Sounds like … a mixture of the dramatic orchestrations by Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Last Samurai) and Peter Gabriel's very similar 1989 Passion soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ

At a glance … it's a haunting, beautiful, and powerful score, but it's also blatantly inspired by Gabriel's work, and you may need an appreciation of Middle Eastern instrumentation to enjoy it

Accept no substitutes! You'll be seeing many albums releasing over the months ahead positioning themselves in the marketplace with "Passion" in the title. Those behind the soundtrack to The Passion of The Christ have recognized this, slapping a sticker on the case that reads "The Official … Soundtrack."

John Debney composed the music underscoring Mel Gibson's lauded-but-controversial film, and while he's not yet one of the bigger names in film scoring, he has worked consistently for the last 20 years on several major releases (most recently Elf). His first big gig was composing music for episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Apparently a Catholic (as determined from the liner notes), Debney's already got a handful of spiritually inclined films on his resume, including Dragonfly and Bruce Almighty, both collaborations with Christian director Tom Shadyac.

The Passion of The Christ resembles a mixture of recent dramatic orchestrations by Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Last Samurai) and the alternative Middle Eastern exploration heard on Peter Gabriel's magnificent Passion soundtrack, used in 1988's The Last Temptation of Christ. Unfortunately, Debney's music is too closely patterned after the latter's work, and that's disappointing for a new film about the same subject (albeit a much different interpretation). They've even prominently ...

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The Passion of The Christ
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February 24, 2004
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