Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Music composed by Kevin Kiner
Label: Sony Classical
Catalog: 88697-35616-2

Year: 2008
Tracks:

1. Star Wars Main Title/A Galaxy Divided (Contains "Star Wars" Theme by John Williams)
2. Admiral Yularen
3. Battle Of Christophsis
4. Meet Ahsoka
5. Obi-Wan To The Rescue
6. Sneaking Under The Shield
7. Jabba's Palace
8. Anakin Vs. Dooku
9. Landing On Teth
10. Destroying The Shield
11. B'omarr Monastery
12. General Loathsom/Battle Strategy
13. The Shield
14. Battle Of Teth
15. Jedi Don't Run!
16. Obi-Wan's Negotiation
17. The Jedi Council
18. General Loathsom/Ahsoka
19. Jabba's Chamber Dance
20. Ziro Surrounded
21. Scaling The Cliff
22. Ziro's Nightclub Band
23. Seedy City Swing
24. Escape From The Monastery
25. Infiltrating Ziro's Lair
26. Courtyard Fight
27. Dunes Of Tatooine
28. Rough Landing
29. Padmé Imprisoned
30. Dooku Speaks With Jabba
31. Fight To The End (Contains "The Force" Theme by John Williams)
32. End Credits (Contains "Star Wars" Theme by John Williams)


Total Time: 67:26
Rating:


Reviewed by
Viviana Ferreira

 

When it comes to Kevin Kiner it is impossible not to associate his name to CSI: Miami, a highly succesfull TV show starring David Caruso, that has as one of the production's highlights its scores. Now comes the time to add a new composer to the Star Wars franchise, in another television show, and Kiner was chosen for the task.

 

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Kiner brings us 32 glorious tracks performed in a terrific and unique way by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The film - sort of pilot for the Cartoon Network's CGI animated series - was released at theaters worldwide and is produced, of course, by George Lucas, and comes like a new approach to the saga, once more in animated form.

 

The score's 32 tracks, contained in a beautifully produced CD by Sony with almost 70 minutes in lenght, are pure mastery, and unsurprisingly, in certain moments, we hear the chords of John Williams' magnificent theme, performed this time in a not so usual way. Don't expect here a performance with the same level of excelency of the London Symphony Orchestra, as well don't expect a typical score from the films, as composed by Williams. But the truth is that the score fits perfectly to the tone of the animated series, and it is very well written.

 

After listen to Kiner's approach for the famous theme of the saga, soon we find ourselves on "Battle of Christophsis" which employs voices blending with each element, with a perceptive and absolute skill that shapes the music into a sovereign and magnetic song. On "Meet Ahsoka" the composer uses the guitar, helping to give to the track (and to the score) a unique flavor that turns it into something different than the film scores. From a certain moment of the track, the angry sea that is the melody becomes a lull with staccato and pianette. In another instance, "Anakin vs. Dooku", the suspense comes associated with the imperialism of the war, absolute and impregnated by the battles.

 

What we hear coming from "B'omarr Monastery" is based on percussive tones, until a certain section of its total length - then the cellos come together to give to the track a darker tone. Another highlight is "Jedi Do not Run!", that transcends and shines. More fine tracks arrive with "Ziro Surrounded", "Ziro's Nightclub Band" (a wonderful jazz) and "Infiltrating Ziro's Lair" (which in a certain way recalls Bernard Herrmann's style). Also impressive is the score's penultimate track, "Fight To The End", where Kevin crafts the melodies with an impeccable mastery.

 

Some Star Wars fans could claim that more themes heard in the films could have been used in Kiner's score. It sounds correct because Williams has created not just one, but several themes that can be considered as musical signatures for the franchise. But we can't forget that this is not the Star Wars we know, but in fact is a CGI, cartoonish derivation, so not everything here looks - and sounds - exactly like in the movies. The fact is, at each track Kevin surpasses himself, showing to the listener how he can dominate so many intrinsically different aspects. Kevin, more scores please!

 

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