Original score composed by Hans Zimmer.
Recorded at Media Ventures, Santa Monica, California; 20th Century Fox, Los Angeles, California and Sony Studios, Culver City, California.
Personnel: Hans Zimmer (programming); Lebo M., Lisa Gerrard (vocals); Heitor Teixeira Pereira (guitar, kalimba); Andreas Vollenweider (kora); Eun Mee Ahn, Alyssa Park, Anatoly Rosinsky, Robin Olson, Ana Landauer, Helen Nightengale, Ken Yerke, Phillip Levy , Yu Tong Sharp, Jeanne Evans, Julian Hallmark, Franklyn D'Antonio, Rene Mandel, Tamara Hatwan, Mario de Le¢n, Lily Ho Chen, Sungil Lee, Robert Brosseau, Eric J. Hosler, Sid Page, Roberto Cani, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Dimitrie Leivici, Berj Garabedian, Endre Granat, Haim Shtrum (violin); Hugh Marsh (electric violin); Dan Neufeld, Marlow Fisher, Matthew Funes, Karie Prescott, John Hayhurst, John Scanlon, Ron Strauss, Brian Dembow, Simon Oswell, Dave Walther , Darrin McCann, Denyse Buffum, Shanti Randall (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Timothy Landauer, David H. Speltz, Andrew Schulman , Kevan Torfeh, Antony Cooke , Stephen Erdody , Armen Ksadjikian, David Low , Sebastian Toettcher, John Walz, Todd Hemmenway, Christine Ermacoff (cello); Martin Tillman (electric cello); Kenneth Munday , David Riddles (bassoon); David Washburn, Malcolm McNab (trumpet); Phillip Teele, Alan Kaplan, William Booth , Charles Loper (trombone); Tommy Johnson (tuba); James Thatcher, Steven Becknell, Brian D. O'Connor, Todd Miller , John Reynolds (horns); Jim Dooley, Steve Jablonsky (programming).
Audio Mixer: Alan Meyerson.
Recording information: 20th Century Fox, Newman Scoring Stage, Los Angeles, CA; Media Ventures, Santa Monica, CA; Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, CA.
Author: Lebo M.
Arrangers: Jim Dooley; Steve Jablonsky; Hans Zimmer .
Although Hans Zimmer receives nominal credit, Tears of the Sun is in fact a collaborative effort featuring contributions from the composer's Media Ventures colleagues including Lebo M., Steve Jablonsky, and Heitor Pereira -- the end result channels some unexpected ethnic influences into an otherwise by the book war film score reliant more on its emotional scope than its action themes. While African percussion and chants enliven several cues, Tears of the Sun is above all dominated by a palpable sense of melancholy -- little here echoes the heroic, larger than life scale of war scores past, and all vestiges of patriotism are superseded by post-9/11 angst. It's certainly unexpected, especially given Zimmer's affection for bombast, but it works. ~ Jason Ankeny