Sinbad Legend Of The Seven Se Soundtrack
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Hard to believe, but the animated feature film--once at the top of the endangered film species list--seems now imperiled by a glut of multi-studio riches. Perhaps overshadowed by the success of its rival in nautical animated adventure, Finding Nemo, this rich reworking of the Sinbad legend features its own spectacular visual wonders, marvelously underscored by the orchestral soundtrack of Harry Gregson-Williams. As he did for Chicken Run and Antz, the English composer again displays a mastery of animation's sharply increased musical demands. But in paying tribute to the swashbuckling musical grandeur of a bygone film era, Gregson-Williams still remains very much his own man, subtly seasoning his sweeping heroic themes with touches of choral mystery and the exotic. It all builds inexorably to the expected symphonic crescendos, but with a brio and romantic flair that's hard to deny. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
Working as a behind-the-coulisses entity, Gregson-Williams' name has graced many booklets already, but as yet, he has not scored many feature films. Nevertheless, it seems directors are beginning to notice him. And what more opportunity to write a diverse and exciting score than to an animated feature adventure of "Sinbad"?
This soundtrack is full with whimsical classic adventure music, with several ear-catching themes and some great monster music (especially "The Sea Monster" and "The Roc"). For the enthusiasm lingering between the lines, simply listening to the opening cues brings a smile to my face.
However, where the album fails is in fleshing all these themes and motifs out. Eris' theme and Sinbad's theme fly by too many times in undisguised vivacity. In addition, there is little difference in tone and ambience overall. What happens is that after the first two tracks, everything you will hear next seems unsurprising. Singular exceptions to this are the Roc's motif and the Sirens' calling. They do their best to kill the beat around the block, but - to me at least - they are tracks to return to rather than links in a chain. I'm not sure if that is what they are supposed to be, but I can guess.
To me - even though I return to the album many times for its feel-good undertone - "Sinbad" spells 'beginning composer' all over it. I don't like to say such things, but as the case stands, less minutes of music would have made a better listening experience.
All the same, it's worthy of your collection but not worthy to the talents of Harry Gregson-Williams, who will bloom and produce much better music if he stays off the beaten tracks.
This one gets three stars.