James Horner’s Academy Award-winning score for the “epic romance Titanic is much like the film itself – against all expectations, it delivers exactly what it promises. His score is grand, without falling into typical melodrama, and delicately romantic, without being sickly sentimental; it offers genuine emotion and excitement, with the haunting vocals of Norwegian singer Sissel providing a nice counterpoint to Horner’s blend of strings, vocals, orchestras, and synthesizers.” STE
“And what can we say about Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On; would ‘ubiquitous’ suffice?” JM The song “may feel a little like an afterthought, especially after experiencing Horners wrenching, affecting score, but its heart is in the right place.” STE The song bears the unique distinction of propelling two albums to the top of the charts. It wasn’t surprising that Dion’s Let’s Talk about Love topped the charts, but “Titanic was the first soundtrack to reach the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts in two decades.” JM If that wasn’t enough, the song also pushed both albums to 30 million in sales globally.
“Nevertheless, it is Horner’s instrumental work and its whirlwind of emotions that makes the score of Titanic a voyage worth repeating.” STE “Horner’s combination of synths, chorale, and orchestra perfectly underscores the action in director James Cameron’s 20th-century melodrama. It’s a finely honed piece of Hollywood craftsmanship from a composer who has tackled more musically adventuresome projects in his career.” JM