Pearl Harbor Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Pearl Harbor by Hans Zimmer.
At a glance:
43 minutes of score
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 42.62
Album Excellence: 100%
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Welcome to Hans Zimmer month! Composer Of The Month is a monthly feature where we choose a composer (or composers) and then listen to as much music from those represented as possible during one single month. January 2014 is Hans Zimmer month and he is without a doubt one of the most powerful and influential composers working today. Hate him or love him, Zimmer has changed the film scoring business. My first review this month will be Pearl Harbor, the Michael Bay directed movie from 2001 which is a bit of a mess. It’s a mushy romantic movie wrapped inside some Michael Bay explosions. Still, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it like I do most of Michael Bay movies. There’s a rumor started from “people in the know” that Zimmer didn’t like the film or the way Bay did things and according to some, the score is a mess inside the film as well. Hans Zimmer was the main composers, but Klaus Badelt, Steve Jablonsky, James S. Levine, Geoff Zanelli and Flachra Trench contributed as well.
Pearl Harbor is a bit like Zimmer in John Barry mode. It’s super romantic and the wonderful love theme ‘Tennessee’ is one of Zimmer’s best. If you are looking for Zimmer in a non-bomastic setting, this might be the one for you. The whole score might be a bit all over the place due to many composers and other circumstances, but the 46 minute score is created with care and love and has become a great album to listen on it’s own. If you are here for a romantic mood, then you are in the right place. The already mentioned ‘Tennessee’ and the equally excellent ‘…And Then I Kissed Him’ are great examples of what Hans can achieve that is not action and mayhem. Even cues like ‘Attack’ is kind of beautiful. There’s not an all-out-action moment there even though there is some heavy percussion to put weight on the dramatic. Inside ‘Attack’ is a beautiful horn and choir theme and Zimmer gives it the old ostinato treatment for added excellence.
Now if you go hunting there are literally hours of music to be found that’s left off this score, most noticeably the action music. You get some in ‘War’ which reminds me a bit of Zimmer 90s action mode, but only a little. It’s a powerful track though and goes on my “Best of Hans Zimmer” list along with ‘Heart Of A Volunteer’,. I can probably give you a million reasons to listen to the score, but I’m sure you’ve made your mind up already about this score. I can certainly listen to this music all day long and then some.
4. …And Then I Kissed Him
5. I Will Come Back
7. December 7th
9. Heart Of A Volunteer