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Album Review

Between 1988 and 2010, composer Hanz Zimmer has had a hand in nearly every major action film, whether it’s him behind the keys or one of his numerous, Remote Control Productions (formerly known as Media Ventures) protégés like John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams, or Klaus Badelt. His excellent work on director Christopher Nolan’s 2008 international blockbuster The Dark Knight, was disqualified for Oscar consideration due to too many cooks (composers) in the kitchen, a handicap that doesn’t apply to Nolan’s 2010 follow-up, Inception. Zimmer’s signature move, a four- to eight-chord round that builds from a subtle breeze to an F5 tornado, serves as the foundation for Inception’s dizzying score, and the addition of Smiths/Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr, who appears on eight of the twelve cuts, dutifully expands the layers of Zimmer’s melodies, much like the dream building that occurs onscreen. There are moments that bring to mind Vangelis' moody, jazz-kissed work on Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, but Inception's backbone is pure Zimmer. It’s beautiful and heroic, unhinged and unspeakably melancholy, and the finest and most fully realized soundtrack this prolific composer has crafted to date.

Customer Reviews

Inception - truly gets into your mind!!

After only a few listens, this is fast becoming one of my favourite Zimmer soundtracks. I'm already an avid fan of his; and love in particular his work on the recent Batman movies, as well as old stalwarts such as The Thin Red Line & The Last Samurai etc.

Although I love the above soundtracks, the soundtrack to Inception is easily amongst his best works. It is indeed reminiscent of the recent Batman soundtracks; but only it that it is moody, thoughtful & brooding in the same way that they were. As for motifs and general themes, it stands alone, which is a very welcome thing, as the music here is definitely something you'll find yourself coming back to time & time again.

The moody jazzy references work well also; and the original iTunes review is spot on when it says that there are sections (ref in particular the track "Old Souls") that really remind you of Vangelis' brilliant Blade Runner soundtrack - no bad comparison to have for a 21st century movie that is truly groundbreaking in its own right.

Having seen the movie, I'm fast coming to believe that the combination of Christopher Nolan's filmwork & Hans Zimmer's soundtrack work is a match made in heaven. That said, this soundtrack really does stand on its own two feet. It builds & builds towards a brilliant, thumping and climactic finish that leaves you just wanting to press the rewind button so-to-speak. All in all: a brilliant soundtrack from an old master. 5/5

Hans Z-winner

Awesome album. Not sure why itunes has 27th of February 2001 as the release date though?!


The music unreal


Born: 12 September 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany; after relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership...
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