I have always been a fan of James Newton Howard - he knows how to put an incredible soundtrack together. I went to see Maleficent in the cinema without knowing he had done the soundtrack and was bowled over by how beautiful it was. I have been listening to it ever since and it's beauty withstands even without the cinematic experience.
The tracks have different feels to them, but the underlying theme is beautiful and moving and in most tracks. It is a mix of grandiose and powerful sounds (Maleficent standing strong, her wings behind her), moments of beautiful simplicity (all the scenes of love and tenderness in the movie), as well as touches of fun and magical elements (fitting for all the fairies and fun scenes).
I would highly recommend it to any movie soundtrack fan. It is up there in my top ten and I am an avid soundtrack fan!
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