Black Gold Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Black Gold by James Horner.
“This score has a beautiful theme and is strong overall in almost every area”
Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud who previously has worked with composers Philippe Sarde, John Williams and James Horner once again collaborates with James Horner who does the score.
|1. Main Title – a Desert Truce||***|
|2. Horizon to Horizon||****|
|3. The Wonders of Wealth||****|
|4. ”I Have Chosen You”||****|
|5. ”You Were a Prince”||***|
|6. Leaving as an Emissary||*****|
|7. Father and Son||****|
|8. Phantom Army||****|
|9. ”So This Is War”||****|
|10. The Blowing Sands||****|
|11. Fresh Water||*****|
|12. One Brother Lives, One Brother Dies||****|
|13. Battle in the Oil Fields||****|
|14. A Kingdom of Oil||****|
I was sure that this would be released last year but it wasn’t to be so I feel like I’ve been waiting for a very long time. Last time we heard from Horner was with The Karate Kid in 2010, so close to 2 years without Horner feels like a lifetime. I had hoped that the break would make him create another masterpiece.
First let me talk about the main theme. Horner has always excelled at creating themes and these days it’s very hard to come by. When guys like Williams and Horner releases new stuff it feels like you are outside sniffing fresh air and flowers. It’s usually a very beautiful experience. Black Gold is no different. The main theme which is best represented in the cue ‘Leaving as an Emissary’ from 2:10 and also from 3:10. It’s the definition of beauty right there. The strings are perfect and the cue is dreamy. There is a sense of Arabia, without going overboard. Pure Horner magic!
There are quite a few cues with voices as well like ‘Main Title – A Desert Truce’, ‘Father and Son’, ‘So This is War’ and others. Nice touch to an already good album.
This score has a beautiful theme and is strong overall in almost every area. What it lacks is perhaps something “extra”, some flair perhaps? This is very familiar to James Horner fans and no doubt they will be pleased, I was too. I just think that slighly more variation wouldn’t hurt. In any case, Horner is back with another good score. Go get it!
CUE RATING: 80