Suburbicon by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: Suburbicon - film score album cover It's a shame that few will hear Alexandre Desplat's excellent score for Suburbicon will given its critical and commercial panning. It is resplendent in the composer's characteristic mannerisms whilst also serving its slippery, troubling movie brilliantly - a darkly comic score that both carves out its own highly entertaining territory. More...

Final on Vinyl?

Richard Rodney Bennett: The Return of the Soldier - film score album cover There are a number of film scores previously out on vinyl which have yet to receive a CD release. Our article Final on Vinyl? lists 4 albums that record labels need to get these on their release schedule now! More...

IT by Benjamin Wallfisch

Benjamin Wallfisch: IT - film score album cover Presented as a double CD the film score for IT by Benjamin Wallfisch is built from several strands. There is the scary aspect full of unsettling weirdness, the theme for Pennywise based on oranges and lemons, and more conventional music for the characters and setting. Happy Halloween! More...

Jerry Goldsmith's Walk of Fame

Jerry Goldsmith's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Earlier this year the composer Jerry Goldsmith received a posthumous Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To mark that event John Caps takes a look at the composer's career and legacy. As part of Jerry's Walk of Fame Caps identifies three specific ingredients that can be found in Goldsmith's best film scores. More...

Giacchino: War for the Planet of the Apes

Michael Giacchino: War for the Planet of the Apes - film score album cover It's astonishing to see the status that Michael Giacchino now commands in Hollywood. He is a bastion of robust thematic integrity and powerful melody and orchestration. War for the Planet of the Apes is another tremendous score on that journey, intelligently scored, gritty and emotional in the manner of the old masters. More...

Get Out by Michael Abels

Michael Abels: Get Out - film score album cover Get Out is a complex, demanding film needing an equally complex score, that's both in on the satire and capable of scaring the listener senseless. Michael Abels' score is one of the most varied, unusual and inventive horror soundtracks of recent years, drawing on a host of musical styles and tones and fusing them all together superbly. More...

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...

Oscar Sings: History and Hysteria

oscar statuette Amid all the hysteria about the oscar ceremony, John Caps takes a light-hearted look back at the history of the Best Song Oscar. Its fashions and fads change just as often as the acceptance speeches, politics and jokes, but some aspects have been remarkably consistent over time as The History and Hysteria of Academy Award-winning Songs teases out. 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...

Doyle: Murder on the Orient Express

Patrick Doyle: Murder on the Orient Express - film score album cover Patrick Doyle has worked with Kenneth Branagh many times since 1989. Murder on the Orient Express is their latest collaboration, and Doyle's score works well in the film with ethnic touches, action music, jazz cues, a strong lyrical element and a song performed by Michelle Pfeiffer. More...

Best Film Scores of 2017

Rael Jones: My Cousin Rachel - album cover A preponderance of rising musical stars made their mark this year, further refuting the oft-held opinion that there's no creativity or spark left in film music anymore. Couple this with a strong showing from soundtrack veterans like John Williams and 2017 proved to be another dynamic, exciting and colourful year. Here are our Best Film Scores of 2017. More...

The Shape of Water - Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: The Shape of Water - film score album cover Despite the apparently simple story The Shape of Water is a complex movie with many facets and layers. Alexandre Desplat's music is instrumentally diverse, narratively appropriate, romantic, terrifying, exciting and otherwordly, serving the movie well and also standing on its own as a rich listening experience. More...

Breathe by Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney: Breathe - film score album cover Breathe is an inspirational movie drama based on the true story of Robin Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield). The music by Nitin Sawhney follows the story arc with its ups and downs, but remains warm and retains focus on Cavendish's courage and enduring legacy. More...

The Red Turtle by Laurent Perez del Mar

Laurent Perez del Mar: The Red Turle - film score album cover It's a rare pleasure when one discovers a stunning score from a relatively unknown composer. The Red Turtle is that score, the sort of lushly thematic and orchestrally robust treat that earmarks Laurent Perez Del Mar as a serious talent to watch. This album is highly recommended. More...

Dunkirk by Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer: Dunkirk - film score album cover Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is an overwhelming, extraordinary filmmaking achievement. Hans Zimmer's score works superbly within the movie creating an astonishing wall of noise in conjunction with the sound effects, though as a standalone experience the music hardly makes for a casual listen. More...

Brian Tyler: The Mummy

Brian Tyler: The Mummy - album cover Whatever you think of the movie, The Mummy's music score by Brian Tyler really benefits being separated from the noisy aural gloop. As a standalone score this not only displays Tyler's trademark 'big' sound but also that he has a strong handle on musical subtlety, seeing the Dark Universe series off to a fine musical start. More...

A Cure for Wellness by B. Wallfisch

Benjamin Wallfisch: A Cure for Wellness - original motion picture score A Cure for Wellness from director Gore Verbinski is a mash-up of every lunatic asylum movie ever made. But composer Benjamin Wallfisch has put a lot of thought into the score, using both melodic and harmonic constructs to engross the listener in a captivating, Gothic soundscape. 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...

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...


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