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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but far,far to short, 30 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Star Trek: Into Darkness (Music from the Motion Picture) (MP3 Download)
Michael Giaccino's score for Into Darkness is awesome; end of story (almost). It's got some cracking tracks that are well up there with the best he's done. There is a depth and variety which is amazing, and he hasn't over-egged the score with his Start Trek theme again, as it has been used sparingly, mostly in the beginning and end pieces (which is understandable). There is some beautiful music which goes perfectly with the film, as well as living outside it (which doesn't happen in all score albums) and in the action cues there appears, to me at least, to be the faintest echo of both Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner, which shows its a stable mate to the earlier films. The score varies at one end from "London Calling" which is a beautiful haunting piece which brings out real sadness (you'll know instantly where it goes when you've seen the film) to the action of "The Kronos Wartet". I highly recommend this to anyone that loves good music.

The star taken off is not however for the music, its for the running time of only 47 minutes, which I find both disappointing and frustrating. I'm sure give it five or six months and...surprise, surprise, an extended "Deluxe" CD with another 15 or so minutes of music added.

It will be interesting to see what's going to happen when they do Star Trek 3 (or 13 if your an old trekker like me). With JJ Abrahms likely to be concentrating mainly on Star Wars V11, and down as producer only for Star Trek 3, will there be a change of musical direction? I hope not as Giacchino's doing a damn fine job. However, might Giacchino be earmarked also for Star Wars V11? Now that would be interesting! IF - and its a very, very big IF- Giacchino does do Star Wars V11, hopefully he'll be able to do Start Trek 3 as well. If not, then enjoy the sublime music he created for these two reboot Star Trek films - you certainly won't be disappointed !
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