Hans Zimmer
The Pacific


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2010 | 48 replies | 11,312 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A score that brings you right into the action.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Band of Brothers - based off the Stephan Ambrose historic biography of the same title - was the most expensive and successful miniseries ever created at the time of its first airing in 2001, costing over $110 million dollars to produce. After just collaborating on Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg (executive producers of the series) realised that they had done something special with Band of Brothers, and that the series should continue on the Americans doing in World War II, and the idea was spawned of re-creating the immense battle that was The Pacific.

Scoring The Pacific was always going to be a major focal point for the series as the score for Band of Brothers was highly emotive and correctly connected to the images that were being seen on the screen. So the choice of composer was always going to be a very important one. So, Hanks and Spielberg enlisted Hans Zimmer, Geoff Zanelly and Blake Neely to score The Pacific, which turned out to be a fantastic decision. The great thing about Zimmer’s composing is the way that he can embody all the emotive sounds and textures of the brass and strings and bring them together to create a very haunting yet triumphed sound with differing timbres. Zimmer and co have created some extremely emotive pieces for The Pacific as the depiction of war can be gradually underestimated in some TV series, yet the melodies and haunting harmonies that are created for the score make the listener feel every heartbeat that the soldiers would have felt.

The opening credits piece, “Honor” is about as grandiose as it gets, and with it being titled “Honor” it would need to be. The solo instrument, being a muted French horn is subtly accompanied by the large build of strings and flourishing brass which gives the listener chills as it interweaves with the woodwind, thus setting us the scene and sound that Zimmer was looking for, a sound that really wouldn’t belong in a battlefield, yet it digs out the emotion of a soldier so well. Another example of this sorrowful sound is “Memories of Home.” Full of sadness, the strings leave large space between slow chord progressions, and a solitary clarinet floats above the ambience with keyboard percussion laying out a mystic phrasing - you can feel the heart wrench in your lounge room. Though much unlike “Memories of Home”, “Iwo Jima” is scored completely different to the ferocious battle that took place there and a much brasher piece of composing. It is written very simply and contains subtle crescendos, which build from nothingness from the lower brass and slightly dissonant in its delivery including hardly any clutter, making it more haunting and disturbing than anything else Zimmer has done.

The Pacific is scarily well scored, containing sections of minimalism, tenacious orchestration, emotive brass and woodwind and clever timbre changes throughout the works. Zimmer and co can certainly score a war time epic as the music they have put to paper can bring a tear to the eye or make the heart race of anyone watching The Pacific, as the lush sounds and spectacular cinematography make you feel a part of the battle, in one of the most special TV series ever created.



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Douglas
April 22nd 2010



9060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's a sad day when the track listing is nearly as long as the review! Ha

TV series has been epic so far (Im ahead of the majority of the Aussie contingent which has only aired 3 episodes) thanks to HBO.com!

Soundtrack is godly

Eclectic
April 22nd 2010



3302 Comments


Good review Doug, pos'd.

Zimmer is such a diverse composer, I love it.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2010



20855 Comments


I'm not watching it... Up against Lost.

MassiveAttack
April 22nd 2010



2688 Comments


You're missing out Davey. Its great and I can't stand Lost =(

Kiran
Emeritus
April 22nd 2010



6000 Comments


such a great show

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

Asiatic667
April 22nd 2010



4647 Comments


Band of Brothers goes to the beach

Douglas
April 22nd 2010



9060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Lost? You're kidding Davey

PuddlesPuddles
April 22nd 2010



4765 Comments


Orchestral hits
DingDing!
DingDingDingDing!
Ding Ding DING ding!

Zimmer is easily identified haha

good review

thebhoy
Emeritus
April 22nd 2010



4459 Comments


Show is painfully average actually.

So is Zimmer

cvlts
April 22nd 2010



8954 Comments


^^

that disturbs me.

Kiran
Emeritus
April 22nd 2010



6000 Comments


Show is painfully average actually.


aw

i'm up to episode 4 i think and i like it


AggravatedYeti
April 22nd 2010



7684 Comments


Lost sucks
Pacific Rules

thecheatisnotdead
April 22nd 2010



695 Comments


I forgot how people can't like both.

thebhoy
Emeritus
April 22nd 2010



4459 Comments


I mean, it's okay, it's just that I don't even care about the characters because the plot is so poorly composed.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2010



10258 Comments


show kicks ass

Digging: The Bilinda Butchers - Heaven

Douglas
April 23rd 2010



9060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hans Zimmer isn't my favourite, yet he is god damn flexible! And yes, show is epic.

qwe3
April 23rd 2010



21353 Comments


haven't seen the show, hans zimmer is meh.

Douglas
April 23rd 2010



9060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Just listen to Honor at least: the opening credits - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrbEmTRhBAI

taylormemer
April 23rd 2010



4913 Comments


Dude. Zimmer isn't the soundtrack's sole composer. Sure, you mention Blake Neely and Geoff Zanelli as collaborators, but obviously you don't have the real copy, or you didn't do your research because you'd find that both Zanelli and Neely contribute to most of the sountrack's music.

Douglas
April 23rd 2010



9060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well there you go! Thanks for that, will make edits in time!



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