Hans Zimmer – “Inferno”

Album Reviews | Oct 31st, 2016

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Record Label: Sony Music
Genre: Film Score
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Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are back for another Dan Brown adaptation of a Robert Langdon novel, this time it’s Inferno. They skipped over The Lost Symbol, probably because the book isn’t as good. I loved the previous Langdon movies and I absolutely loved Inferno as a novel. I hope this adaptation is just as good, if not better than Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. I know the movie has negative reviews and didn’t do well at the box office but so did the other ones and I enjoyed those. Here’s hoping!

Hans Zimmer is back and it’s always interested to see what kind of score he will do. The overall theme to the series “Chevaliers De Sangreal,” has always been one of my favorite pieces from Zimmer. It just gives me goosebumps. Angels & Demons was slightly different than The Da Vinci Code and now so is Inferno. The score is a bit of combo of Zimmer’s old electronic scores and his more recent noisy stuff. The score starts off with a fast start and picks up even more in “Cerca Trova.” The second track reminds me of The Dark Knight track “Why So Serious.” Zimmer has been incorporating lots of noises, scratches and other non-traditional elements to his scores. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Not sure they work for this score but maybe they will when I see the movie?

As the score moves on, it just gets more and more techno/electronica before it takes a breather with tracks like “Professor” and “Venice.” This is definitely a different sounding Robert Langdon movie score, that’s for sure. Not sure I like it as much as the others. I’m sure it works for the movie with all the chases that are going on. That classic motif we love from the other movies doesn’t really show up until the second to last track “Life Must Have It’s Mysteries.” I can listen to different variations of that piece all the time. Obviously that is the highlight of the score for me. The rest of the score is hit or miss with lots of unnecessary noises that makes me want to cover my ears. Has Hans been listening to My Bloody Valentine a lot lately?

Bottom Line: A tad too electronica for me
Notable Tracks: Cerca Trova, I’m Feeling A Tad Vulnerable, Life Must Have It’s Mysteries
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