Motion Picture Soundtrack
label: uni / decca
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
with composer Hans Zimmer on films including Gladiator
and Hannibal, and seeing the success both enjoyed at the
box office, it only made sense for director Ridley Scott to employ
Zimmer's services on his latest film, Black Hawk Down.
Based on true events, the film is the 1993 account of a group
of U.S. soldiers sent into Mogadishu, Somalia as part of a peacekeeping
operation only to be stranded and left fighting for their lives
while they wait a grueling 18 hours for rescue.
focus is on the rugged and dangerous reality of war, and the inevitable
clashing of cultures - which Zimmer's score superbly illustrates.
Relying on a combative approach in the music, the majority of
the album pits eastern and western musical styles against each
other. Using traditional African rhythms and reinterpeting them
with modern technology, Zimmer has recreated a sense of clashing
cultures and unrest - the gritty reality of war. The addition
of vocals from Senegalese artist Baaba Maal on several tracks
also contributes greatly to the cultural sound on the disc.
Black Hawk Down once again enlists the help of previous
Dead Can Dance member, Lisa Gerrard. On "Gortoz a Ran - J'Attends"
Gerrard and Dene Prigent's floating vocals over a musical ambience
create a dreamlike world typical of Gerrard.
of a new version "Minstrel Boy" by Joe Strummer and
the Mescaleros (the original can be found on their Global a
Go-Go album) for the closing credits works surprisingly well,
rather than acting as a tacked-on addition. A perfect song of
brotherhood, it is perhaps the best choice made on this, the year's
most interesting soundtrack to date.
liked Black Hawk Down...
2. Barra Barra
3. Vale of Plenty
6. Mogadishu Blues
9. Of the Earth
10. Ashes To Ashes
11. Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends
12. Tribal War
13. Leave No Man Behind
14. Minstrel Boy
15. Still Reprise