I'm a big fan of movie scores, but few are up there higher than Hoosiers. While there are many cues from movies that are stirring or tear-inducing, none can make me consistently cry tears of happiness like Hoosiers can.
The music in this movie is the crux of the film's heart, soul, and emotion. It's paired so well with every other element in the film that it makes for the ultimate nostalgia listen. The music easily recalls scenes in the movie when it plays, taking me back to the triumph and glory of Hickory.
It's a wonder that it took so long for an official U.S. version of the score to be released, but better late than never! It feels amazing to finally be holding the full, polished product in my hands, knowing that all of Jerry Goldsmith's heartwarming score is intact. The previously missing cues properly flesh out the score and make you relive the movie with each listen. But they're not just there for filler -- they all add something.
Although I'll forever love the music from this movie, some of it naturally sounds dated, but not just because it was recorded almost 30 years ago. It's because some of the "cheesier" elements in the mix simply sound that way because of the electronic style of sound that Goldsmith employed. So there are times listening to the score where I think, "It would be awesome if this was rerecorded to sound a bit more modern."
Don't take any of that as a complaint, though. Goldsmith really hit gold here, and it's amazing to think he didn't actually win the Oscar for Hoosiers. This release is a proper and tribute of an album that will never get old listening to - even if it means there will be no dry eyes.