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Soundtrack Giveaway 2011

Ladies and germs, allow me to welcome you to the second annual Soundtrack Giveaway here at the Ink Slinger blog. Be my guest and take a seat – we’re about to begin.

If you participated last year, you know what’s going on. You probably also noticed that I’m hosting this giveaway at a rather later date than last year. The reason is fairly simple: I wanted to sample all of the soundtracks released in 2011, including the ones released closer to the new year. I’m glad I made this decision, because otherwise, I would’ve missed out big time.

If you’re new to this giveaway – and most of my readers are – you are likely wondering what the heck is going on. “A soundtrack giveaway? What is that?” Easy – it’s just like any other giveaway. Only, instead of getting a quilt, a CD, or a book, the winner receives a soundtrack.

“Alrighty,” you say. “Makes sense. But why soundtracks? I don’t see any other bloggers giving away soundtracks.” I don’t either. That’s the point. Since nobody else I know of is doing it, I’ll do it.

Of course, there are those who will inevitably respond, “But what if I don’t listen to soundtracks, or enjoy them?” Well, in that case, I’d have to say – with all kindness – that it’s your loss.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on…

2011 has been a great year for film scores, so it’s rather difficult for me to select just two for this giveaway. Nevertheless, here you are: the soundtracks I’ll be featuring this year are Hans Zimmer’s score for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alan Silvestri’s score for Captain America: The First Avenger.

Leave a comment if you would like your name to be entered in the drawing. To increase your chances, share this giveaway on your blog (or link to it via social networking), and let me know you have done so. I’ll enter your name for each “share”. The giveaway will close at 12pm MT on Friday, December 30th. Aftwards, a name will be drawn and the winner will recieve his/her choice of the soundtracks featured (on MP3).

Now… get going.

Soundtrack Review: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 57 min.
Released: 2011

 

 

In 2009, Hans Zimmer blew listeners away with his musical contribution to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Fresh, exciting, and genuinely inventive, it remains one of his best scores to date. Now, two years later, Ritchie has released a sequel, and it should come as no surprise that Zimmer has written the music for it. What does come as a surprise is the quality of that music: not only does it match the brilliant innovation of the first score, it exceeds it. But of course, this is Hans Zimmer we’re talking about – one of the greatest film composers of all time. It seems that, like a fine wine, he keeps getting better with age.

Matching the style of the film, Zimmer’s score is by turns subtle, mysterious, thrilling, and even humorous. I See Everything opens the album on an eerie note, and is followed shortly by the grand and exciting Tick Tock. Smile-inducing comedy features prominently in It’s So Overt It’s Covert and the aggressively playful Romanian Wind. The tone of the score changes suddenly with To The Opera!, a magnificent piece marked by a stunning array of strings, brass, percussion, and operatic vocals. The relentless pace of The Red Book makes it a ridiculously fun cue to listen to, while The End? treats the listener to a fabulous reworking of the iconic Sherlock theme established by Zimmer in the first score.

Buy the MP3 album on iTunes or Amazon.com.