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Tears Of The Sun [Soundtrack]

Hans Zimmer , Lisa Gerrard Audio CD
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1. Yekeleni Part 1/Mia's Lullabye
2. Heart Of Darkness
3. Small Piece For Doumbek And Strings/Kopano Part 1
4. Under The Forest Calm
5. Yekeleni Part II/Carnage
6. Kopano Part II
7. Night
8. Cry In Silence
9. The Jablonsky Variations On A Theme By HZ/Cameroon Border Post
10. The Journey/Kopano Part III

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If the basic thematic elements of this Bruce Willis star vehicle--American military unit gets cut off behind enemy lines in a guerilla-besieged African backwater--have parallels with Ridley Scott's fierce, unrelenting Black Hawk Down, composer Hans Zimmer (who scored both films) has conjured an entirely different musical soul for this adventure. Where his Black Hawk score turned on a gritty, often violent clash of musical cultures, his work here is richly introspective and tinged with a mature sense of melancholy. African rhythms and melodic elements bubble to the surface throughout, but in subtly powerful ways that often recall the best of Peter Gabriel's world music ventures. Zimmer has again impressively expanded his repertory company approach to scoring as well, with veteran collaborators Lisa Gerrard and Heitor Pereira joined here by Steve Jablonsky, Andreas Vollenweider and Lebo M. (who's written and performed the score's passages of African poetry). The result is a moody, evocative score whose quiet grace recalls the composer's masterful work for The Thin Red Line; another satisfying tribute to the power of musical understatement. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars "African Chants with high action cues ~ Zimmer" April 13 2003
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Director Antoine Fuqua brings to the screen "Tears of the Sun", a film similar to "Behind Enemy Lines", "Black Hawk Down" and "Bat 21" all winners, but the difference is Bruce Willis, Tom Skerritt and Monica Bellucci a very strong cast for this action thriller. Now enters Hans Zimmer, the directors choice for composer ~ who once again takes us on a classic musical journey ~ this time into African rhythms, beautiful solos and choral arrangements. Varese Records along with behind the scenes music-people like Steve Jablonsky, Lisa Gerrard, Heitor Pereira, Lebo M., Andreas Vollenweider and Jim Dooley send chills down our spins with this (should be) award winning score album.
A couple of stand outs ~ "YEKELENI PART 1/"MIA'S LULLABYE", this theme could make time stand still, it's that beautiful ~ "THE JOURNEY/KOPANO PART III", the final track has the "Zimmer Signature" all the stops are pulled out with brilliant orchestration, outstanding arrangement and total blow your mind performance ~ gotta love it!
This CD can stand own its own for listen ability ~ musical style of "Lion King", "Thin Red Line", "Gladiator", "Black Hawk Down" and "Power of One" if you enjoyed any of the mentioned, this score's for you and did I mention this is a keeper.
Total Time: 46:38 on 10 Tracks ~ Varese Records 302-066-457-2 ~ (3/18/2003)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zimmer and Co. Back in Africa March 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
Much like Hans Zimmer's music for "Galdiator" his score for "Tears of the Sun" could be described as "soundtrack by committee." This is not to suggest that it does not work for the film, or as a soundtrack recording. Indeed, it is both effective and enjoyable on both counts. Credit must be given to Steve Jablonsky, Lebo M., Lisa Gerrard, Heitor Pereira and Andreas Vollenweider as well, however. That said the musical score is amazingly cohesive. The unifying thread is the vocals of Lebo M. This is a somber and often reflective score to an equally serious film. Both the plight of Africa and the frustration of the West are clearly portrayed on the screen and in this music. At times the music is a desperate, wrenching plea for sanity. Zimmer and Lebo were part of a very successful colaboration with "The Lion King," and this effort is at times a reminder of that great achievement. The emotional climax of the film, and the score, does have an unmistakable "Lion King" moment (only the rock is missing). Nicely produced and packaged by Varese.
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4.0 out of 5 stars African Tears March 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was very eager to get my hands on Hans Zimmer's only cd release since Spirit. Knowing that this score would be very much like the Power of One with a war element included, I felt that I would thoroughly enjoy the music. And that I did. The first feeling I got was a sense of awe as Mia's Lullabye filled my ears. Then sadness as the strings of the Heart of Darkness track began. The longest track on the album, strangely titled 'Small Piece For Doumbek And Strings' is one of the best. The pace and volume of the track changes through its duration, with a very emotional cue around the 7.00 minute mark. Under the forest calm offers some fairly un-interesting minimalistic score. Carnage offers a very chaotic build-up and then cools down. Track 6 acts as an interlude to more emotional music in track 7 and track 8 - Cry in Silence starts off in chaos with the same music as in Carnage, and very similar to Black Hawk Down. Track 9 is simply brilliant, an emotional bulid-up to chaos to a fast tempo action cue, but the best is yet to come. Track 10 is Zimmer's 2003 masterpiece. In a build-up to theme not dis-similar to final tracks in Beyond Rangoon and Black Hawk Down, the Mother Africa style track is simply breathtaking, spanning 8 minutes, with Lebo M. featuring heavily. This is a must have for Zimmer fans, for any score music fans with some spare cash, and for anyone who enjoys African chants and the like, if not just for track 10. The only disappointment here is the short-ish length. But as long as we are getting Zimmer's score released onto cd, we have to be happy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars waiting too long for the payoff March 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is Zimmer's latest installment in his "world-music" appreciation fan club. On a whole, it's dark, depressing and moody- just like the film itself. You can skip the silliness and go to track 9... it has a minute or so of the theme prevalent in the rest of the CD, so you get that out of the way, and the rest of this nicely extended 8-ish minute track is a trio of action cues which easily stand alone if you haven't seen the movie... as most of you shouldn't. If you get lazy and leave the CD in the player, track 10 is an uplifting piece which manages to wipe away the melancholy of tracks 1 through 8...
I give it three stars... it's worth it for the one track, bearable for the last track, but don't expect too much...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zimmer turns to his old style April 6 2003
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best in Hans Zimmer career. After a long time finally a full "Zimmerish" orchestration appears. But what I like the most is the multi-composer approach which resulted in the extraoridinary diversity of this album. There is lot of mood and themes changes here yet the score remains consistent.
Another great thing is while Zimmer turns back to his old style he is carefull not to repeat himself too much. The old is mixed with the new. In that way we gain a complete new quality of Thin Red Line, Power of One, Black Hawk Down or Lion King. We gain Tears of the Sun - a great,GREAT score for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music; disrupting chants
The score features some great music by Zimmer - he never disappoints me. The trouble I had with this CD comes from the African chanting. Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
With all of Zimmer's music, you are there, not at the concert but in the field. The music is always amazing. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Nokha
5.0 out of 5 stars Zimmer Does it Again
Wow! Once again he comes through with another amazing score to a great movie. A must for Hans Zimmer fans! If you only got the final track, it would be worth it. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003 by jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Hans
Hans Zimmer returns to full orchestration and brings us a gem. Track 1 is moving, Track 9 is the best (a well suited action piece) it goes well with action plus a little bit of... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by stainless steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from the movie
If you liked the sound track at the show. Well, here it is.
Published on June 27 2003 by Chris J. Visconti
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely beautiful
This is an exquisitely beautiful and powerful piece by Lebo M., Hans Zimmer, Steve Jablonsky, and Jim Dooley. Read more
Published on March 24 2003 by "motherland7"
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Zimmer Score, although conventional.
This is one of most listenable scores of Hans Zimmer - the music is composed well, the rhythm of the album appropriate. Read more
Published on March 24 2003 by Thomas Schloemer
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