Title - 'Exodus: Gods & Kings' (Sony Classical)
Artist - Alberto Iglesias
Spain's most acclaimed composer, Alberto Iglesias has a solid classical training that includes piano, guitar and composition as well as electronic music studies. His considerable experience in film composition began in 1980 and he has yet to take a break.
Indeed, he has written the music for many Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar ("All About My Mother," "Talk to Her," "Volver") and Julio Medem ("Vacas," "Los amantes del Circulo Polar," "Sex and Lucia"). Iglesias has been nominated for three Academy Awards® for his work in the films "The Constant Gardener," "The Kite Runner" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's "Che," Hossein Amini's "The Two Faces of January," (just now out on DVD), and this incredible, ball-busting, triumphant Exodus: Gods & Kings.
Containing an impressive, if not slightly overlong 32 tracks, including the album ending whopper 'The Ten Commandments,' Exodus: Gods & Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3D immersion, Academy Award®-nominated director Ridley Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Starring Academy Award® winners Christian Bale and Ben Kingsley along with Emmy® winner Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), Academy Award®-nominee Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton ("The Great Gatsby"), "Exodus: Gods and Kings" opened in theaters nationwide this past December 12th, 2014.
In closing, yes, Exodus is in no way a bad score. This is a fantastically robust and lush score that relishes in its biblical epic genre of music. However, after powering through the mammoth amount of music, one can’t help feel a bit of emotional disconnect. The music is beautiful to listen to and at times is gorgeous, but I found a hard time latching onto any emotional arcs. Everything here seems built to embellish and match the bombastic visuals. That said, and trying to play Devil's Advocate here, Exodus is definitely an epic movie combined with an epic score - and one without the other just wouldn't work.
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