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Lockington is on form with this epic fantasy score and, like his previous work, is brilliant,
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This review is from: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Audio CD)
I should say at the outset that I tried very hard not to be biased in this review - I am a huge fan of Andrew Lockington, and his previous scores for Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (one of my favourites of last year) and City of Ember are all extraordinarily good fun. No doubt this is helped by veteran orchestrator Nicholas Dodd, but Lockington's scores have a wonderful bold orchestral style the likes of which are not heard frequently enough in Hollywood these days. Taking over the reins from Christopher Beck after his surprisingly good Percy Jackson & Olympians: Lightning Theif, my expectations for PJ:SOM were high, and I can say they were met.
The album kicks off with Thalia's Story, which contains a brief statement of what I assume is Thalia's theme with a brief solo female vocalist before the main PJ:SOM theme kicks in with some great brass and string writing and is probably my second favourite track on the album. This is reprised several times across the album (and forms the basis for the closing song "To Feel Alive). I won't go into all 20 score tracks, but there are some corkers on here. "Wave Conjuring" (Track 14) is almost 7 minutes in length and the writing brass, strings and choir really packs a punch. Hippocampus (Track 9) is another favourite, which goes through loads of different styles in that 3 minute 35 seconds. The final score track "Main Titles" brings the album to a close with another statement of the main PJ:SOM theme. The highlight of the album for me is the spine tingling "Resurrection", which has a stunning choral version of Thalia's theme and some fantastic writing for strings - it is one of Lockington's finest tracks to date in my opinion.
I won't comment on the final song "To Feel Alive", other than that it sounds like one of the better songs that sometimes find their way on to score albums. I'm not a huge fan of etherial/pop songs but I didn't rush for the mute button as I have done with some other releases. Whilst there will no doubt be people who just look at the album for this song via mp3 , don't bypass all the material by Lockington!
The album sounds wonderful and very well mixed as you would hope. The score part of the album lasts just over 65 minutes and I loved every minute of it.
In one respect I dislike writing reviews like this because it almost seems sickly. Yet I cannot deny this is an outstanding album and has all the ingredients you would want for an epic fantasy album. Perhaps the only criticism is that the main theme isn't perhaps the best I have heard from Lockington, but it's still pretty good. If you are a fan of Lockington's previous work, or liked this music within the film, do not hesitate to get a copy of this score. If you haven't heard any of his stuff before check out the albums I mentioned at the start. You will need to look on another site for Journey 2 (but it's worth it). It's music like PJ:SOM that reminds me why I love to listen to film scores, and think anything less than 5*s would be a disservice.