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Album Review

When the horror film The Ring, director Gore Verbinski's English-language remake of the Japanese movie Ringu, was released in October 2002, it was not thought to rate a soundtrack album. But $250 million in worldwide grosses later, that must have seemed like a mistaken decision, so DreamWorks Pictures and Decca Records made up for it with the appearance in March 2005 of this soundtrack album, which mixes music from both The Ring and The Ring Two (the latter film based on Ringu 2 and directed by Hideo Nakata, who directed both Ringu and Ringu 2, in his American debut). Hans Zimmer, who since 1994 has been one of the busiest film composers in the business, sometimes having as many as four movies in release in a year, is solely credited for the music of both films in those small-print credit lists printed in the paper and displayed in television commercials. But the album also lists two other musicians in equal-size typeface on the cover, Henning Lohner and Martin Tillman. Both have worked with Zimmer before, Lohner as an arranger and Tillman as a cellist. Inside the CD booklet, there are credits for "additional music" to James Dooley and Trevor Morris. All of this may suggest that, at least when it comes to the soundtrack album, Zimmer is willing to acknowledge that others make important creative contributions to his scores. Listening to the album, it seems appropriate that an arranger and a cellist get equal billing, if only because the arrangements seem to have a lot to do with the scoring, in terms of the expected moods of dread and suspense the music provokes and underlines, and because there's an awful lot of work for cello, as the lower strings carry much of the sound, sawing away in quick rhythmic patterns at what must be the most frightening moments onscreen. Appropriate to the horror film genre, the music is either very soft and slow, with minor-key, single-note piano melodies backed by sustained violin passages, or very loud and rhythmic, building up to thundering climaxes. The instrumentation changes radically at the ninth track, "She Never Sleeps," however, and the remaining four tracks all largely abandon orchestral instrumentation in favor of synthesizers and programming, some of it with a distinctly rock feel. Unlike the videotape that is supposed to kill its viewers in the films, the disc probably won't harm listeners, but they are liable to feel uneasy, and that of course is precisely the idea.

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This is going to hurt

This review is only about this song. well i just bought it and i listened to it over and over and i figured something out! This music piece describes Samara's life and the last 7 days of the person that watches the tape! For Samara's life:the song starts out really peaceful and quiet, this is before Samara got adopted by the Morgans. Then that creepy and screechy violin part comes on and im guessing this is when the morgans leave to go adopt Samara and when they are actually adopting her. Then the music stops. It sounds like something bad is happening. Im guessing this is when samara starts going evil, horses start going crazy, Anna Morgan starts hallucinating, and Samara is taken to a Psychiatric Hospital. Then the music speeds up even more! This is when Anna decides to kill Samara, Samara is thrown down a well. Then the music comes to an end suddenly. This is the end of Samara's life and when Anna kills herself. For the viewer's 7 days: The slow and peaceful beginning of the song is before the person watches the tape. Their life is going great. Then the music comes to a stop. This is when they get the call from Samara and they know that they only have 7 days to live. Then the music speeds up and this is when the person starts getting visions, they get that nosebleed, they get that handprint on their wrist, etc. Then when the music goes extremely fast at the end this is when Samara comes for them. When the music suddenly stops, this is when the viewer dies. Note that after the first music stop, in the background u can hear a clock ticking. This is the 7 days that the viewer has left to live.


I've come to notice that if a song has a 10 minute or longer running time, you can not purchase that individual song, you must purchase the album it is featured on in its entirety. But, some songs that have a 10 minute or longer running time are just about the only songs on the album worth giving my ears the pleasure of listening to, such as in this case with "The Well". Great creepy tune to listen to on a rainy day, BUT I can not listen to it without paying the full price of the album. May I suggest that you maybe increase the price of those individual songs, so everyone still has an oppertunity to purchase them individually, but still has to pay a little over the $.99 mark? Just a thought.

Would be four or five stars...

...if iTunes didn't restrict the best songs from individual purchase. It's time to revise that policy, guys. Make them 2 or 3 bucks if they're extra long. I understand you want people to buy the entire album, but come on. Terrific, creepy soundtrack, though.


Born: September 12, 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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The Ring / The Ring 2 (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture), Hans Zimmer
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Classical
  • Released: Jan 01, 2005

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