Inception review by Original Soundtrack

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  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (7 votes)
Original Soundtrack: Inception
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Sound — 10
Suspense and intrigue are doled out in large quantities throughout Leonardo di Caprio's new movie Inception and the same can be said for the movie's soundtrack. Produced by Hans Zimmer in collaboration with Lorne Balfe, Christopher Nolan, and Alex Gibson, and featuring guitarist Johnny Marr of Modest Mouse, The The, and The Smiths fame on eight of the twelve tracks. The music has all of the traits inherent in suspense thrillers like foreboding strings, creepy sound effects, dark Gothic impressions, voluminous vibrating flurries from the horn section, steep punctuations in the drum clefts, and intensely brooding spins coming from the guitar riffs. Zimmer has an instinct for inducing natural changes along the melodic progressions and metamorphosising a calm current into an avalanche of torrents that resonate like a raging typhoon in your ears. The music is gripping and sonically enlarged showing a similar vibe to the music of Liam Neeson's film Taken and Ewan MacGregor's Deception. The soundtrack literally documents the movie starting with the roiling projectiles and eerie Gothic arches of Half Remembered Dream to the dark, emulsifying tones of Time. The soundtrack goes through a gauntlet of scenes intensifying the emotions of the actors and drawing the listener deeper into the action. The intense crescendos and receding tides of Radical Notion are intricately structured, and the willowy strings and gentleness of horns along Old Souls project a pensive brooding. The towering climax in 528491 erupts into pixilated splinters that scatter like crushed crystals, and the heavy mood of Dream Within A Dream is accentuated by soaring strings and entwining guitar strands. Zimmer stays true to the dream theme of the movie, only these dreams are more like nightmares and not of the vampire variety but ones that feed people's fears and their deadliest thoughts.

Lyrics — 8
The tracks are mainly instrumentals with the exception of Waiting For A Train which has a woman singing in the background in French. Zimmer lets the music tell the tale putting subliminal messages into the listener's mind and creating a maudlin mood. For purposes of UG's rating system, I have a rated the lyrics based on how well the music can be deciphered into words.

Overall Impression — 10
The tracks are a personal preference. Some fans may like the funeral calmness of Paradox and others may prefer the rapid ticking and techno-embossed whipping of Mombasa. The important factor is that the soundtrack matches the movie's storyboard, so when you listen to it, you can recount the scenes and picture the action. It seemed vital to Zimmer that he makes listeners feel like they are in the middle of the action, and he does this very successfully.

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    EpiExplorer
    Apart from this being Ultimate-GUITAR not Ultimate SYMPHONY, theres also this:
    For purposes of UGs rating system, I have a rated the lyrics based on how well the music can be deciphered into words
    Imagine that in the hands of Wierd Al. The only guitar 'riffs' I heard out of 5 songs were some Korn-esque effect noises. That said though, some good but same-sounding score music for the right film.
    Anthony1991
    EpiExplorer wrote: Apart from this being Ultimate-GUITAR not Ultimate SYMPHONY, theres also this: For purposes of UGs rating system, I have a rated the lyrics based on how well the music can be deciphered into words Imagine that in the hands of Wierd Al. The only guitar 'riffs' I heard out of 5 songs were some Korn-esque effect noises. That said though, some good but same-sounding score music for the right film.
    Epi - what's wrong with you? I've busted your chops before and i'll do it again. It's an album - i dare you to type daft punk in reviews. And it even has a guitarist featured in it. Ultimate-symphony? I wish - it'd be better than the stereotypical metal head *jock* that's buzzing around 24/7.
    deadmansharvest
    It's music isn't it? Hans Zimmer is an amazing composer...I would like to see EpiExplorer write an eighth of the shit that Zimmer writes in a single day. Everyone should pay attention to orchestrated works. They are the backbone of contemporary music in all genres. Be it metal, rock, pop, jazz, or ****ing polka! There would be no UG without classical music...the same as there would be no light without darkness. You should really broaden your horizons EpiExplorer. I would much rather hear about albums like this on UG than to hear what kind of shit Ozzy has been talking lately...or how cool the latest emo record is. Ah, Christ on a Cracker...sorry for babbling.
    Wesserz
    deadmansharvest wrote: It's music isn't it? Hans Zimmer is an amazing composer...I would like to see EpiExplorer write an eighth of the shit that Zimmer writes in a single day. Everyone should pay attention to orchestrated works. They are the backbone of contemporary music in all genres. Be it metal, rock, pop, jazz, or ****ing polka! There would be no UG without classical music...the same as there would be no light without darkness. You should really broaden your horizons EpiExplorer. I would much rather hear about albums like this on UG than to hear what kind of shit Ozzy has been talking lately...or how cool the latest emo record is. Ah, Christ on a Cracker...sorry for babbling.
    Babbling you are not! Agree with you, I do.
    Vinushka
    Calm down folks, this is just what EpiExplorer does. He's like the old guy who sits on a bench shouting at pigeons; a little distracting perhaps, but just part of the scenery.
    Echoplex
    Vinushka wrote: Calm down folks, this is just what EpiExplorer does. He's like the old guy who sits on a bench shouting at pigeons; a little distracting perhaps, but just part of the scenery.
    And he's always one of the first to comment on articles.
    EpiExplorer
    Echoplex wrote: Vinushka wrote: Calm down folks, this is just what EpiExplorer does. He's like the old guy who sits on a bench shouting at pigeons; a little distracting perhaps, but just part of the scenery. And he's always one of the first to comment on articles.
    Actually I missed this weeks cuz of work. BUT NOT TODAY 8D
    krvolok
    The only sound tracks I ever truly liked were form those Romero/Carpenter movies.This one...it suits the movie.
    test1cles
    Echoplex wrote: Vinushka wrote: Calm down folks, this is just what EpiExplorer does. He's like the old guy who sits on a bench shouting at pigeons; a little distracting perhaps, but just part of the scenery.And he's always one of the first to comment on articles.
    And one of the first to be a total douche.
    EpiExplorer
    test1cles wrote: Echoplex wrote: Vinushka wrote: Calm down folks, this is just what EpiExplorer does. He's like the old guy who sits on a bench shouting at pigeons; a little distracting perhaps, but just part of the scenery.And he's always one of the first to comment on articles. And one of the first to be a total douche.
    Thats entirely debatable. Usually people overlook it for someone going ''DIS BANDS LKE, SO GOOD111!!!'' and take a pint of piss or two. Whats funny about all this is that I'm discussing my own popularity. I'd say its a marmite thing with most of the things I post.
    matt360
    are there songs within songs within songs within songs within songs?
    Yoyo Of Death
    test1cles wrote: Echoplex wrote: Vinushka wrote: Calm down folks, this is just what EpiExplorer does. He's like the old guy who sits on a bench shouting at pigeons; a little distracting perhaps, but just part of the scenery.And he's always one of the first to comment on articles. And one of the first to be a total douche.
    ^+ over 9000!!!!!