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Thor: Ragnarok
(2017)
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Composed and Produced by:
Mark Mothersbaugh

Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas

Additional Music by:
Wataru Hokoyama

Co-Orchestrated and/or Arranged by:
Tim Jones
Albert Fox
John Enroth
Pete Seibert
Andrew Kawczynski
Ray Plaza
Ethan Obbema
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(November 10th, 2017)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your ears are feeling lucky, for Mark Mothersbaugh brings his rowdy 1980's electronic style to the symphonic tradition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with unashamed zeal.

Avoid it... if even the score's immensely impressive symphonic portions cannot compensate for the outlandishly hideous, source-like synthetic tones that dominate portions of the work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,722
WRITTEN 12/27/17
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Thor: Ragnarok: (Mark Mothersbaugh) Inspired by the sideshow humor of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe steered the third Thor entry towards a blend of action and outward comedy, and audiences rewarded 2017's Thor: Ragnarok for that lighter tone. Director Taika Waititi was tasked with achieving precisely this blend, all the while resolving additional storylines involving the lead character, his highly dysfunctional family, and the aggrieved people of Asgard. Along his journey, Thor is imprisoned by the Grandmaster of a garbage planet and battles his wicked sister for control of his people after the death of Odin. The silliness factor of the concept is amped up intentionally, especially by the time Sam Neill and Matt Damon offer cameos as actors portraying other characters within the franchise, though the film does take the opportunity to bring together some of Marvel properties, including Bruce Banner and Doctor Strange, into the narrative. Waititi had originally intended to score Thor: Ragnarok completely with Queen-inspired 1980's electronic rock, and it is no surprise that he hired Wes Anderson collaborator and early synthetic and new wave Devo lead Mark Mothersbaugh for the assignment. Mothersbaugh had never tackled a project of this mainstream immensity before, though his career in film scores included a healthy dose of functional and occasionally impressive children's comedy music. His writing for 2014's The Lego Movie is a solid precursor for exactly the kind of sound audiences could expect for Thor: Ragnarok. Both the director and composer strongly believed that for the comedic tone of the film to thrive, a return to a sound similar to Daft Punk's stylish Tron: Legacy score should be explored. Marvel agreed, but only to an extent. Predictably, the majority of the score for Thor: Ragnarok resorts back to the 100-piece orchestra demanded by executives for the subject, though the setting of the garbage planet of Sakaar did allow uninhibited 1980's synthetic material to abound as something of a source application. Likewise, more conventional rock tones also bleed into the orchestral performances at times, yielding decent results.



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Average: 3.17 Stars
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**** 41 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 72:51
• 1. Ragnarok Suite (8:53)
• 2. Running Short on Options (2:46)
• 3. Thor: Ragnarok (1:09)
• 4. Weird Things Happen (1:46)
• 5. Twilight of the Gods (6:14)
• 6. Hela vs. Asgard (4:30)
• 7. Where am I? (1:39)
• 8. Grandmaster's Chambers (1:18)
• 9. The Vault (3:47)
• 10. No One Escapes (3:01)
• 11. Arena Fight (3:32)
• 12. Where's the Sword? (4:33)
• 13. Go (1:43)
• 14. What Heroes Do (1:37)
• 15. Flashback (2:59)
• 16. Parade (2:20)
• 17. The Revolution Has Begun (1:47)
• 18. Sakaar Chase (2:12)
• 19. Devil's Anus (4:52)
• 20. Asgard is a People (4:20)
• 21. Where To? (2:22)
• 22. Planet Sakaar (2:14)
• 23. Grandmaster Jam Session (3:16)

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The insert includes extensive photography but no extra information about the score or film.
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