Star Wars: Episode II
Attack of the Clones

Composer: John Williams
Sony Classical
RRP £13.99
SK 89965
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A Star Wars movie would not be the same without a score composed by John Williams. From the first track it is clear that Williams is on incredible form. The introduction, after the all too familiar Theme, is emotional in its delivery and brings to mind the works of Elgar.

Across the Skies (Love Theme from Attack of the Clone) follows and wouldn't be out of place amongst Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet. This theme is arguably Williams' finest love theme to date and is much more moving than any of the tracks he composed for E.T. or Close Encounters and certainly on a par with his moving work on Schindler's List.

There is much borrowing from his earlier works and elements of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park come creeping in when you least expect it. There are also a number of track which pay homage to his earlier Star Wars works. The theme, which was always associated with Darth Maul, from the last movie is used extensively and small segments from the original Star Wars soundtrack are used in passing. Return to Tatooine illustrates this beautifully.

Williams use of an Electric guitar on Zam the Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant seems a little out of character, but it is great to see Spielberg's old friend unafraid to experiment.

A word of warning this CD is not compatible with PCs or Macs (according to the cover) however having bought this on CD I was eager to transfer it to my MP3 player and I had no problem in getting my computer to recognise it.

Not only the best Star Wars soundtrack, but possibly Willams' greatest work to date. For those who thought Williams had gone off the boil after Schindler's List then this will reaffirm his place as one of the best film composers working today.

Darren Rea


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