Soundtrack Review: The Prophet

Soundtrack Review: The Prophet

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

At a glance:

Geek Score: 92.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 28
Album Excellence: 73.8%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

The Prophet AKA Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a 2014 animated film directed by Roger Allers and starring Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek and Frank Langella. It is adapted from Khalil Gibran’s book The Prophet. Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa’s words will incite rebellion. The score is composed by Gabriel Yared.

I love animated films! Never heard of this one (or the book), but it has an impressive voice cast, so I’ll definitely have to put this one on the list. Yared doesn’t do many animated films but I know of a few in the past so it’s not completely unknown territory for him. I’m just curious if we can get back some of the excitement that his rejected score for Troy. Now that would be something! Well, I won’t put my expectations too high because that might end in a world of hurt, but I can’t help looking forward to this score. Yared opens with ‘The Prophet’ a classical sounding piece, like a symphony. It’s really nice and very impressive. The quality of the sound and instruments are great as well as the choir. It hits all the right notes with me. A romantic and beautiful opening cue. Well I guess my expectations won’t be any less after that start. The next one ‘On Eating & Drinking’ isn’t following the same pattern. It is more rhythmic and playful, one could say it fits well in an animated film because it feels “Animated”. What is clear though is that it’s very good, very enjoyable. It’s a joy to listen to. ‘On Marriage’ has a Spanish flair. Flamenco even, but slower. It’s ethnical style is also highly enjoyable. This is eclipsing my own slightly high expectations and I love that.

Why do I like it so much? It might be many things. One is that it’s the music of a great orchestra. Real instruments! That in itself isn’t enough of course, but the ay the instruments are used and put together appeals to me. The themes and sub-themes, the whole playfulness of the score really gets to me. It’s so refreshing. This is a feel good score for me. I get in a good mood listening to Yared’s beautiful music. It’s not perfect, but it’s more than good enough, and I hope that you’ll come to the same conclusion.

1. The Prophet
3. On Eating & Drinking
4. On Marriage
5. On Work
7. Mischief In The Market
13. Fly Away
14. Uprising In Orphalese
15. On Death
17. Farewell

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: The Prophet, 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating


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