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Soundtrack review: The lone ranger (Hans Zimmer – 2013)

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Soundtrack review: The lone ranger (Hans Zimmer – 2013)


“The Lone Ranger” meant the reunion of the director / actor / composer team that gave us the wonderful Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp and Hans Zimmer teamed up once again and the result was more than satisfying to me.

The score starts with four tracks that are absolutely wonderful and exciting. I liked them so much that I introduced “Never take off the mask”, “Absurdity”, “Silver” and “Ride” into my running playlist from the first day I heard them. They are alert and fun and great modern Western cues. “Silver” is my favorite from the bunch: it’s beautiful, sensitive and almost Asian in sound. It’s a theme written for the famous horse of the lone ranger and it is an instant classic. Hans’ brilliance makes this track as good as any Spaghetti Western classic cue out there. I can’t get enough of listening to it.
It is true that Hans was always inspired by Morriconne and this score partly proves that he learned well.

The other highlight of this score is “Finale”. This one is an insanely fun extended arrangement of the famous “Wilhelm Tell overture”, to which Hans and Geoff Zanelli added additional material. It is a 10 minute masterpiece that is always scheduled at the end of my race playlists because it is a celebration, a triumph and a cue which doesn’t let you stop. It’s like a 10 minute long standing ovation, which brings the excellence of the album above 50%. And no matter what others might say, a movie score with 27 minutes of excellence cannot be dismissed…

More than a year after it came out, I still listen to some tracks from “The lone ranger” on a weekly basis.
In my opinion, Hans Zimmer had a year of grace in 2013, because this, “Rush” and “Man of steel” are all among my favorite Hans Zimmer compositions.

Cue rating: 80 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 27 / 50

Album excellence: 55%


01 Never Take Off the Mask

02 Absurdity

03 Silver

04 Ride

07 The Railroad Waits for No One

10 Finale

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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