Elle by Anne Dudley

Anne Dudley: Elle - film score album cover Given the formidable legacy (from Poledouris to Goldsmith) of strong scores for Paul Verhoeven movies, Anne Dudley's score for Elle has a lot to life up to. Yet her score for Elle is another firm indication that she is one of film music's finest orchestral storytellers. More...

Rogue One by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - film score album cover Following production delays it fell to Michael Giacchino to write the first non-John Williams Star Wars feature score in only a month. That he pulled off this formidable task on Rogue One is a sign of his undoubted skill, professionalism and ability to work under fierce studio pressure. More...

Nocturnal Animals by Abel Korzeniowki

Abel Korzeniowki: Nocturnal Animals - film score album cover Director Tom Ford's wickedly devious Nocturnal Animals is the ideal canvas on which composer Abel Korzeniowski can paint. His soundtrack conceals sly nuances that embellish the film's narrative, making it one of 2016's most accomplished and successful film scores. Highly recommended! More...

Best Film Scores of 2016

Daniel Hart: Pete's Dragon - album cover 2016 has seen remakes, and sequels and new entries in existing universes, and it has also seen its fair share of some unique adaptations and original screenplays. Musically too we have heard some familiar themes and remixes, and a whole host of original music from pure electronic to orchestral and a full spectrum in between. So here is our review of the Best Film Scores of 2016. 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...

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...

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....

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...

Jackie by Mica Levi

Mica Levi: Jackie - original motion picture score As with her previous film, Mica Levi's score for Jackie truly gets Under the Skin in remarkably effective ways. For unconventional movies like this, Levi is clearly able to think outside of the box and the result is experimental yet bold and fresh. More...

La La Land by Justin Hurwitz et al.

Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul: La La Land - original motion picture soundtrack (songs and score) La La Land is a full-blooded dramatic experience that interweaves exceptional songs and melodies to fill cinemagoers with a profound happiness. It's that rarest of soundtracks capable of appealing to both cine-literate score fans and casual listeners alike. More...

Die Hard by Michael Kamen

Michael Kamen: Die Hard - film score album cover Die Hard is the ultimate Christmas Movie which then went on to spawn a franchise. Composer Michael Kamen provides much more than a typical action score for the film, helping to support the characters involved and then effortlessly picking up and rolling with the movie's humour. More...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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