Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Kevin Kiner (Soundtrack Review)

Star Wars:  The Clone Wars by Kevin Kiner (Soundtrack Review)

Return of the Clones
Review by Christopher Coleman

It is no secret that George Lucas does what he wants to. Not only that, but he does what he wants HOW he wants. He's got the money and the right to do just that. He has now taken the story out of the rigors of the live-action genre and put it solely in the hands of 3D digital artists. It's easier. It's faster. It's cheaper. Why not? It is a new era for the Star Wars galaxy and along with this change in sub-genre comes a significant musical shift. The musical score is now in the hands of veteran composer KEVIN KINER.

Believe it or not, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS has shifted much further in regards to its music than it has in its visuals. With increasing frequency , the only things on-screen during the prequel trilogy were the starring actors. But now even the "last remnants of that old republic have been swept away." So, Lucas is still infatuated with these wars and the story of Obi Wan and Anakin, but perhaps composer JOHN WILLIAMS has had enough of this galaxy, and so new musical blood was in order. Rather than try to dance the line between stylistic continuity and "rip off" it sounds as though, deep within the halls of LucasFilm/LucasAnimation, after hours of deliberation, the conclusion was reached..."Screw it. Let's just sample a bit of all things Star Wars and hope for the best." The end result is a score from composer Kevin Kiner that hardly had any chance to be appreciated on its own merits. Nevertheless, we have to try.

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