Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (soundtrack)
An album by Original Soundtrack/John Williams (Film Composer)
Original score composed by John Williams. Audio Mixer: Shawn Murphy. Liner Note Author: George Lucas. Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England. You've got to love any album containing a composition entitled "Love Theme … see full wiki
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My cable is out. So what better to do than another review!
Once again (as many times before) John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra (and London Voices) have joined forces (no pun intended) to make yet another grand soundtrack for yet another Star Wars movie. That is correct; John Williams has produced the soundtracks to all the Star Wars films to date. Any why not? It makes perfect sense. He might as well go the distance with Lucas. Dont know John Williams or any of his work? Take a look at these: Jurassic Park, Hook, Superman, The Patriot, and all three Indiana Jones and Harry Potter movies. Impressed yet? Come on, lets take a audio tour of the second movie, Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones.
Ive decided that times are a must here, considering some of these are quite long. Usually I dont add times if things are typical song length (3-4, maybe 5 minutes). Its interesting how there arent as many tracks on this CD as others, but then again there are 4 songs that combine together. Some are easy to tell where the break is (music will have an obvious change of some kind) and that will be noted. Otherwise its safe to assume I couldnt tell where that break was and am just going with it.
1.) Star Wars Main Title and Ambush on Coruscant 3:46 The main title should be a given. If you still have no idea what it sounds like, well first of all Im wondering how you got interested in this CD, and secondly Im sure you could easily find it somewhere to listen to. As per usual, the titles lead into the next musical piece, which always goes with what is happening in the first bit of the movie. The plan is to land with Senator Amidala safely on Coruscant. BoOM! OMG! Not so much. Theres actually no sudden surprises in this song at all its pretty quiet, which is sort of surprising in itself.
2.) Love Theme from Attack of the Clones 5:33 Did he really have to say where the love theme was from? Maybe some people cant figure it out for themselves. Anyway, this is what youre going to hear played in some shape or form whenever Anakin and Amidala are on the screen. Its very lovely, some think its cheesy, but Im a girl so Im allowed to be more romantic (hahaha). Its a great mix of strings, a few flutes, and a harp, forming a loving, yet sad tale of two people who have to overcome a whole slew of difficulties to see their love realized. There are even a few hints at Duel of the Fates, a song from the first movie, in here.
3.) Zam the Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant 11:07 I must first say the use of the electric guitar in here was great. But that doesnt come in yet. The track starts of relatively silent sneaky even. A little creepy whatever an assassin has to do, right? But once Obi-Wan and Anakin get after Zam, matters get moving pretty quickly. Horns and woodwinds link together, strings not much of an issue here, creating a great sweeping chase scene and theres the guitar. An interesting feel, especially if youve seen the movie and this part. Things take a sudden drop off into nothing more than what I believe to have read as African drums, but pick up again in no time. Its a long scene, and therefore a long piece. But thats okay, trust me, it has its uses.
4.) Yoda and the Younglings 3:55 This is a real nice track. Its simple and sweet after all, we are dealing with kids in this scene. Innocence and strength. Kids are so perceptive, my family and I were just talking about that tonight. There is a bit of the love theme in there (for some reason) as well as a bit of the Jedi theme. Its all soft harps, woodwinds, and a couple of strings here (with a couple of gentle horns when necessary). The addition of the chorus is beautiful I think, but I am biased towards choruses. Just think soft light, something mystical, or being in the middle of nowhere and just staring up at the stars
5.) Departing Coruscant 1:44 Quiet a little too quiet (Ninja Turtles anyone?)...no, just kidding. Just a short piece here, nothing major. Just a bit of the Jedi theme again and a little flourish at the end.
6.) Anakin and Padme 3:56 Heres where some of the cutesy, Anakin & Amidala (or Padme, whatever) music comes in. From time to time things get a little darker thats probably when Anakin is fussing about not getting any. Ok, thats not what hes doing but thats the way my dad always makes fun of it. He is whiney though
7.) Jangos Escape 3:48 Since escape is in the title, of course were going to have fast, anxious music here. Much like track 3. Almost too much like track 3 actually minus the guitar thing.
8.) The Meadow Picnic 4:14 Anyone besides me think this part of the movie was hokey? Man, even if I had a hot guy on my arm and I was in a pretty meadow, I still wouldnt be frolicking around like a deer thats high on life. But whatever. I think this is happy-go-lucky, yay! as anything in any Star Wars movie is going to get (thank God). Thats pretty much this track in a nutshell. Of course the love theme is going to come into play too.
9.) Bounty Hunters Pursuit 3:23 Hmm the first minute is a lot like tracks 3 and 7 But hey, go see the movie because this was a really cool scene. =D The rest is fairly quiet so much so that you might have to turn up your speakers, but shhh! Obi-Wan is busy sneakin around The very end you get a tiny taste of the future empires theme, and it leaves you with that.
10.) Return to Tatooine 6:56 Another fairly quiet track. This time Anakin is skipping (ok, he wasnt skipping at all) back home to find his mother. Hey, its music from the first movie! Duel of the Fates! Oh, sorry, havent heard that? I highly suggest it. Very apprehensive with a heavy emphasis on deep chorus. Good stuff. Things end just as quietly as they began.
11.) The Tusken Camp and The Homestead 5:54 Near silence it isnt until the middle Anakin goes into a bit of a frenzy and kills all the sand people he can. But that part isnt very long because its not in the movie. They dont want you seeing all that gore. Heh. The rest is quiet once again only this time a darker form than usual.
12.) Love Pledge and The Arena 8:29 Naturally as the title would lead you to believe, the love theme is going to be involved. It is, and a lot. Cue the drums! Ready for the execution! Ok, so the execution didnt turn out as planned. Instead the rest of the track is mostly drums, brass, a few quick love theme interludes, and then more chase-like paces and instruments. Considering the place this is in the movie, one would think the music would be a bit more exciting, but thats okay, it does get interesting near the end with a desperate version of the Jedi theme.
13.) Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale 10:44 Haha, Dooku. What a name. *ahem* Sorry. The beginning is a whirlwind of strings and voices, leading into the Jedi theme. Then it gets darker, and a little ominous at that with one lone voice singing a looming sort of melody. The confrontation apparently isnt very long, because soon we jump right into the growing theme of the empire, though it isnt as strong as it is in the other movies, but the empire itself is still young, so thats okay. With a swift transition into the love theme, the movie nears its end, immediately switching over into the end credits music (which needs no explanation no, seriously. If you dont know what they sound like, go watch one of the movies like you already should have). The rest is just a recap of the previous tracks above, like most movies do in their credits.
So, is it good? Yes. Is it really 5 stars? No. I think its more like 4.5, but I decided to just round up instead of down. So whats going on?
Why the 4.5: John Williams has talent, no doubt about it, and it shows here. He knows what hes doing. The music goes pretty darn well with the movie (as it should), and to be totally honest, I just really like Williamss work. All these tracks are in relative order so its very easy to go along with them and know whats coming up next.
Why the -0.5: For some reason it just felt as though he didnt seem to utilize the whole orchestra the same way he did for the last one. Listening to it separately from the movie, its almost as though hes missing just that much of a tiny slice of tailoring the music to the places the characters went and what was going on there. For example, in the very first movie when they met Jar Jar, things sounded curious, simple; Jar Jar-ish. Or in the very last movie when the Ewoks got involved. Everything was very, well, Ewok-like. I still think its some of the cutest music Ive ever heard. Here though, sometimes it was as though Williams didnt take things to the limit like he could have. Its really good. But it could have been really awesome.
But 4.5 stars is still good enough to say that you should give it a try. Or just get the Love Theme and go from there. Your money, your eardrums. You decide.
"I see you becoming the greatest of all the Jedi, Anakin. Even more powerful than Master Yoda."