Pearl Harbor Soundtrack
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Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer managed to bring both a sense of fear and foreboding and the spirit of heroism to his score for this 2001 war epic. Faith Hill's soaring ballad There You'll Be leads to Zimmer's pieces Tennessee; Brothers; Attack; December 7th , and more!
Hans Zimmer's lush and romantic Pearl Harbor album inverts every expectation of what a World War II epic should sound like. Zimmer previously explored the American Pacific war in The Thin Red Line (1998), though this time he takes a more commercial direction. The programme opens with the power ballad by Faith Hill, "There You'll Be", establishing in the wake of Titanic (1997) this as blockbuster mixing romance with maritime disaster hoping for a share of the success that came Celine Dion's way. The eight orchestral cues concentrate on romance and the pity of war, ranging from noble melancholy to an elevated spiritual purity. The choral writing incorporated into "December 7th" continues a direction Zimmer explored with Hannibal (2001), where he similarly underlined the heart rather than the horror. Only during "War" do the snare drums finally arrive for a rousing slice of patriotic and exciting action with the military sensibility continued into the valedictory "Heart of a Volunteer". The heavily processed orchestra is familiar from Zimmer's Gladiator (2000), the composer continuing his knack of delivering an instantly memorable theme which retains interest through numerous moods and variations. Augmented by wistful piano and ethereal choir, Pearl Harbor is melodic and accessible and has every chance of being the most popular instrumental soundtrack of 2001. --Gary S Dalkin
Top Customer Reviews
The music composed by Hans Zimmer throughout the disc is among the best I've ever heard. The pieces "Tennessee" and "Brothers" compliment well the story line before the two young men go
off to war. "....And Then I Kissed Him" and "I will come back" set an authentic romantic mood.
I particularly enjoyed "Attack" that played throughout the dynamic scenes depicting the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. One can readily imagine Hirohito's pilots on their way to destroy the American naval base. The music splendidly captures the rituals and mind set of these Japanese airmen committed to the Bushido code of honor. "December 7th" hauntingly accompanies the horror and destruction of that fateful day. The singing of the choir almost brought tears to my eyes.
The final tracks "War" and "Heart of a Volunteer" remind us that our nation responded with a resounding resolve that will echo in the annals of history forevermore. Zimmer deserves an Academy Award nomination.
But besides the music, how can they only put nine songs for a three-hour movie? To me, that doesn't make sense, but enjoy the music, it's wonderful.
My personal favorites on this soundtrack are 'Tennessee', 'Brothers', '...And Then I Kissed Him', 'Attack', and 'Heart of a Volunteer'; though all of the pieces are excellent. 'Tennessee' is the emotional and reoccuring theme to 'Pearl Harbor'. 'Tennessee' reappears in 'Brothers', '...And Then I Kissed Him', 'I Will Come Back', and I believe it also occurs in 'Heart of a Volunteer'. I absolutely love the dramatic 'Attack', which appears in the film when the Japanese are plotting their attach on Pearl Harbor. The beat is absolutely addictive and you find yourself having it on repeat for a very long time... 'Attack' gives me a strong reminder of the 'Gladiator' soundtrack. Some of Hans Zimmer's other notable pieces of work are two 'Gladiator' soundtracks, 'The Lion King', 'Hannibal', 'Driving Miss Daisy', 'As Good as it Gets', 'Rain Man', and 'Crimson Tide'.
The first track is You'll Be There by Faith Hill. This song has a smooth style perfect for the end of the film.
The next few tracks called "Tennesee", "Brothers", "and then I kissed him" are amazing. The use of strings and piano of that magnificant theme is truely beautiful music.
"I will come back" has a sad tone to do with something in the film, that I would reveal if you haven't seen it yet! Once again .... amazing track!
"Attack" starts off with the Japanese Theme from the movie and then has some of the saddist music you will hear. If you are in a sad mood, this will make you cry!! It is that moving!!!
The next track is called "December 7th". It has a choir and string, another sad track.
"War" is probably my favourite track! It is AMAZING!! The track starts with the war room theme and leads into fast paced orchestral music when the Americans fight back. This has to be heard :-)
The last track is the ending theme "Heart Of A Volunteer". Has a choir singing, very sad, and then changes into a slow march with the main theme at the end.
This soundtrack MUST be bought by any Pearl Harbor fan or an Orchestral Music fan! 10/10!!!!
What makes this CD even better is the beautiful arc in which the album takes, stylistically following a story all of its own. We get the passionate love; soon tension arises and things look bleak; action ensues; the hero emerges from the depths. The CD's organization is a feat alone. Then take the truly romantic sounds that stir the mind and evoke a grand sweeping passion; add to that perhaps the greatest use of a choir in film score history (failing to surpass only the Duel of the Fates and Edward Scissorhands), and you discover what makes this music such a welcome addition to any collection.
Yes it is oftentimes so sappy that you can't bear it, but I for one enjoy that. The only major complain I hold towards the score is more directed towards its use in the film rather than its progression on the album. The heavy percussion doesn't--to me, at least--accurately represent any kind of Japanese force. It seems exceedingly out of place when you see it on screen; but on an album, nationality doesn't exist, and so it mixes in with the aforementioned arc of the musical narrative.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Have been looking for this CD for ages. Love the music by Hans Zimmer esp Tennessee and now I have my own copy.Published on July 23 2014 by Elaine Inrig
This is a very good buy, especially if you appreciate music and/or enjoy the movie.
The album length is perfect, not too long or short. Read more
This CD is nothing short of amazing. I can't comprehend how Hanz Zimmer can capture the sounds of such stunning beauty. Read morePublished on June 24 2004
In the delightful comic romp 'Pearl Harbor,' dashing (as opposed to merely "runny") pilots Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck fall in love with the same woman just as some... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by J. Eric Dietrich
This CD really reminds me about the movie alot. I listen to it all the time.************************************ thats how many stars I give the movie and the CD!Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Kelsey Mueller
"Pearl Harbor" has a great variety of classical sounds from relaxing, sad songs to songs that are almost dancable. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Holly
I love listening to film scores, they are my most favorite genre of music. Hans Zimmer is a wonderful film composer, but he has done alot better in the past. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Spencer M. Sinclare