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From an editorial review on Amazon's page:

Grounded in the elegiac compositions of classical composer Benjamin Britten, whose majestic choral NOYES FLUDDE ignites the film's young lovers, MOONRISE KINGDOM features masterworks performed by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic as well as popular gems performed by French chanteuse Françoise Hardy and the legendary country troubadour Hank Williams.

As in all of Anderson's previous films, music is an essential element and once again it is used to masterful effect. MOONRISE KINGDOM includes an original suite by renowned film composer Alexandre Desplat as well as percussion compositions by longtime Anderson collaborator and Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh. This soundtrack promises to be one of this year's most interesting and compelling releases.

Glad to see he didn't completely abandon Mark Mothersbaugh.

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The Desplat score suites did not do a lot for me on the whole, developing a single quirky idea over a period of about 16 minutes, the album itself a bit disjointed experience with Britten, Hank Williams et al. thrown in. I am sure it will work in the movie like hot cakes but as a listening experience not a very fluid nor satisfying one.

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Didn't realize that Alexandre Desplat wrote the score for Argo, the most critically acclaimed movie of the year. I'm listening to it right now (thank you, Mr. Spotify) but it's not really my cup of tea. Don't like how he uses electronics and all. Not a big fan of wailing either.

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His score for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is streaming here: http://pitchfork.com/advance/363-the-grand-budapest-hotel-original-soundtrack/

Tracklist: http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Budapest-Hotel-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B00HGGUTPW?tag=thfist07-20

Also he's announced two new projects: Roman Polanski's next film D and the Italian period fantasy The Tale of Tales: http://www.filmmusicreporter.com/2014/02/24/alexandre-desplat-to-score-roman-polanskis-d/

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It's a lovely score, really enjoyed listening to it and can't wait to see it with the film.

I also found it interesting that this looks to be Wes Anderson's most score-heavy project yet. Only four tracks not written by Desplat.

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Good to have some Desplat lined up for 2015. I'm particularly looking forward to his Imitation Game score, probably because I expect to like the movie as well. But it's been a great year for Desplat, so I'm sure all his upcoming scores will be worth a listen.

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Listening to The Imitation Game on Spotify. I'm really liking this on first listen. As Jay says, it's been quite a year for him. Definitely one of my favourite composers at the moment.

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