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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.

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