Category: Soundtrack Reviews

CD: Woman Astronaut, The (2015)

CD: Woman Astronaut, The (2015)

July 10, 2015 | By

Like her prior album, A Warrior’s Odyssey (2012), film and video game composer Penka Kouneva’s The Woman Astronaut is a concept album, this time featuring original music inspired by women who’ve chosen to follow the celestial dream of becoming astronauts…

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CD: Southpaw (2015)

CD: Southpaw (2015)

July 10, 2015 | By

Reportedly the last score composed by James Horner before his tragic death in July of 2015, Southpaw represents the type quiet character work to which Horner gravitated, crafting a simple theme and relying on a much smaller palette, often with seamless fusion between organic and synth sounds…

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CD: Blackwood (2014)

CD: Blackwood (2014)

July 10, 2015 | By

For this ghost tale, Lorne Balfe conjures his inner Philip Glass and has a lot of fun with spiraling, elliptical minimal patterns and thematic material…

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MP3: Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings (2015

MP3: Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings (2015

June 11, 2015 | By

Switching gears from more percussive electronic fusion scores, the latest album from the Assassin’s Creed Unity video game franchise features a more intimate work by Cris Velasco, featuring a smaller all-orchestra design with somewhat stealthy homages to Bernard Herrmann…

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MP3: Going Clear – Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

MP3: Going Clear – Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

June 11, 2015 | By

Will Bates’ score for the recent HBO documentary on Scientology is fairly low-key, seemingly allowing the weird details of L. Ron Hubbard’s quack religion – its founding, its controversies, and its litigious behaviour towards any criticism – to govern the narrative…

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CD: Loft, The (2014)

CD: Loft, The (2014)

June 11, 2015 | By

Bart De Pauw’s screenplay has been adapted three times for the big screen (2008, 2010 and 2014), allowing three composers to tackle the story of a whodunnit involving a group of men who discover a cadaver in a rented loft, and for the 2014 U.S. remake…

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CD: Loft

CD: Loft

June 11, 2015 | By

Wolfram de Marco’s score for Loft (2008), the latest thriller from Erik Van Looy (Memory of a Killer / De Zaak Alzheimer), is an incredibly addictive suspense score that’s driven by a simple rhythm over which a brooding melody is dragged over and over without any resolution. In place of closure, de Marco gives us a two-note comma so he can reset his rhythmic hook again, adding more percussion textures, discrete synths…

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MP3: LUV (2012)

MP3: LUV (2012)

June 11, 2015 | By

Nuno Malo’s Luv is a rather peculiar score, occasionally using the shrill metallic feedback of electric guitar in tracks like the somewhat somber, almost meditative “Woody’s Coming of Age” over an otherwise lush orchestral background. While the guitar may provide contrast with his elegant orchestrations, it does transgress into a level of distortion that may be excessive for some listeners….

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CD: Age of Adaline (2015)

CD: Age of Adaline (2015)

May 14, 2015 | By

Rob Simonsen’s score for this variation on eternally young-but-cursed characters is the orchestral equivalent to Cliff Martinez’ Solaris (2002)…

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CD: Dovekeepers, The (2015)

CD: Dovekeepers, The (2015)

May 14, 2015 | By

Prolific composer Jeff Beal’s score for The Dovekeepers is given the epic treatment in this packed 2-disc set, and while those familiar with the saga of Masada will likely recall Jerry Goldsmith’s own stirring music for the iconic, star-studded 1981 mini-series…

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