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Tears Of The Sun
Hans Zimmer
Tears Of The Sun
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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If the basic thematic elements of this Bruce Willis star vehicle--American military unit gets cut off behind enemy lines in a guerilla-besieged African backwater--have parallels with Ridley Scott's fierce, unrelenting Blac...  more »


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All Artists: Hans Zimmer
Title: Tears Of The Sun
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 3/7/2003
Re-Release Date: 3/18/2003
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 030206645729, 4005939645724

If the basic thematic elements of this Bruce Willis star vehicle--American military unit gets cut off behind enemy lines in a guerilla-besieged African backwater--have parallels with Ridley Scott's fierce, unrelenting Black Hawk Down, composer Hans Zimmer (who scored both films) has conjured an entirely different musical soul for this adventure. Where his Black Hawk score turned on a gritty, often violent clash of musical cultures, his work here is richly introspective and tinged with a mature sense of melancholy. African rhythms and melodic elements bubble to the surface throughout, but in subtly powerful ways that often recall the best of Peter Gabriel's world music ventures. Zimmer has again impressively expanded his repertory company approach to scoring as well, with veteran collaborators Lisa Gerrard and Heitor Pereira joined here by Steve Jablonsky, Andreas Vollenweider and Lebo M. (who's written and performed the score's passages of African poetry). The result is a moody, evocative score whose quiet grace recalls the composer's masterful work for The Thin Red Line; another satisfying tribute to the power of musical understatement. --Jerry McCulley

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"African Chants with high action cues ~ Zimmer"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 04/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Director Antoine Fuqua brings to the screen "Tears of the Sun", a film similar to "Behind Enemy Lines", "Black Hawk Down" and "Bat 21" all winners, but the difference is Bruce Willis, Tom Skerritt and Monica Bellucci a very strong cast for this action thriller. Now enters Hans Zimmer, the directors choice for composer ~ who once again takes us on a classic musical journey ~ this time into African rhythms, beautiful solos and choral arrangements. Varese Records along with behind the scenes music-people like Steve Jablonsky, Lisa Gerrard, Heitor Pereira, Lebo M., Andreas Vollenweider and Jim Dooley send chills down our spins with this (should be) award winning score album.A couple of stand outs ~ "YEKELENI PART 1/"MIA'S LULLABYE", this theme could make time stand still, it's that beautiful ~ "THE JOURNEY/KOPANO PART III", the final track has the "Zimmer Signature" all the stops are pulled out with brilliant orchestration, outstanding arrangement and total blow your mind performance ~ gotta love it!This CD can stand own its own for listen ability ~ musical style of "Lion King", "Thin Red Line", "Gladiator", "Black Hawk Down" and "Power of One" if you enjoyed any of the mentioned, this score's for you and did I mention this is a keeper.Total Time: 46:38 on 10 Tracks ~ Varese Records 302-066-457-2 ~ (3/18/2003)"
A Moving Soundtrack
Brian | Florida | 08/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hans Zimmer has been one of my personal favorites for a long time. He seems to have a nack for the action sequences of movies, definitely noticable in The Rock.

The Tears of the Sun soundtrack has an African theme to it, which i tend to like. However, Track 9: The Jablonsky Variation is perhaps the best track on the cd. As with most soundtracks you can watch the movie in your head, even if you haven't seen the movie. That is espicially possible with this track. You can feel the despair and time running out and then at the end of the song (the napalm from the f-18 jets) you feel deeply saddened. The emotion to this song is incredible. I highly recommend this soundtrack to those who enjoy Hans Zimmer's work."
Zimmer and Co. Back in Africa
G M. Stathis | cedar city, utah USA | 03/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Much like Hans Zimmer's music for "Galdiator" his score for "Tears of the Sun" could be described as "soundtrack by committee." This is not to suggest that it does not work for the film, or as a soundtrack recording. Indeed, it is both effective and enjoyable on both counts. Credit must be given to Steve Jablonsky, Lebo M., Lisa Gerrard, Heitor Pereira and Andreas Vollenweider as well, however. That said the musical score is amazingly cohesive. The unifying thread is the vocals of Lebo M. This is a somber and often reflective score to an equally serious film. Both the plight of Africa and the frustration of the West are clearly portrayed on the screen and in this music. At times the music is a desperate, wrenching plea for sanity. Zimmer and Lebo were part of a very successful colaboration with "The Lion King," and this effort is at times a reminder of that great achievement. The emotional climax of the film, and the score, does have an unmistakable "Lion King" moment (only the rock is missing). Nicely produced and packaged by Varese."