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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 1990s
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Titanic – James Horner (1997)

 


Titanic
Composer: James Horner
It’s one of life’s minor tragedies that the larger Titanic score has been eclipsed in the public consciousness by Celine Dion’s end credits dirge, My Heart Will Go On, which dominated the ’97 charts. But whatever your feelings about the Québécoise crooner, James Horner’s work here should be recognised as one of his best to date. Playing heavily on both the nautical and Gaelic themes (at times feeling like the tail end of a Clannadbender – but, oddly, in a good way), it’s consistently emotive. Motifs pick out the finer notes of the central romance, the ominous finality of the sinking ship and the ethereal mystery of the wreck exploration (beautifully captured by Sissel Kyrkjebø’s haunting vocals). Horner walked away with Oscars for both Original Score and Song (Dion not with standing), entirely justifying his decision to work with Cameron again, despite swearing not to after his painful experience on Aliens.

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21 Yes, but...
These aren't designed as 'Greatest-of' lists or even compendiums of the scores we love the most. Without being all highfaluting, the aim is to try to capture a moment in time - in movies and popular culture - and like them or not, The Bodyguard and Titanic soundtracks were HUGE. They sold more than 70m copies between them, dominated radio playlists and came attached to two huge hits. More

Posted by Phil de Semlyen on Monday May 13, 2013, 13:42

22 What a predictably boring selection for the 90's!
You left out some of the best soundtracks: Léon; The Straight Story; Se7en; The Thin Red Line; Grosse Pointe Blank; Cruel Intensions; Human Traffic; The Virgin Suicides; Kikujiro and instead you include Bodyguard and Titanic!? More

Posted by The_Ravenking on Monday May 13, 2013, 12:20

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