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Composer: James Horner
Release Date: December 8, 2009



''You Don't Dream In Cryo. ....'' (6:09)
Jake Enters His Avatar World (5:24)
Pure Spirits Of The Forest (8:49)
The Bioluminescence Of The Night (3:37)
Becoming One Of ''The People'' Becoming One With Neytiri (7:43)
Climbing Up Iknimaya - The Path To Heaven'' (3:18)
Jake's First Flight (4:50)
Scorched Earth (3:32)
Quaritch (5:01)
The Destruction Of Hometree (6:47)
Shutting Down Grace's Lab (2:47)
Gathering All The Na'vi Clans For Battle (5:14)
War (11:21)
No Sound But The Wind - Editors (3:48)
I See You [Theme From Avatar] - Leona Lewis (4:20)


If you allow this reviewer to reminisce, there was a certain blockbuster of a movie directed by a certain James Cameron 12 years ago. The movie, about a certain sinking ship, had millions of people worldwide crooning to the tune of “My Heart Will Go On” from the soundtrack album. The phenomenal success had millions of people worldwide desiring to own a copy of the disc containing music composed by James Horner. Yes, this reviewer was one of those millions of people who made the soundtrack album one of the best selling CDs during that era.

Fast forward 12 years, and director Cameron is back with his latest dramatic feature film since Titanic. And returning to the composer seat is Horner. Will this CD be another phenomenal success? Will millions of people throng down music stores to grab copies of the CD for themselves (and their loved ones)?

We’d think not. But that shouldn’t deter you from popping this disc into your player, because like the movie, the music score on this album is one mind blowing experience.

The audio adventure begins with “You Don’t Dream in Cryo”, a mysteriously haunting piece that draws you into the spiritual world that is envisioned by the filmmakers. When we reach the second half of “Jake Enters His Avatar World”, hints of the ethnic inspired sounds are introduced. “Pure Spirits of the Forest” is a lyrically beautiful (as the title suggests) cue which reminds us of how pure and grandly stunning the natural world can be. “The Bioluminescence of the Night” introduces some heart achingly strings solo performance that will evoke images of melancholy. The magic continues in “Becoming One of the People”, where a lovely solo voice begins the journey where the hero is integrated into the world of the ingenious people in the movie.  

Oh, and this is where we begin thinking to ourselves: This album does sound like the epically romantic score from 1997’s Titanic.

Horner’s familiar but winning formula is applied to the soaring “Jake’s First Flight”, the action packed “The Destruction of Hometree”, the heartrending “The Shutting Down of Grace’s Lab”, the gradually inspiring “Gathering all the Na'vi Clans for Battle”, before he rounds it all up in the perfect 11 minute cue “War”. The melody from the end credits song “I See you (Theme from Avatar)” performed by Leona Lewis is referenced as the main theme throughout the 79 minute album.

So why won’t millions of people be flocking to snap this soundtrack album? Our guess is, the blue face on the album cover isn’t as attractive and Leo and Kate’s famous embrace on the CD cover 12 years ago.


Recommended Track: : (13) War

Review by John Li

Posted on 1 January 2010

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