Captures the Times
Alamo_guy | 10/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This soundtrack is a very good integration of director Eastwood's music with traditional patriotic music and music of the WWII era. Overall, this soundtrack captures the time and place and the lives affected by events. As a soundtrack album of the film, this CD works effectively.
Simple melody for a moving movie
jto | Long Island, NY | 10/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Clint Eastwood's score for "Flags Of Our Fathers" is sparse like his "Million Dollar Baby" theme, but this does not mean it isn't strong. Like the haunting flashbacks for the war heroes of the movie, the orchestral score floats in and out like a dream, ebbing and flowing with the viewer's emotions. Almost half the tracks feature Eastwood's score while the others are strong period pieces supporting the war aspect of the movie ("The Thunderer" John Philip Sousa) and the politics ("Any Bonds Today?" Irving Berlin). All in all, this movie is a superb big screen watch and the soundtrack is a slice of history supported by a lingering melody that will keep you listening for more.
Better as Background Music
Buster49 | Utica, NY | 11/21/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While this is an interesting mix, it works better as part of the film experience. To listen to the music, without the film accompanying, causes it to lose much of the impact. One thing film makers almost never get right is the spirit of the vocals in movies about the 1930s and 1940s. The female trio, in the war bond drive scenes, sounds like a contemporary imitation of the vocalists from that era. They don't sound authentic and I have heard many vocalists (solo or mixed voices) from the 1930s and 1940s on compact disc. This happens with orchestras attempting to recreate that era even when playing those arrangements. One orchestra that gets it absolutely right is the Dutch orchestra The Beau Hunks. So it can be done. Check them out on Amazon."