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Soundtrack review : Teenage mutant ninja turtles (Brian Tyler – 2014)

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Soundtrack review : Teenage mutant ninja turtles (Brian Tyler – 2014)

There’s a knock at the door. I can’t wait for this, I am so ready! I am expecting some childhood friends this time, friends I haven’t seen in ages…I’ll see April O’Neill again, that cute and valiant redhead who never gave up on investigating a subject. I had a bit of a crush on her when I was a kid…then those four wacky boys turned into turtles with names of famous renaissance artists. Should be fun. So why am I still hesitating before opening the door? I stop for a moment and look around. I remember past battles fought in here. This is the place where I took the best mercenaries and action heroes of the 80s head on. Twice! I raced cars, I summoned worms, I encountered some weirdly drawn transformers, a super hero and even a God! I haven’t had time to recover and catch my breath after that last encounter; I can still feel its effects. The atmosphere is electric and a little tense, there’s a rumbling in the distance, a rumbling that seems to get ever closer to where I am. There will be a storm soon. Remembering all these past adventures casts away the final shadows of doubt. I shake them away as if they were annoying spider webs clinging to my body.
I smile confidently and open the door. Cowabunga!! The music grabs me by the throat and pulls me into a tornado of sounds, notes, feelings, instruments. I’m thrown out right in the middle of a huge orchestra playing violently and vigorously, giving all to their instruments, handling them better than those action heroes handled their weapons and synching perfectly to the gestures of a conductor who must be Thor himself. Instead of the conductor’s stick he has his hammer and his gestures are thunders that connect all the members of the orchestra.  I’m right in the middle of that, and there’s no way I can escape this.  I just let it take me over and twist me in any way it wants. ..
Brian Tyler is the best action movie composer around. There’s no doubt about it. He proves himself time and time again, and it sounds like 2014 will be his year, just like 2013 was. He never fails to impress me. There’s a track on this score called Adrenaline, and it’s pointless to single it out, because all the cues here are amazing. But that word symbolizes best the music of Brian Tyler. It’s pure, wonderful, adrenaline, and usually after I listen to a Brian Tyler score I feel the need to listen to another one or two to get my fix. When I listed to a score like this I can do anything, I can’t get tired or desperate, I can’t stop or quit, the sound won’t ever let me. The main theme, heard more poignantly in the opening cue “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and in the closing “TMNT march” is also perfect and will not leave my head. If the composers who keep  blessing us with their music were the Avengers Assemble, then Brian Tyler would be Thor, the god of thunder among them.
…then it’s over and I’m thrown back in the house, shell shocked. The door slams behind me. I will not have any time to catch my breath after this one, because out the window I can already see a great powerful storm forming. Oh, and that group of mercenaries I collided with twice before? They are back and running from that storm straight towards my door. So that actually wasn’t a huge orchestra I imagined…? I put my raincoat on and arm myself with the best head phones around. This was just the beginning. Up in the sky Thor keeps beating his anvil angrily and without rest.
Welcome to Brian Tyler month. It usually lasts for a year!

My ratings:
Cue score: 96,7 / 100
Total minutes of excellence : 72/72
Album excellence: 100%

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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