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Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows (Score) Enhanced, Import

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  • Audio CD (Dec 13 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • ASIN: B005ZHB84U
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Original soundtrack to the 2011 motion picture composed by Hanz Zimmer. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is the anticipated sequel to Guy Ritchie's 2009 reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes legend starring Robert Downey Jr.

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Zimmer is either a genius (Inception), an entertaining composer (The Dark Knight) or a complete over-the-top one (Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tide).

Here, he goes completely over the top and gives us "more of the same" with a small twist. Repetitions are legions, bombastic orchestras are here to either sound deafening just because he can do it or to bring some sort of musical pathos. Needless to say, most of the arrangements are good, but none of them equal the first movie's musical brilliance and steampunk feel.

Fans of Zimmer's work may be more fond of his scores but I still need the "getting used to" moment to find where his work grabs me.
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Personally a big fan of these two films, and while I used to wince a little seeing Hans' name in the opening credits of practically every movie I saw, he really did a great job on these two films, particularly this one. While I still think the main motif was pretty bland from the first one, it's underplayed a little here, and done a bit better when it's used.

Anyway - if it's cheap, like less than 20 bucks definite purchase.
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Hans Zimmer, as nearly always, fails to disappoint.
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Hans Zimmer is a genius and fans of his soundtracks will surely enjoy this latest compilation. There is some opera mixed in but it blends so well to evoke the scenes it related to. Definitely a great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chess Dec 13 2011
By Matches Malone - Published on
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The first "Sherlock Holmes" score caught me completely off guard with how different and completely opposite of Zimmer it was and ended being my favorite score that year. For the sequel, Zimmer goes even further by delivering one of the most unique and addicting scores I've heard since his score for the first movie.

The album starts off with the Sherlock Holmes theme in almost the same manner as the last. This time with some pauses here and there. A somber opening that brings back that great theme. It's like the calm before the very crazy storm that is the rest of the tracks on this incredible album.

The next track introduces a new theme which I'm guessing is a theme for the bad guy in the movie? Starts off with low instruments before being picked up by what I could have sworn was a bass clarinet. A bass clarinet in a Zimmer score? Sheer bloody panic. Other than the clarinet, another instrument that I never thought I'd hear in modern day Zimmer score was the bassoon, which is featured very well on "The Mycroft Suite".

"Tick Tock" is easily one of my favorite tracks on the album. It takes a while for it get going, but once it kicks, it really starts getting fun. I'm sure the ticking sound will make sense once I see the movie, but for now it's a very cool sound that's almost present throughout the track as it gets crazier and crazier. One of the few action tracks I believe, but very well done.

I remember on the last "Holmes" score there was a track called "I never woke up in handcuffs before" which I thought was as crazy as Zimmer could ever be in terms of playfulness. Well this score proved me wrong. There are tracks on here that I had to stop listening to about halfway through to make sure I was listening to the right soundtrack. "Chess" is an early and great example of this.

The track "Chess" is not only my personal track on the album, but just might be my favorite track of the year. Listened to it so many times and it still makes me smile. I love how weird it starts, and that odd brass and snares at the 17 sec. mark before going in a very unique and crazy direction. I LOVE this track. Just incredible anyway you cut it. Would pay good money to see the look on the faces of the orchestra when they saw the sheet music for the first time.

But as crazy as "Chess "is, I think "It's So Overt it's Covert" might top it. I can just picture Zimmer telling the orchestra to get supremely wasted then try to play the music, which is kind of what it sounds like. The clarinet just flies around like a bee trying to find a flower whiles the rest of the instruments try their best to play the Sherlock Holmes theme. I love this track; it's just so weird and out there and very encouraging to me that Zimmer was allowed to get away with this. Very refreshing to see this kind of experimenting in a big budget movie.

"Romanian Wind" is another one that's far out there. Like the Cantina band in "Star Wars" but on acid or some kind of illegal narcotics. Don't know the best way to describe it, but it's a very interesting piece of music that I'm still not sure if it was written or if the ensemble just improved it but I love it. "He's all Me, Me, Me" is an odd one too. I really hope they have a lengthy behind the scenes on the blu ray for the music, die of happiness to see the orchestra performing this music.

"Did You Kill My Wife" sounds like the type of music you would hear in a very dramatic Western as the hero is making a speech or walking into town. It's essentially the brass being led by a beautiful trumpet. The source track "Two Mules for Sister Sara" is a bit distracting at first, but guess it will make sense once I see the movie

Fans of Zimmer's action music will appreciate "To the Opera", which is an action track but with a very unique twist. It's an opera action track if that makes any sense. Throughout out the pounding of the orchestra you can hear an opera singer singing Mozart whiles the orchestra keeps up. It sounds like it won't work, but Zimmer makes it work so well on here. Can't wait to see the movie to see what scene that goes with. "Red Book" would be another great action track that I can't wait to see the movie to see what it goes with. Starts slow, but after about a minute the action kicks in. And dare say it has an Elfman vibe to it.

The closest thing to subtle on the album would be the very sweet "Memories of Sherlock". Guessing it's for either something romantic in the movie or a slow motion explosion or something. It is very nice to hear though, a nice break from the off the wall stuff. A short break but still.

I'm guessing "The End?" is for the end of the movie. *shocking I know*. It ends just like the first movie did with an energetic and bombastic version of the Holmes theme. A very nice ending to a really great album. Now I should probably say something about the remix track but um...yeah

I really love this score. It's unique, it's experimental, it's fun and it has some great action. Don't know if it's the best of the year since I haven't heard "War Horse" yet, but so far it's my favorite. Kudos Mr. Zimmer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good soundtrack by Zimmer July 23 2016
By Karma00 - Published on
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Good Soundtrack. Different from the first movie but it grows on you. Another good job by Zimmer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows! Dec 13 2011
By Darryl Strickler - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Tracks 2, 3, and 4 alone would be worth the price. After listening to the entire album, I created a playlist with these three tracks looping. It has made my day fly by - and I'm an accountant so that's difficult to do!

I wasn't quite sure how Zimmer would top Sherlock Holmes - especially with "Discombobulate," and, "Psychological Recovery," but I think he has done it here.

In addition to the, "Shadows," tracks, "The End," is an epic sendoff. This score does not disappoint; I wish the same for the film itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get Trapped In A Brilliant World Of Bizarre Textures & Expertly Structured Sequences. Zimmer Changes The Pace A Bit For #2 Dec 22 2011
By Kaya Savas - Published on
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When we heard Hans' score to the first Sherlock Holmes it wasn't necessarily a game changing score as was Inception or Batman Begins. It was heavily thematic, expertly structured and just a purely fun charismatic ride. It was perfect for the film. Hans isn't new to the sequel world and it's always great to see himself trying new things in familiar territory to try and spice things up. For Holmes' second outing we have a much darker score shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Gone are the bombastic action tracks of the first score as we settle into a foggy maze of shadows.

The beginning of the album sets us up with a three part section called "Shadows". The base of these three tracks is quite brilliant as Hans takes his clock motif from the third act of the first film and turns it into a tensely paced track. Part 2 is entitled "Tick Tock" and rightfully so as the baseline of the track mimics the ticking of a clock. Then come bursts of strings that build and pull away like waves. As we're stuck in the shadows we are dealt some intense music that just transports us into the universe of this film. After some long tracks we finally emerge from the shadows and are treated to that quirky eccentric theme we love so much. This time around Hans incorporates much more heavily an eastern European sound. Romanian instrumentation is heavily featured such as the obviously titled track "Romanian Wind". Hans then does some great stuff in tracks like "To The Opera" and "Die Forelle" where sound design and score mix together. Diegetic and non-diegetic music become one as Hans incorporates source music into the weave of the score. We also have a great nod to Ennio Morricone with a newly arranged track based off Morricone's Two Mules For Sister Sara. I honestly laughed out loud when I heard it because I didn't look at the tracklisting before I listened to the score. It's one of my favorite Morricone scores, but it's an obscure one and somehow fits perfectly here. We then move toward the conclusion, which isn't as fast paced as the final act of the first film. Hans of course leaves us with Sherlock's theme that undoubtedly plays over the end credits. The final track is actually an incredibly great remix. Hans has built a reputation for including remixes on his CD's (some people hate them), but I actually really love this one as it seems to be done in-house and retains the feel of the score.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is such an entertaining extension of the first score that you will be trapped in a brilliant world of bizarre textures and expertly structured sequences. It's a ride for sure and one worth taking multiple times. I listened to the score 4 times within the first week because that's how engaging it is. You can't help but be charmed by its seducing mystery, its charismatic cultural infusion and offbeat melodies. Hans and company execute pure entertaining brilliance. It won't make you cry, it's not a game changer, but it's so damn unique that you'll have a grand ol' smirk the entire time you're engrossed in the world.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A creative departure for Zimmer, but retains that old magic Dec 13 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I've been loving Hans Zimmer soundtracks since I heard and was swept away by the Lion King. Since then, there have been a lot of phases of Mr. Zimmer's growth as a composer. Recently, he has had something of a creative renaissance, and I am happy to say that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is really quite inventive, yet still firmly grounded in that melodic sensibility and urgency that makes a Zimmer soundtrack so good. The off key piano in the opening phrases of "I See Everything" is merged skillfully in an uneasy duet with trembling strings, giving a sense of delightful unease and dread, mystery and excitement. And from that moment, the soundtrack doesn't let up. "Shadows", a three part meditation on an ominous theme, becomes wonderfully creepy as you notice a watch ticking ominously in the background. By the time "Shadows Part 3 (Chess)" comes on, you are on the edge of your seat, about to crack with tension. Percussion and glockenspiel stabs burst forth and then are retracted as if the threat has suddenly retreated around a corner. "Romanian Wind" takes, of course, a traditional sounding Romanian violin/fiddle figure and develops it with a flute(!) into a wild dance that certainly owes something to the Hungarian Rhapsodies, but more than that is just plain delightful. It becomes so fast at the end that I can almost imagine flames rising from the bow! The segue into the melancholy Spanish trumpet of "Did You Kill My Wife" makes for a startling and affecting contrast, but the wild fiddle and irrepressible creativity and humor once more reappear for "He's All Me Me Me" with it's rollicking pizzicatos and swaying sawing on the strings. "Moral Insanity" may be the emotional heart of the soundtrack, followed closely by the devastating melancholic reappearance of the Sherlock piano theme in "Memories of Sherlock". For lovers of Zimmer and modern film music, this is a very enjoyable soundtrack full of well developed themes, original instrumentation, and beauty, but grounded in the traditional tonalism that will make it approachable for folks who just want a good listen. Foreground or background, it stands up to repeated listenings.

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