The Thin Red Line
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For nearly a full minute, there's nothing but a low rumble opening the album with "The Coral Atoll". This is the first indication that this score will be difficult to recognise as coming from Hans Zimmer. The pause here is an effect that, once expanded upon, draws you into a whole new world of expression from a composer previously known for his all-action pyrotechnics (Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow for example). Here are placid textures for a gentle celebration of being alive--and the tragedy of it being cut short. When freshman troops land and make their nervous way to a holding point on the island, Zimmer follows them for an extraordinarily protracted time ("Journey To The Line"). The first six minutes (all the cues are as lengthy) build from a subtle ticking beat into an enormous crescendo of sound. It's also the closest the score gets to an easily identifiable theme. You'll pick out moments of melody (lovely harp figures opening "Light"; tolling bell and wailing male voice in "The Lagoon"), but really this is an abstract soundscape of wonder and terror. Zimmer's masterpiece is better seen with the film, but speaks to the heart as directly in isolation. --Paul Tonks
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I am intrigued, to say the least, to learn that what you call the rhetoric is not relevant to the music, for in fact I recapitulate what the artists (Malick and Zimmer) had to think about when making the movie and its score. And, I was offended, to say the least, to learn that in reviewing music, we must either repeat the most conventional sentiments (for these, it appears, are always "relevant") or somehow maintain the on-the-face-of-it absurd proposition that music points nowhere and is noise.
And I am very offended that the moderator of this group at Amazon has inserted your offtopic complaint. Your post is not "about" the music at all whereas there is a rather short chain of relevance between every sentence of my review, and the music.
A thoroughgoing application of "relevance" would mean that there would be one valid post of the form "I liked it" or "I did not like it". This would be useful to market research only, not to real flesh-and-blood listeners.
Your review is "about" your conventionality and authoritarian streak; for Malick's film is a comment about those who, like Steven Spielberg, glorified modern, industrial war as somehow heroic and who are war criminals, responsible for inveigling a new generation into a new "police action" in Iraq.
In my review I provide information that is useful to the listener of the Zimmer score who may very well be ignorant both of the film and the history of Oceania. It is for example not possible to understand the a capella singing in the score without understanding how pervasive Christianity is in Oceania.Read more ›
The best part of this is the entry of one Melanesian hymn, God yu tekkem laeg blong me. Melanesian church music was brought to Fiji and the rest of Melanesia by Methodists who'd learned to sing in four-part harmony during the 18th century.
During the 18th century, ordinary men were forbid to sing in High church ceremonies and, when jobless, were targets of the recruiting sergeant and press-gang. Many of them, after years of rum, sodomy and the lash, turned to Methodism as a way of reasserting their dignity and honor which was in the process of being industrialized for the profits of London merchants and used at "sparkling" naval actions and glorious victores in which God's vassals dropped and died.
The survivors walked away and became lay preachers, some in the South Seas, and they taught the warring aborigines (who it appears were due to isolation trapped in their own warlike cycle and at the end of their particular tether) how to sing together.
Today, Methodism is a dominant faith in Fiji and the rest of Melanesia and it has its own history.
As I write, not a few of God's vassals would like a ticket not home but out, and instead are being picked up by black freighters and informed by Sarge that this is the only world there is.Read more ›
Mr. Nilges, this is a place for reviewing music not for spouting unsubstantiated political Rhetoric. I am not writing this to argue with you, as this is not the place, I am simply requesting that when writing a review please do just that, REVIEW the product in question. Your overly long so called "review" makes very little significant reference to the Thin Red Line musical score and is riddled with opinionated and irrelevant political and religious undertones. If you wish to rant about the war or the reasoning behind it please do so elsewhere, this is not the appropriate place. I ask the board moderators for Amazon to please remove both this message and the one entitled: "God yu tekkem laeg blong me" by Edward G. Nilges, as neither are relevant to the musical score in question.
It's a soundtrack you can listen to without having seen the movie.
This will only make sense to you if you are VERY familiar with the film.
1. "The Coral Atoll"
This starts with the quiet, barely audible synthesized sounds from the opening of the movie. It then builds up into the loud sustained organ chord which accompanies the opening shot of the crocodile. It is not quite as long the one in the movie and the chord opens up a little more suddenly. It then goes into the quiet stirring strings and harp sequence which is used over the shots of the village and the flashback of Witt's mother dying. After that you get the low, choppy, scary string sequence used for the shelling and when the officers are talking on deck. After that, the music calms down into that static music sequence with the low strings and bells - also used on the ship. It ends with a shortened version of the "Christian Race" theme used for the cabin sequence.
2. "The Lagoon"
This opens with a vocal section not used in the film. After some bassy synth and chimes you get a man singing a very peculiar, ghostly, wailing chant. This quickly passes and links into the main Lagoon track. This is the track used at various times in the film such as when the troops are rushing about to get into the transport boats, when Woody Harolson dies after "blowing his [rear] off" and the river scene at the end. You get almost the full thing. There's just a tiny bit cut out from when the Japs start going after Witt. This is replaced by more of the two-tone string theme.
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Most recent customer reviews
A haunting and poetic soundtrack.
One of the reasons that this movie is so great is the beautiful music and this CD captures it perfectly, some people have complained about... Read more
There were some songs that I didn't like much so I burned the cd. I only copied 4 songs, but to me the cd was far worth it for the 4 I like. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2002 by Kari
Perhaps the best, most haunting, poetic music you'll ever hear. I personally recommend both this awe inspiring & angelic score and Terrence Malick's superb motion picture. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2002
A soundtrack that has enough feeling to move you through the events which take place in the film. Journey to the Line is one of the best pieces of music that I have heard from a... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2002 by Amazon Customer
Beautiful. Poetic. Spell-binding. All of these words could be used to describe the score from the Thin Red Line. Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Thaddeus Marcum
This is the most beautiful and haunting music you will ever hear. Hans Zimmer creates an atmosphere which will undoubtedly affect all who listen to this album. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2002
This soundtrack is one of the best examples of how to compose film music. I'm not a big fan of Mr. Zimmer's music (I disliked some of his scores, being the best example... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2002 by Miguel Moura