The Passion of the Christ Complete with orchestral strings and celestial choirs, The Passion's soundtrack testifies against the film's much-heralded "accuracy." Splashes of Middle Eastern color aside, John Debney's score… The Passion of the Christ Complete with orchestral strings and celestial choirs, The Passion's soundtrack testifies against the film's much-heralded "accuracy." Splashes of Middle Eastern color aside, John Debney's score… 2004-02-24 Various Artists
Music Review

The Passion of the Christ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 24, 2004; Lead Performance: Various Artists

Complete with orchestral strings and celestial choirs, The Passion's soundtrack testifies against the film's much-heralded ''accuracy.'' Splashes of Middle Eastern color aside, John Debney's score downplays realism to serve emotional resonance, veering somewhat predictably between timeless New Age drones and fateful processions, although the virtuosic layering and cross-fading do create impressive soundscapes. With its chiefly meditative tone, Debney's music may even strike some listeners as more spiritually genuine than the brutality it ameliorates on screen.

Originally posted Mar 26, 2004 Published in issue #757 Mar 26, 2004 Order article reprints
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