Helpful votes received on reviews: 58% (15 of 26)


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Star Trek: Into Darkness (Music from the Motion Pi&hellip <a href="">Michael Giacchino</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
[...] Opinions on how "Star Trek Into Darkness" compares to its predecessor will be divided. Personally, I believe it to be superior, because the composition, the performance and the recording are a little more precise. [...] This time the orchestration is focused much more on the strings; its players providing a very tight performance.

Having said that... for all its technical marvel, I find most of Giacchino's score to be a little too calculated (less so than the previous one, but still...). [...] So, this is only a minor gripe, but I believe that its meticulousness is holding back a greater potential. Because... When the shackles do come of in "The San Fran Hustle" we are… Read more
Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope <a href="">Blake Neely</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
[...] This is a lovely little score. A true hidden gem. It's full of beautiful melodies and light orchestrations. It's nigh impossible not to like it; though you won't find anything spectacularly original here. It's a safe score; one that can easily be returned to again and again. I know I have! It's reminiscent of those lovely little scores from the 90s, by people like Isham, Newman or Shaiman. "October Sky" keeps coming to mind; for its overall style rather than any specific ideas. It's hard to award this much more than 3,5 stars as it is so firmly rooted in familiar territory, but having said that... its utterly inoffensive nature means I find myself playing this score far more often… Read more
Broadchurch (Music From The Original Soundtrack) <a href="">Ólafur Arnalds</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
[...] Less is more. That is the key lessons one can learn from this score. With so many scores overindulging in self-importance, it is refreshing to hear something that dares stay down to earth. Now I could include some psychobabble about how the music seems to represent the timeless sea, by which the town of Broadchurch is set; or how only the bleak Icelandic landscape could inspire a composer to write this type of music, but I won't (...ah!). The simple truth is this: in all its simplicity and minimalism (at the risk of using both terms incorrectly) this is the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful, haunting and poignant music I have heard in a very, very long time. For all its melancholy, it… Read more