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When the credits roll on a wickedly smart action movie and the first thing on our minds is “Where can I get the soundtrack to this?" you can bet the film was scored by Hans Zimmer. His hypnotic, circling, four-chord groups build into whirlwinds of intensity on the eerie "Radical Notion" and the hyperkinetic "Mombasa". Listen for appearances by Smiths vet Johnny Marr, as his guitar cuts a viscerally emotive streak through the symphonic epic "Time".

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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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