Music By Hans Zimmer
Also featuring songs by Stevie Winwood,
Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, Mud & Dave Edmunds
Watertower Music NLIN39470
24 Tracks/Disc Time: 65:04
"Rush" not to be confused with the 1991 drama starring Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh, is the latest film directed by Oscar Winner Ron Howard ("A Beautiful Mind", "The Paper", "Apollo 13") which has received the director's best critical reviews in quite a long time chronicles the extremely bitter and very intense rivalry set against the backdrop of Formula One racing between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, "Thor", "The Avengers"), and his methodical, exceptional opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl, "The Fifth Estate") during the 1970's. The film deals with Hunt's and Lauda's off track lifestyle which were a stark contrast to one another, their personal loves (Olivia Wilde, "House", Alexandra Maria Lara, "Downfall") and the intense 1976 racing season in which both men went balls to the wall to become Formula One's World Champion no matter what the cost. The film was written by Oscar Nominee Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon", "The Queen") and is a visually and stylistically spectacular film to look at.
While Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl were recreating history on screen on one sports greatest and fiercest rivalries, Ron Howard didn't have anyone to rival when he chose Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer to work with him once again. Zimmer and Howard have shared a very solid history together that included the hit films "Backdraft", "DaVinci Code", "Frost/Nixon", "Angels & Demons" and "The Dilemma" which featured Zimmer in varying modes and moods with "Backdraft" being their most prolific score in their relationship. While listening to this core, it really brought back alot of memories of the Hans Zimmer of old the wrote the exciting and propulsive score to the Tom Cruise race car drama "Days Of Thunder" (which is just getting its' first official release thanks to La-La Land Records) with a little assist of course much like this score. The two films aren't that dissimilar score wise, but the big difference between the two scores is that this one while it rocks, is not the powerhouse that "Days of Thunder" is; yet still on that level it really is a solid piece of work all the way through.
It is a workmanlike score that does exactly what is supposed to do which is the run the gambit of emotions as well as carry the terrific visuals on screen starting with "1976" immediately sets the tone with some lonesome ambiance that leads to a more pensive theme for keyboard and really starts to kick it into gear with a solid cello solo backed with rock guitar that dominates the rest of the track as i switches into power anthem mode. The rest of the score has that cool rock feel to it that is pretty catchy melodically that includes tracks such as "I Could Show You If You Like", "Stopwatch", "Into The Red", "20%", and "Car Trouble". The score's most powerful track and the major highlight of this score is "Lost But Won", which is a thrilling and exceptional track that really does channel the vintage Hans Zimmer. Dramatic cello solos, pulsing and powerful electronics that just grab and captivate you much like many his early scores did. "Nurburgring" is another electric track that also follows the pulsing energy of "Lost" as well as both "Mount Fuji" and "Inferno". "My Best Enemy" is not quite the rousing ending you'd expect but a pensive and thoughtful one for a solid ending for the score.
The album features classic period songs by the likes of Steve Winwood, David Bowie, Mud, Thin Lizzy and Dave Edmunds that really add to the films' setting and perfect backing of Zimmer's score. This is a very solid album which does exactly what it's supposed to do: thrill! Hans Zimmer's score works perfectly and has to be one of his best efforts of the year that is just a notch better than "The Lone Ranger" and not by much. This easily is a perfect listen to follow the upcoming and highly release of "Days Of Thunder" by La-LaLand Records next week. A very solid score and a very solid album. Recommended.