Originally Posted by Jdiggity
Because his music relies on the visual stimulant to maintain interest. (This is not a criticism)
But there's always Video Killed The Radio Star
I agree. However, I don't think his music relies on visual so much as works itself into it, which is what it's supposed to do. I like how Questlove said he doesn't believe in good or bad music anymore, just effective and non- effective.
I thought the Inception soundtrack was amazing when I saw the movie , but on it's own it's just not as moving. But why does that matter? It was made to be part of the film and it was effective where it counts.
And while HZ does occasionally borrow from himself, I don't think it's a big deal. HZ gets ragged on for sounding generic when the main reason is that he has essentially created his own sub-genre of film scoring
Other composers end up sounding like him even when they're not trying to. I don't think it's intentional, but if your'e like me and grew up on the Lion King, Gladiator etc. , it's going to influence you in some way. And with over 200 films there are going to be similarities. I agree that there are other composers who may be more technically complex, but that doesn't mean they are more effective film scorers.
Take for example one of HZ's major influences, Ennio Morricone who is IMO the God of modern film scoring. Alot of his music was super simple but inspiring nonetheless.