Soundtrack Review: The Promise

Soundtrack Review: The Promise

The Promise Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Promise by Gabriel Yared.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 34.4
Album Excellence: 100%

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The Promise is a 2016 American historical drama film directed by Terry George and starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon & Christian Bale. Brilliant medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac) meets beautiful dance instructor Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend (Christian Bale), an American photojournalist who’s dedicated to exposing the truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred as they join forces to get themselves and their people to safety. The score is composed by Gabriel Yared.

Hmm, Gabirel Yared and historical war torn love drama doesn’t sound all too bad. He did alright for Troy as I recall, even though it was rejected. Been a while since Troy though and recent scores have been a hit-and-miss for me. Wonder where he is musically in 2016/2017? The score opens with ‘Voyage To Constantinople’ and there’s no other way to describe it than a John Barry-esque love theme which should sound great for anyone who has heard some of Barry’s greatest scores, and add a little Rozsa as well. Yeah, I got chills here, goose bumps. The orchestra probably sounds bigger than it is with the choir, but wow this is terrific. If this is the way Yared sounds in 2016/2017 sign me up immediately. He follows up with ‘Promenade’, although more low key still has the same elements that started the score with a lovely theme to boot. I’m enjoying this.

I feel immense love and also sadness when I listen to the music Yared has created. There is an explosion of emotions, even in the low key cues and those that feed on minimalism. I love them equally as much as I do the more intricate orchestral ones. There’s also plenty for those who enjoy ethnic music, as Yared has played into the Constantinople angle with cues like ‘Exodus’ and particularly ‘Labor Camp’. I have to say this score is about to exceed all my expectations. I knew that Yared had it in him, but like I said before, it’s not always a hit. This is definitely a big hit with me. So if you are looking to find a score that sounds like the scores used to sound like, you can’t go much wrong with Yared’s The Promise which to my account might be one of the best scores he’s ever composed. I’m immensely proud and satisfied having listened to this score in 2017.

1. Voyage To Constantinople *
3. Promenade
4. Ana Invites Michael
5. Exodus
7. Labor Camp
8. Way Home
9. Ana And Michael
10. Confession
11. Leaving Refugee Camp
12. Massacre
13. Going Up The Mountain
14. Ana Comforts Michael
15. Mourning

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: The Promise, 7.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating


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