The Light Between Oceans - A. Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: The Light Between Oceans - film score album cover The Light Between Oceans is the story of a married couple whose lives are turned upside down by a single, life-changing decision. Alexandre Desplat's score for the film is beautifully nuanced and intelligently constructed, taking the listener on a clearly defined journey from romance through heartbreak and despair to eventual salvation. More...

The Witch by Mark Korven

Mark Korven: The Witch - film score album cover Indie hit The Witch started out on the Festival circuit before going on to terrify the entire world. Completing the film's transporting and engrossing atmosphere is the truly unsettling score from Canadian instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Mark Korven. Happy Halloween! More...

Pete's Dragon by Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart: Pete's Dragon - film score album cover With Pete's Dragon, violinist and composer Daniel Hart got his big break and seized the opportunity with both hands. While retaining his own distinctive air of bluegrass and folk, he has also demonstrated a stunning ability to let rip with an orchestra. Pete's Dragon is one of the best scores of 2016 and Hart will surely secure further film projects in future. More...

Laurence Rosenthal 90th birthday toast

Laurence Rosenthal As he approaches his 90th birthday, we celebrate the remarkable career of Laurence Rosenthal. John Caps pays tribute to the composer's multifaceted career in the realms of film, television, theater, and concert music resulting in an ASCAP Life in Music Award, two Oscar nominations, Golden Globe nods and a bunch of Emmy wins. More...

The Neon Demon by Cliff Martinez

Cliff Martinez: The Neon Demon - film score album cover Director Refn's eccentric and surrealistic approach on The Neon Demon offers bountiful opportunity for composer Cliff Martinez to craft a striking and rich soundscape in his music. The result is a unique and beautifully crafted tapestry that makes for one of the most singular soundtrack experiences of 2016. More...

Elfman: Alice through the Looking Glass

Danny Elfman: Alice through the Looking Glass - film score album cover Danny Elfman's wonderful Alice Theme makes a welcome return in follow up movie Alice through the Looking Glass, and it is much more choral than before. The composer then proceeds to take it into many unexpected directions proving once more that Elfman is the musical master of weird fantasy. More...

Apocalypto by James Horner

James Horner: Apocalypto - film score album cover James Horner died tragically just one year ago. We mark that sad event with a review of his score to Mel Gibson's Apocalypto. The movie is uncompromisingly violent, yet Horner constructs a clearly defined narrative with his music which balances his natural lyricism with some striking features with match the full extent of the film's barbaric nature. More...

Giovanni Rotondo: Orphans & Kingdoms

Giovanni Rotondo: Orphans & Kingdoms - film score album cover Gritty New Zealand drama Orphans & Kingdoms has done well critically on the festival circuit, and is scored by composer Giovanni Rotondo, a rising star in the international film score scene. Rotondo has crafted a challenging yet compelling score that makes one hopeful for the next generation of film composers ascending the ranks. More...

Abulele by Frank Ilfman

Frank Ilfman: Abulele - film score album cover The Israeli movie Abulele is in many ways a nod to the heartfelt family-fantasy traditions of Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante. The movie's score by composer Frank Ilfman is equally refreshing and pleasurable is its traditional approach - a genuinely charming delight. More...

High-Rise by Clint Mansell

Clint Mansell: High-Rise - film score album cover High-Rise is no ordinary movie, so it is fittingly scored by Clint Mansell who is no ordinary composer. His music shares a sense of the grotesque, with dazzling orchestration and disturbing textures adding further levels of warped character to the movie, to create a beautifully judged score which is darkly satirical yet surprisingly melodic. More...

Fantastic Beasts by James N. Howard

James Newton Howard: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - film score album cover The Harry Potter series has already featured a who's-who of film composers, from John Williams to Patrick Doyle through Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, James Newton Howard honours that legacy but also establishes a charming sense of tonal whimsy and enchantment clad in his own distinct style. More...

Doctor Strange by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino: Doctor Strange - film score album cover Doctor Strange is another Marvel origin story featuring a classy cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, but composer Michael Giacchino's rich instrumentation has plenty of memorable nuances which play to the quirky on-screen mix of Eastern mysticism and Western psychadelics. More...

Magnificent Seven - Horner & Franglen

James Horner and Simon Franglen: The Magnificent Seven - film score album cover While The Magnificent Seven is a fitting testament to the late James Horner, it also highlights the work of Simon Franglen whose beautifully crafted tapestry pays tribute to Horner, honouring his characteristic flourishes whilst simultaneously acknowledging the work of Elmer Bernstein and lending a sense of modern day scoring bravado. More...

The Little Prince by Zimmer & Harvey

Hans Zimmer & Richard Harvey: The Little Prince - film score album cover The Little Prince was a Netflix exclusive in the US, a crying shame given its gorgeous animation and score from Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey featuring the haunting tones of French vocalist Camille. Although the nature of the composers' collaboration isn't clear, it's a joy to hear Zimmer return to such material after a string of superhero movies. More...

The BFG by John Williams

John Williams: The BFG - film score album cover The BFG is a delightful experience with some of the finest woodwind ensemble work heard in a film score in recent years (courtesy of Heather Clark), the instruments weaving and darting and hovering to conjure a uniquely mischievous sense of Dahl magic. John Williams' artistry and craft put this film score in a completely different league to everything else. More....

10 Cloverfield Lane by Bear McCreary

Bear McCreary: 10 Cloverfield Lane - film score album cover Almost sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane gives successfull TV composer Bear McCreary the opportunity to score a major big-screen production. And boy does he rise to the occasion! Fusing aggressive textures with a richly thematic approach makes this score one of 2016's greatest surprises. Give this man a blockbuster movie! More...

The Jungle Book by John Debney

John Debney: The Jungle Book - film score album cover Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is a masterclass in how to re-image a classic movie, and John Debney's music plays an important role. The composer's film score strikes a perfect balance between the jungle setting, the nail-biting realism of the story-telling, Baloo's humorous characterisation and of course the song material from the 1967 Disney animation. More...

Eddie the Eagle by Matthew Margeson

Matthew Margeson: Eddie the Eagle - film score album cover Eddie the Eagle is a fictionalised account of the unlikely ski-jumper whose determination made him a sporting hero. The score by Matthew Margeson is rooted in the 1980s setting, and evokes the period wonderfully with a fusion of electronic and acoustic sounds. A perfectly balanced retro score for a modern audience. More...

Goosebumps by Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman: Goosebumps - film score album cover Goosebumps is something of a homecoming for composer Danny Elfman since he first exploded onto the scene with memorably manic, darkly comic works such as Beetlejuice. True to the composer's dramatic skills, this comedy score has the capacity to excite and create a sense of danger whilst falling on exactly the right side of dark. More...

The Revenant - Ryuichi Sakamoto et al.

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner: The Revenant - film score album cover Excluded from Award consideration by Oscar's bizarre multiple composers rule, The Revenant by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner is nevertheless a superbly intuitive and compelling piece of work. Befitting such a close collaboration, the score is an intriguing fusion of classical and modern that feels wholly appropriate for the movie. 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...


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