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Album Review

Composer Atli Örvarsson says the key words in his conversations with Kevin Macdonald, the director of The Eagle, were "handmade and authentic." The film, based on the historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth, is set in second-century Britain, and in order to be handmade and authentic, Örvarsson employed period instruments and some traditional themes. In particular, he used a lot of Celtic music, played on Uilleann pipes, and lots of tribal drumming. But that is not to say that he stuck to this sort of thing. Rather, the period material acts as a flavoring to what is really largely an orchestral score. But it does give an individual feel to what otherwise might be generic. Örvarsson certainly has no trouble following the adventurous turns of the epic's plot, but the Celtic music brings things down to earth in a satisfying way.

Customer Reviews

Familiar, yet Original, while still Excellent

Ringing with the heart of James Horner's "Braveheart" and the flair of Marc Streitenfeld's 2010 "Robin Hood", "The Eagle" earns at least the 48ish minutes it takes to play the album. Without a doubt, the top track on here would be "The Return of the Eagle", with enough strings and pipes to take anyone away from the pattern's of life and to somewhere not found everyday. At least for about three minutes. "I Will Return" is, in a way, a more somber yet arousing take on "Return" that is just as worth of your time."Testudo" gives an entirely different taste with a perfectly eerie and mysterious feel at the beginning, while later coming into an epic crescendo with unabashed string leading the charge. In short, this album keeps the deep roots of Celtic music alive and strong through out most of the album, while still bringing in it's own appealing and brilliant style.


movie excellent
soundtrack excellent (and you do not have to buy the whole thing)

Awesome movie about Rome

The movie is one of the super bad movies about the roman empire. The soundtrack combined Woman music and Celtic music. I liked how the picts looked like Zulus/Voddos. Over all it was a great movie about one Woman and a slave to get the Romans Aquila to store his family's Reputation.

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