Oftentimes great Hollywood movies are accompanied by peerless music.
Would Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or For a Few Dollars More be the same without Ennio Morricone’s timeless soundtrack.
Now schmuck, don’t you dare go and respond to that by way of a comment because it was a rhetorical question. Not a real question, comprende.
While we’re not as familiar with Hans Zimmer as with Morricone, still Zimmer is not a complete stranger to us.
We’ve enjoyed Zimmer’s work in Sherlock Holmes and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight.
Buried in the dark recesses of the bits and bytes of our iTunes collection on the PC and iPhone are Zimmer’s Aggressive Expansion (Dark Knight) and Discombobulate (Sherlock Holmes). Both are a joy to listen to.
A short while ago we purchased the soundtrack of Christopher Nolan’s new movie Inception (on sale for $9.99 at Border’s).
The Inception CD has 12 tracks:
1. Half Remembered Dream
2. We Built Our Own World
3. Dream Is Collapsing
4. Radical Notion
5. Old Souls
8. One Simple Idea
9. Dream Within A Dream
10. Waiting For A Train
For reasons not completely clear to us, we eschewed the iTunes tracks and purchased a physical CD this time.
Maybe we’re fooling ourselves that the fidelity is superior in a CD compared to iTunes.
We’ve listened to the Inception soundtrack a few times already.
Our initial impression is that while they’re certainly pleasing they’re not extraordinary. Not the stuff of legend.
We can’t visualize this soundtrack withstanding the rigorous test of time.
Among the 12 tracks, our current favorite is Dream is Collapsing. It’s also the one we’ve listened to the most number of times.
The 2.24 minute track starts beguilingly slow, gathers furious strength and verve along the way as if heralding the advent of a momentous event, pauses for just a nanosecond and then resumes its fiery course toward a glorious destination.
Surely the moment when Dream is Collapsing plays out in Inception must be one of the high points of the movie. You just feel it in your bones.
Radical Notion is reminiscent of Aggressive Expansion in Dark Knight. Or is it our Bloody Mary speaking out of turn?
At 7.44 minutes, Old Souls, the second longest track in the album, is a soothing piece suggesting a romantic pause or a nostalgic look-back at halcyon times.
Half Remembered Dream is short (1.12-minute) but covers considerable territory, starting slow, quickly getting muscular, then ebbs and again crests as if for one final gasp before giving up the ghost.
Desperate to hammer home its non-pussy credentials, Mombasa roars and comes charging out the gate from the get-go and maintains the racy tempo for the most part.
The oddly-named 52841 was alright but nothing spectacular.
One Simple Idea didn’t set a fire between our legs. Neither did Paradox.
The longest track, Waiting for a Train (9.30 minutes) was also the least endearing, slow until the last minute or so and seemingly going on forever.
Dream within a Dream is another longish track (5.04 minutes) with a slightly ominous sound, twice almost coming to a still as if to catch its breath before rising to a fury in the last few seconds.
Punctuated by thumping knocks, We Built Our Own World has a menacing, eerie and ultimately pleasing tone.
A seemingly multi-layered composition, Time trots along at a steady gait until it slows down in the last 60-seconds as if the reins are yanked back in preparation for the carriage to slowly come to a halt.
One caveat: The Inception sound track is not the kinda music that plays out well over the tinny speakers of a PC or laptop.