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Black Hawk Down Soundtrack
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Black Hawk Down is the fifth collaboration between composer Hans Zimmer and director Ridley Scott, and following Gladiator (2000) and Hannibal (2001), their third in fewer than two years. Though set two millennia after Gladiator, Black Hawk Down's unrelenting African warfare has much in common with the former blockbuster. Zimmer opens with comparable Arabic flavoured atmospherics leading to his trademark pulsating percussion and razor-sharp digital production values. The Andalusian colours of his Mission: Impossible 2 inflect the catchy world music/dance ballad "Barra Barra" before the score diversifies through textures that blend moody American (blues) and African folk elements with passages of programmed suspense underscore and electronic, sequenced fury. With so many elements fused into polished, perfectly organised musical landscapes, the result is occasionally like a compilation of elements from all Zimmer's recent hit scores. In battle cues such as "Tribal War", relentless rhythm takes over, but it is for the hymnal "Gortoz a ran", the haunted pure beauty of "Still", and the lament of "Mogadishu Blues" that this release is more likely to be remembered. As with Pearl Harbor, Zimmer concentrates on emotion over action, though here his work is influenced by the real folk music of the people involved, and hence the more moving for it.--Gary S Dalkin
Top Customer Reviews
His score for Black Hawk Down is, yes, ecclectic. Yet, I find myself dismissing much of the album, in fact, ALL of the album -- despite it being fresh, original, and exciting -- because track 11, "Gortoz a Ran", performed by Danez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard, is one of THE most haunting pieces of music I have ever heard...
I'm a music lover and have a wide variety of tastes. Hell, I'm a film music fantatic (or at least at one point). That being said, few pieces of music, individually, evoke so much emotion out of me. I'm a very analytical person. One rendition of "Gortoz" and I'm near in tears. It just brings out whatever grief or sorrow I have in myself, unlike any other piece of music. It makes me grieve on a small, personal scale, and for Humanity as a whole, and the suffering and injustices we endure. And yet, the lyrics are anonymous. It doesn't matter. It's pure tone, pure mood... It is a Religious piece of music. It can put one immediately into a state of compassionate meditation. It melts the heart.
The saddest thing is the track stands out as being so spectacular -- above the rest, really -- and the rest of the album is still of the utmost quality. It's Zimmer experimenting and creating a clever and intriguing musical landscape, with a longing, mournful theme, and as other reviewers have stated, several other stylings. All in all, it's very, very good, one of Zimmer's best, in fact (right behind his best effort, The Thin Red Line, another war effort)....
And yet, I always come back to "Gortoz"..........
Unfortunatly there have been several poor review's for this superb disc. I understand that it may not be for everybody, albeit I believe everybody should give it a listen. It is an unconventional score, but the fact is, it was written for an unconventional movie. The movie itself is incredible, cheers to Ridley Scott, and the music goes fittingly well within the picture. It also has found a new home in the CD player.
Bravo to Ridley Scott, and bravo to Hans Zimmer for yet another valiant effort to create something new in a world where "new" is becoming increasingly hard to come by.
There is a suitable combination of conventional music composed and recorded in "song" format to match the atmospheric pieces which are obviously created exclusively to score the film; the talent used is widely varying (World Music mainstay and collaborator with the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Michael Brook places his signature "infinite guitar" on display to great effect, and the vocals of Baaba Maal, Lisa Gerrard, and Denez Prigent are truly awe-inspiring; the weight of generations of starvation and clan warfare are achingly apparent).
But for me the soundtrack revolves around two compositions near the beginning and conclusion of the CD. "Barra Barra" is possibly the contemporary pop song statement that sums up the soundtrack's soul and the conflict as protrayed in the film and book "Black Hawk Down"; instrumentally the traditional percussion and oud-like instruments favored in the North African desert accompany a very menacing vocal provided by Rachid Taha, coupled with robotic and distorted electric guitars over a techno/hip-hop beat. It will be instantly recognizable from the movie scene and will no doubt bring images of using a high-powered and highly modified M-16 to hunt wild boar from the deck of a Black Hawk helicopter on "another taxpayer-sponsored DELTA safari".Read more ›
I do have the soundtrack to "Crimson Tide" and "Gladiator" and those albums a very good but they led me to buy albums by Dead Can Dance and Lisa Gerrard. The "Blackhawk Down" soundtrack is a very good album all by itself that was also a very effective soundtrack for the movie version on the exellent book of the same name by Mark Bowden. I thought that, while it had the limitations of trying to cover 14 hours of battle in a two hour movie, it did a great job of portraying the battle of Mogadishu.
Read the book, it's one of the best of it's type.
Buy or at least listen to the soundtrack.
The soundtrack is a great collection of music I normally wouldn't have listened to and it all works together very well as a stand alone album.
Two of the standouts are "Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends" by Denez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard and "Minstrel Boy" by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.
"Minstrel Boy" caused me to go out and by "Global A Go-Go" by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros which is another great album I wouldn't have bought on my own. It's got an 18 minute instrumental version of "Minstrel Boy" which is a good companion piece to the version with vocals on the "Blackhawk Down" soundtrack. Minstrel Boy is a 1798 piece, written after a failed Irish revolt, set to an even older Irish tune.
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I defy anyone to listen to Rcahid Taha's "Barra Barra" and not immediately be transported back to the streets of the capital of Somalia as you saw it in the movie. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2009 by Brian Maitland
This sountrack by Hans Zimmer is terrific. I don't believe you can watch the film and not leave the theater without the music in your head. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by V. Marshall
The thing that made me buy this cd was the movie.AfterI bought the movie and wached it the music inspired me to get the cd and its great.Published on May 30 2004
When I first watched the movie, I noticed the music immediately and it captured my interest throughout the entire film. Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by Shaun Williams
The last musical score that impressed me was Dr. Zhivago. Zimmer's score on this one leaves haunting strains which keep coming back-more from Thomas Moore's(Strummer really does... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by V. Clancy
The soundtrack to "Black Hawk Down" (a good movie in it's own right) offers up a change from the usual soundtrack, although fans of Hans Zimmer may find nothing new. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by TrezKu13
I got this album last year and it was the first Hans Zimmer score I had ever gotten, ever since then I have been furiously buying more Hans Zimmer cds. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003
As I said above this CD is well worth your money. For the nay-sayers all I can say is that it's obvious that you have never served in the military. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003
My first impression was not forgiving. But after listening to the middle eastern themes and electric guitars, it flowed nicely. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by Mark A. Buensalida