Saturday, December 12, 2015

SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: Titus by Elliot Goldenthal

Yes, I am a Goldenthal fan. I purchased this soundtrack by word of mouth. I've never seen the film so I didn't know what to expect. Wow, this is one crazy soundtrack ranging from loud choral chants to bombastic chaos to jazz swinging. This album has it all. A few years ago, the soundtrack got notice because of outright plagiarism by Tyler Bate's score to the movie 300.

"Victorious Titus" is an awesome way to open the album. It begins with a loud male chorus chanting away in some language followed by loud, hard-hitting percussion. By the end of the track, the music has accelerated into something "victorious". This is easily one of the best tracks of the album.

"Revenge Wheel" is very dark. It begins with rolling brass grunts followed by loud French horn blasts. Short, dark and enjoyable.

"Tribute & Suffrage" is where we first hear the jazzy tunes. The most "swinging" jazzy tunes are present in "Swing Rave".

"Pickled Heads" is the most violent song of the album. It opens with electronic distortion played under some weird, electronically distorted voices. The track continues as a bit of a hard rock track then becomes jazzy, and then circus like before ending to trombone grunts. This is without a doubt the most diverse track. I always skip this song. 

"Titus Vow" is another one of my favorites. The beginning of the track sounds a lot like his Final Fantasy (hence why I like this one), then the music shifts to a longer version of Demolition Man's "Confronting the Chef". This is a cool, fun, "action" track ending in atmospheric noise with electronic percussion.

"Finale" is my favorite track of the album. After the beating Goldenthal gives us for about an hour, we get 8 minutes to relax as we ascend into the sky-whatever. The track is soft in repeated loops sounding a bit like chimes with other weird combinations, but overall it's "soothing".

This is a great soundtrack. A must own for Goldenthal and non-Goldenthal fans alike.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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