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Windtalkers (Score)

James Horner Audio CD
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1. Navajo Dawn
2. A New Assignment
3. An Act of Heroism
4. Taking the Beachhead
5. ''First Blood'' Ceremony
6. The Night Before
7. Marine Assault
8. Losses Mounting
9. Friends In War
10. A Sacrifice Never Forgotten
11. Calling to the Wind

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During World War II, American forces needed a foolproof way to keep their radio communications secure from enemy code breakers. The elegantly simple solution is the subject of this unusual John Woo film: Navajo Americans were recruited and utilized their native language as a code that was never broken. Veteran James Horner turns in a score that interweaves the Navajo's ancient mysticism amid more somber and brooding orchestral writing that occasionally evokes Copland during his introspective, American pastoral prime. Horner has oft been knocked for repeating himself, and the occasional nod to Enemy at the Gates is both obvious and dramatically pragmatic. The brass, strings, and driving percussion that power much of "Marine Assault" and the final, musically jagged third of the score draw on some welcome postmodernism, helping to reinvent and bolster what could have been standard action cues. Though the score lacks the strong central melodic themes to make it a war-film classic, the power of Horner's moody music to evoke the sheer physical terror and mental anguish of battle is undeniable. --Jerry McCulley

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good American Indian based score Jan. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is another good James Horner score. Yes, it does use some of his self-quotations from his other scores, but the overall result is a good one. The music mainly contains string passages, horns, and percussion. There is an American Indian like feel to this score that makes it sound great within the context of the film. The main theme is a 9 note string and sometimes indian flute motif that is found somewhere in almost every track, especially in "Taking the Beachhead" and "Calling to the Wind". When it is heard, the result is always a good one. Instead of utilizing all of the action, Horner instead focuses on the tension and drama of the film and this is shown much more in the music. This is not to say that there is no action music. Action music can be found in "Taking the Beachhead", "Marine Assault", "Friends in War", and "A Sacrifice Never Forgotten". These tracks consist of Horner's trademark action music with driving string and brass rhythms along with snare drum licks. The Navajo inspired music can be found in "Navajo Dawn", "First Blood Ceremony", "Losses Mounting", and "Calling to the Wind". If you are familiar with James Horner's style of music, then this will come as no surprise to you. Still, it is good and worthy of a 4 star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unsung Important Score Oct. 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you were expecting a melodic or rousing score akin to James Horner's LEGENDS OF THE FALL, GLORY or TITANIC look elsewhere. This is an impressive almost ethereal score. It actually impressed me more on this CD than it did in the actual film. It has elements of cultural American Indian idioms, a sense of Americana depicting the land and the people and typical military cues appealing to the intellect of the listener. However, the greatest strength of this score is the feeling of camaraderie that comes out of the chaos and carnage of war. Horner depicts the intimacy of being part of that ode to death and demonstrates that there really is no glory in it. How you react during that experience and what you take away with you is really what is important. I bought this CD and took a long ride along a highway during a bright sunny day and just listened to it. I was moved by it and equally surprised at the depth of emotion that Horner had put into it. This is one of his great scores but will probably go unsung for some time. I am sure this score will be discovered in time for what it has accomplished.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Listen To It Before You Buy It June 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is a major disappointment. There is no melody, only a repetitive one cord that the composer is trying to demonstrate how many ways he can have an orchestra, or one instrument from the orchestra play it. When Horner does give us a bit of variation to his music, he falls back on bits and pieces of his previous works. I heard snips of "The Perfect Storm" in this soundtrack. Too bad for his fans. Some of the most beautiful soundtracks have been done for War films. George Delerue's "Platoon", Hans Zimmers" "Then Red Line", Michael Kamen's "Bamd of Brothers, and recently Rachel Portman's "Hart's War", fall in this category. One of the all time classic war scores is James Horner's "Glory", so we know the composer is capable of producing something better than this.
Horner really missed an opportunity here. To integrate the beautiful Navaho music into this score would have been more appropriate to the film and to those of us who expexted a film score worth listening to.
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This may not be the most helpful review for I have not actually purchased the score (oh well), but while viewing the mediocre historical/pretty good blow-em-up action film, I was distracted by Horner's score. Yes, he tends to rip off his own earlier musical scores--but I've never heard it this blatant before. Contrary to other reviews, it is not "Enemy at the Gates" that is pirated but "The Perfect Storm" which is used througout the film--and as for "Navajo" music, as others have stated, don't expect to find them here because none was even utilized in the actual film (unless, of course, you count Whitehorse's flute/recorder duet with Anderson's harmonica). The one thing about Horner's score that actually was pleasing was the lack of a cheesy pop song for the end credits (which can unfortunately be found at the end of almost every Horner score--save a few--from the last few years). If you want a truly memorable Horner score, check out his vastly underrated score for 2001's "Iris." It may not be war-like and visceral but at least it's more original than what is likely to be found here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not the best score by horner June 23 2002
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Format:Audio CD
No doubt that this is not one of James Horner's best score. I can tell this because the theme of the movie wasn't compatible with Horner's deep inner self, emotional style of music. Movies of this type such as Braveheart, Glory, Titanic, A beautiful Mind bring out the best in Horner. I recommend seeing the movie before buying any soundtrack. Some reviewers complained that the song in the commercial was not on the cd, it wasn't even played in the movie. You can't expect that for every movie(such as this and Saving Private Ryan). Another reviewer said that this cd was poor because it contained no Navajo songs(again none were played in the movie). Yes this album is poor, but not just because it doesn't contain any Navajo music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Music better than movie
The music is very soothing. I really like the Indian flute playing on many of the songs. The movie was a real disappointment. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Soundtrack
I think it really captures the men in their life on and off the field of battle. I really enjoy this CD. One of Horner's best!
Published on Oct. 26 2002 by kametamorphic
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM IS POOR, DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Once again, Navajo songs were pushed aside from the making of this soundtrack, there is no Navajo songs, nothing... Read more
Published on June 14 2002 by Muzikfan
1.0 out of 5 stars I WAS ROBBED!
Maybe I should have thrown my money into the wind. Haven't seen the movie yet, but all the commercials on the radio with the beautiful American Indian music, it's what I EXPECTED... Read more
Published on June 13 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Talk about a composer tooting his own horn????
Alright James Horner, we know you're a pretty good composer. (Blaugh, blaugh, blaugh) I bought the CD hoping to hear some pretty Navajo music, and was I bitterly disappointed. Read more
Published on June 12 2002 by Joshua D. Mohr
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought Robbie Robertson was supposed to be on this...
Did anyone else notice that a Robbie Robertson song is used in the trailer for this movie? This soundtrack is nice, not a blockbuster but worth listening...
Published on June 6 2002 by Jeff Kasky
4.0 out of 5 stars Enemy at the Gates+ orchestrated Thunderheart
Horner fans should get the picture quickly with my title.
Good quality Horner score that makes an excellent companion piece to his awesome Enemy at the Gates score. Read more
Published on June 5 2002 by ERW
4.0 out of 5 stars James Horner is good.
I liked the CD a lot because of the orchestra music, but I was disappointed that there was no Native American or Navajo songs. I thought it would have been better that way. Read more
Published on May 28 2002
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