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...

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...

Hans Zimmer live on tour

Hans Zimmer live on tour Hans Zimmer Live on Tour starts 6th/7th April in London with concerts throughout Europe through April, May and into June. The concerts look to feature tracks from many of Zimmer's well-known film scores with many musicians who have worked with him in the past, such as Lebo M (The Lion King) and Tina Guo (Inception, Rango). More...

It's a Hat-Trick from Ennio Morricone!

Ennio Morricone Ennio Morricone does it again, winning the Oscar for Best Score to add to his recent Golden Globe and BAFTA wins. This is for his music to Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, and already Tarantino has announced that Morricone will be scoring his next film. Other nominees for the oscar included John Williams, Thomas Newman, Carter Burwell and Jóhann Jóhannsson. More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Force Awakens by John Williams

John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - film score album cover The music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens dazzles is in its fabulously complex interplay of familiar themes with forward-looking ideas setting things up for the next 2 films. The end result is a typically vibrant, rich and engrossing piece of soundtrack storytelling, one that further cements John Williams' formidable status as the Beethoven of the 21st century. 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...

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