtracks from John williams. I mention some other great soundtracks as Amistad, Far and Away, Schindler's List and The Patriot. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2000 by "g.bosch@home.nl"
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