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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (John Williams)

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Soundtrack
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Soundtrack

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Soundtrack by John Williams

Get it:  If you would like to hear a classic Star Wars sound with a more modernized and slightly more intense quality

Don’t get it:  If you think the New Trilogy music is too much and needs to be simpler in style

Continuing with our schedule, it is time for the review of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.  First, let’s get a little context.  It’s been 3 years since Williams returned to the universe with The Phantom Menace, where he successfully created a new Star Wars sound while still staying true to the roots.  Now that he had created this new sound, he had freedom to either stay with that or get closer to the more familiar sound since the storyline was getting closer.  He decided to go in the middle.

The Phantom Menace had a definite sense of mystery involved, which makes sense given not only the title, but also the film’s plot regarding a new, unforeseen, and hidden threat.  Here, the mystery – while still there – is not quite as prominent.  Instead, there is more action going on as the characters unveil the mystery.  These battles will climax in the next installment, but that’s for later.

Not only is there more action that goes on, but there’s a whole different element which is also prominent – the love aspect.  This story sees the development of a loving relationship between two of the main characters.  Consequently, Williams, who is no stranger to romantic music, was tasked to come up with a love theme for Star Wars.  The result is the track Across the Stars.  Not only beautiful, but its power and, at the same time, gentleness are a fantastic combination. 

Even though Williams was able to stick to his fresh look at Star Wars, he also gives us hints of things to come, or references to the Original Trilogy.  He, specifically at the end, uses the Imperial March as a tool of story-telling.  He also uses The Force Theme.  These little hints, mixed into the new action/romance sound, are a treat for anybody, whether you like it for the Star Wars reference or just for the music itself.

Ultimately, this soundtrack is a bridge between the mysterious unknown and the epic drama that is coming next.  As beautiful as it is excellent, this score is yet another example of what John Williams can do.  If you aren’t familiar with this, give it a listen, regardless of your feelings about the film overall.

Coming next in this series –

Review of Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in April, 2015.

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