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Xena: Warrior Princess - Original Television Soundtrack, Volume Two
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
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A superb expansion of Xena's musical world
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 02/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Xena: Warrior Princess--Volume 2" is an excellent follow up to the first CD of music from the popular television series. Composer Joseph LoDuca has produced music which maintains the distinctive style he established for the series: exotic, tribal, female-powered music with a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean flavor. But on this CD LoDuca widens his musical range, even including some delightful comic material.The CD begins with the familiar (but still thrilling!) main title music, and moves on to a marvelous selection of new pieces. Highlights include the haunting, melancholy "At Mother's Tomb"; "Sword Play," with its excellent percussion effects; and "Homeland," which makes great use of female vocals (both solo and group).Some of the more colorful tracks include "Stowaway," which incorporates Celtic-sounding elements; "Solstice Night," a lullaby-like song which employs a children's chorus to impressive effect; and "More Fun and Games/Feather Fight," which includes musical parodies of both Italian western movie music and a popular Christmas carol. And of course, there is the delightful "Ballad of Joxer the Mighty," a parodic gem with a Monty Pythonesque flavor. Sample lyrics to "Joxer": "Joxer the mighty, he's very tidy / Everyone admires him; he's so handsome it's a sin."This CD demonstrates that Joseph LoDuca is one of television's most innovative and talented composers. Diverse and rewarding, "Xena--Volume 2" is an essential disc for those interested in the art of fantasy/adventure music."
LoDuca...keep 'em comin.
Christopher Huston | Austin, TX | 06/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though not as wall to wall brilliant as the first compilation, this one has some music not to be missed! For one, track #2. Such sadness and beauty, melancholy and comfort. I can't hear this track enough! Then on to track 3! LoDuca storms the heavens with his choral comps and arrangements with the orchestra! Track 4! This man reminds me so much of Williams. This track evokes memories of the second Indy movie (Temple of Doom). Relentless, serious horns and the insistent ride cymabal.There really is so much genius in this edition as well. Oddly, the only one I didn't really care for is the most popular cut: Joxer's song. Don't get me wrong, it's enjoyable, but it doesn't have the power and beauty of many of the other cuts on the album that I like to listen to. As a composer, Joxer's ballad isn't his magnum opus obviously, but it's a fun one. Xenites should enjoy it.But, my God, man! Some one in Hollywood start using this man in movies! With so many potential heir apparents to Williams, this man is not even mentioned? Travesty.Okay, one more track I have to mention. #7. The man can use percussion like I've only heard Williams and McNeely. Probably better. And track 11. A rousing use of meter change and bagpipes and -- of course -- percussion.For the love of God: GET THE CD!"
Beach girl | Lusby, MD USA | 11/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mr. LoDuca has done an excellent job with this CD for Xena fans alike to enjoy. I have Xena Volume 6 and that is all I ever listen to now, but now I can listen to a different variety. Every single song from Main Title to Imposter is just great and done exquisetly. It has a fantastic variety from Season 2 and I especially like Caipoera Fight because it reminds me of the episode Destiny and when Xena and Velasca fight on the ropes for the Ambrosia. I would recommend this to anybody even if they don't like the television show they would definetly like this CD. I would also recommend this to any die hard Xena fan as well."