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 Turtle - 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Legrand: Piano & Cello Concertos

Michel Legrand: Piano and Cello Concertos - album cover Like many old school film composers, Michel Legrand also writes concert music and an album of his Piano and Cello Concertos has recently been released. The cellist is Henri Demarquette with the composer himself on the piano. John Caps gives his assessment of the album. 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...

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...

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