The Hateful Eight by Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone: The Hateful Eight - film score album cover Quentin Tarantino has finally commissioned an original score, and Ennio Morricone's score for The Hateful Eight has already won a Golden Globe. After 60+ years in the business, it's astonishing how fresh the composer's voice remains and this music is brooding, angular and angry. Morricone doesn't just bring the music to the movies he scores: he brings the soul. More...

Brooklyn by Michael Brook

Michael Brook: Brooklyn - film score album cover Michael Brook's score for Brooklyn is impressive in a number of ways: It perfectly mirrors the emotional journey of the movie's main character, torn between two counties. Like the movie, Brook's music is both intimate and wide in scope, reflecting on a major cultural shift through the emotions of one young woman. More...

Spectre by Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman: Spectre - film score soundtrack album cover With his score to the latest Bond film Spectre, returning composer Thomas Newman continues the distinctive path he established with his previous Skyfall score. His musical style works well in both the lighter moments and the thrilling action sequences, and his more overt use of Bond Theme elements mirrors the film's return to traditional Bond plotting. More...

Robocop by Basil Poledouris

Basil Poledouris: Robocop - film score soundtrack album cover Though the movie was remade in 2014, the score of the original Robocop has been re-released once more. Scored by the late Basil Poledouris the original Robocop film score is every bit as thrilling as you remember. Another masterpiece by a master composer. More...

Urban Legend by Christopher Young

Christopher Young: Urban Legend - score and songtrack album cover In our 2nd horror score review for Halloween we look at Christopher Young's music for the slasher film Urban Legend. Few would deny the movie's shortcomings, but Young's wonderfully robust and old-fashioned score delivers some badly-needed tension and sophistication. More...

Ant-Man by Christophe Beck

Christophe Beck: Ant-Man - film score soundtrack album cover Christophe Beck's score for Ant-Man is a stylish and hugely enjoyable blend modelled on the scores of the 1960s espionage masters. Ironically enough, by drawing on this sense of retro nostalgia, Beck has created possibly the most original and memorable score within the MCU to date. The Ant-Man score is highly recommended. More...

Inside Out by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino: Inside Out - film score soundtrack album cover While Inside Out may lack the immediate appeal of Michael Giacchino's other animation scores, repeat listening ultimately reveals emotional depth and a big heart. The score simulates the experience of consciousness, circulating around a host of ideas that gradually come into focus over the course of the score. More...

Tomorrowland by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino: Tomorrowland- film score soundtrack album cover In possibly the finest year so far of Michael Giacchino's professional career, the composer now adds Tomorrowland a 4th collaboration with director Brad Bird. Largely optimistic in tone and full of memorable themes, this is an exuberantly old-fashioned score which holds its own alongside Jupiter Ascending, Jurassic World and Inside Out. More...

Jurassic World by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino: Jurassic World - film score soundtrack album cover The original Jurassic Park casts a long shadow over Jurassic World, not least John Williams' magnificent score. However composer Michael Giacchino has accepted this challenge and fashioned a coherent score that honours the franchise's legacy whilst taking it in new directions. More...

Armstrong: Far from the Madding Crowd

Craig Armstrong: Far from the Madding Crowd - film score soundtrack album cover The 2015 adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd, filmed on location in Thomas Hardy's West Country, benefits from a lovely, lyrical score by composer Craig Armstrong whose music is perfectly in tune not just with the landscapes but also the story's undercurrents of hope and heartbreak. More...

James Horner (1953-2015) - an obituary

James Horner The film music world has been rocked by the sudden loss of one of its titans. James Horner, illustrious composer of such sweeping works as Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar, has tragically died at the age of 61. Our James Horner obituary looks at his career highlights. More...

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular - UK Tour Promo The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular concerts are a true celebration of music from the TV series since 2005 all by resident composer Murray Gold. With on-screen highlights from TV episodes, monsters strutting on stage and all introduced by 5th Doctor Peter Davison, this show has everything a fan could ask for. More...

Bridge of Spies by Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman: Bridge of Spies - film score soundtrack album cover Thomas Newman's score for Bridge of Spies makes him the first composer in 30 years other than John Williams to work with Steven Spielberg. Newman builds atmosphere throughout the film in his highly individual voice, and this pays off big time in the latter part of the movie. Bridge of Spies caps an outstanding year for Newman and it would be most welcome to see him collaborate with Spielberg again. More...

Top 10 film scores of 2015

Joe Kraemer - Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - film score soundtrack album cover 2015 has been a great year for film scores, making it a tough task to whittle down the many excellent contenders to a favourite 10. But as 2015 draws to a close here is our Top 10 Film Scores of 2015, features sounds retro and modern from long-established composers and newer composers getting a chance to shine. More...

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - film score soundtrack album cover The film version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been accused of putting style before substance, but the 60s styling provides up-and-coming British composer Daniel Pemberton with a real opportunity to show what he's made of. Dripping in atmosphere, his score is a wonderfully stylish homage to the best of 1960s spy music. More...

It Follows by Disasterpeace

Disasterpeace: It Follows, film score soundtrack album cover Having composed music for several Game titles, It Follows was the first film score of Disasterpeace (Richard Vreeland), and he really rose to the challenge! His score pays homage to and reinterprets several masters of the Horror genre, with pulsing synth sounds and effects creating the perfect unnerving atmosphere for this inventive film. More...

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Joe Kraemer - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, film score soundtrack album cover Joe Kraemer's score for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is beautifully orchestrated with the various components of the orchestra playing off each other superbly, creating a dynamic and engaging soundscape that honours the great Lalo Schifrin. This deserves to catapult Kraemer to the top of the film music A-list. Mission accomplished! More...

Wolf Totem by James Horner

James Horner: Wolf Totem - film score soundtrack album Wolf Totem is another masterful work from a composer whose death will be lamented for years to come, and a fitting summation of the emotion that coursed through James Horner's remarkable career. When it came to soaringly melodramatic and emotional epics, James Horner had few equals. More...

Five Sax at the Movies

Five Sax: Five Sax at the Movies - album CD cover Saxophones are frequently under-appreciated or pigeon-holed, but they are extremely versatile instruments. In Five Sax at the Movies the group "Five Sax" ably demonstrate the instruments' versatility when it comes to a wide range of film music. The result is sometimes surprising and always entertaining. More...

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Tyler/Elfman

Brian Tyler & Danny Elfman - Avengers: Age of Ultron - film score OST It seems a strange move to have 2 composers Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman adapting some of the themes from a 3rd composer Alan Silvestri. However against all the odds, the music for Avengers: Age of Ultron is genuinely entertaining and could help to accompany the franchise into new directions. More...

Still Alice by Ilan Eshkeri

Ilan Eshkeri: Still Alice - film score soundtrack album The score of Still Alice matches the central performance by Julianne Moore as a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The music by composer Ilan Eshkeri is scored intimately for piano and small string ensemble, and captures the story's tragedy while avoiding schmaltz. More...

Paper Planes by Nigel Westlake

Nigel Westlake: Paper Planes - film score soundtrack album cover A box office hit in Australia, Paper Planes marks Babe composer Nigel Westlake's return to the world of film scoring. It's incredibly satisfying to see a composer like Nigel Westlake honouring the richly entertaining sound of beloved family film scores, but at the same time this is clearly no mere pastiche but a personal, deeply felt piece of work. More...

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