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Soundtrack review: Angels and demons (Hans Zimmer – 2009)

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“Angels and demons” is still fresh to me and hasn’t lost its appeal

“Angels and demons” is the sequel to “The da Vinci code”. The entire production/ acting team returned for this one, including, thankfully, Hans Zimmer.

The first track, “160 BMP” tells me everything I need to know about this score. It just flies and raises the pulse to the promised rate…It builds up into a magnificent cue that’s a constant presence in my speed run playlists. It’s a very powerful track that doesn’t give you time to rest for almost seven minutes. When it’s over, I instantly want to play it again. The choral parts, furiously alternating between male and female voices, between soft and hard tones complete a true tornado of an opening cue. Point made!

“God particle” introduces us to Joshua Bell, the violinist who shines on this score. This theme picks up where “Chevaliers de Sangreal” stopped and alternates between aggressive and blissful choirs, expressing all the turmoil that this subject brings. The score continues with cues that make you think, feel, get passionate, dream, believe, and question…The cues are long and multi layered and reserve the listener surprises along the way.

My favorite piece from “Angels and demons” is the 12 minutes long “Science and religion”. Here Hans Zimmer takes his time to build a complex cue that you get lost in and become completely oblivious of anything else. It’s one of his trademark buildup cues that come to you like a wave, gaining more power with each minute until it reaches its wonderful peak. It’s a slow burner, but very intense.

“Angels and demons” is still fresh to me and hasn’t lost its appeal. Since it seems Hans will be back for Inferno, the third part of the trilogy, I can only say I can’t wait to hear it!

Cue rating: 80 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 38 / 54

Album excellence: 70%

Highlights:

I60 BPM

God Particle

Air

Science and Religion

Election by Adoration

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About the author

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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