So Michael Giacchino - he is such an up and coming composer. If you've ever watched Lost, Fringe(pilot episode), MI:3, or Star Trek(2009) he is the man responsible for the amazing soundtracks.
He has his signature style, for example it seems he is not so shy with the brass section - mainly used to creep the crap out of you or strike fear or urgency into a scene. But to me he is a master of sweeping, deeply emotional music. And if he wants to make you shed a tear, you know he's gonna do it with that lonely and lingering high string.
Think of some of the saddest moments in Lost, or the track Labor of Love from Star Trek, it's totally submerging music. You don't need the visuals to be overwhelmed! Giacchino doesn't just enhance a film/tv show, he helps make it what it is.
And so it is with the opening of the Super 8 soundtrack, you get the best of his composing ability.
John Williams took 2 notes in Jaws to give you the heebie-jeebies, and sure Giacchino uses 3 but it has the exact same effect! Then, in comes the beautiful, thoughtful and melancholic melody to set the mood for the next scene, where you get what i would call Joes theme. It's so simple and yet so beautiful, it re-occurs throughout the film, and fits in perfectly in so many different ways.
I won't bore you with blow by blow score detailing, but what I will say, is that the first tracks set the standard for the rest and none of them will disappoint.
I'd totally recommend you buy this CD, beautifully composed and it works well as a stand alone piece(as does Star Trek 2009).
Go buy it! Buy it! Right now! :)