Apocalypto is not your usual film soundtrack. It's only 'themes' are the ethereal and tribal vocals, and the pounding percussion - these two elements are in most of the tracks, yet never get repetitive. Instead, James Horner is able to change and mix them to create any mood necessary: A sense of foreboding and dread, an intense action/chase scene or even a quieter, reflective piece.
All the tracks are very original and quite powerful. Beautiful, unique instrumentals with occasional gentle background vocals without words. It works as quiet background music or you can turn it up and appreciate the extreme quality. Few soundtracks on their own can carry the emotion one felt while watching a film; however, this soundtrack does that and more.
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