Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: Isle of Dogs - film score album cover Isle of Dogs is an unconventional stop-motion animation by Wes Anderson, and the director turns again to Alexandre Desplat for an equally eccentric score. As with Fantastic Mr. Fox, Desplat's music delights in quirky instrumentation, in this case including taiko drums reflecting the Japanese setting. More...

Ready Player One by Alan Silvestri

Alan Silvestri: Ready Player One - film score album cover Alan Silvestri is the perfect composer for Spielberg's Ready Player One. His score effortlessly takes us back to the 80s with sly touches of Back to Future and other genre movies, but the score's sense of period homage is carefully balanced to allow its own identity to shine. More...

Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood: Phantom Thread - film score album cover Phantom Thread is up for several Oscars including Best Original Score for composer Jonny Greenwood, working again with director Paul Thomas Anderson and chameoleonic actor Daniel Day Lewis. Greenwood's music is frequently sublime and gets to the heart of the characters and their story arc. More...

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...

Red Sparrow by James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard: Red Sparrow - film score album cover James Newton Howard has already shown his versatility, but Red Sparrow is an usual score even by his standards. Half the score is dark and suspenseful, very Russian sounding and Herrmannesque in places. The rest of the score seems rooted in dance, with ballet music and a substantial dark waltz. But these all blend together well to make an excellent score. More...

Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson: Black Panther - film score album cover There's no denying the huge cultural impact of Black Panther, but it is also one of the best MCU films to date. Sonically there are the songs of Kendrick Lamar but the movie's soul is owned by its score. Composer Ludwig Göransson spent a month in Senegal absorbing the culture and musical colours, and the result is an exotic and diverse soundscape which does the movie justice. More...

Desplat wins the Triple

oscar statuette For the 3rd consecutive year a composer has made a clean sweap of the top 3 awards, winning Best Original Music/Score at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars. In 2016 it was Ennio Morricone with the Hateful Eight, then in 2017 it was Justin Hurwitz with La La Land and now Alexandre Desplat has scooped all three for The Shape of Water. Congratulation to all the winners and nominees. 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...


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