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Hard Rain by Christopher Young: After the cool dramatic main title theme this score becomes a non-stop action piece with just a few moments of respite in between all the kinetic action cues which can be a bit exhausting. While competent this isn't exactly the most pulse pounding foot tapping actioner in terms of memorability. Sadly there is also no end title or satisfying finale as the score just comes to a halt after the last action track and the obligatory end credits song is tacked at the end (which I never listen to). Still the work shows off Young's versatility but doesn't rise above 3½ star rating.

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Mandy by Johann Johannsson

 

Good stuff. It's essentially a dreamy synth-scape with touches of 80s industrial grunge, guitar and drumkit calling cards. Maybe the album is a little longer than it needs to be, but still a treat and a reminder of how singular a voice we lost with Johannsson.

 

Oh, and this is pretty much an anti-JWFan score.

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Castle Rock by Thomas Newman

 

It's only really a handful of cues, and it's largely meandering underscore, but he does seem to channel an edgier sound than the usual brand of "blah" Newman we've been getting in recent years. Though I guess that shouldn't necessarily be mistaken for interesting music.

 

 

 

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This is pretty lovely, actually. I was always fairly bored with Cocoon's listening, so I'm pleasantly surprised this is engaging my ears. I don't have any argument for one being better than the other, I suppose it's merely a matter of what's being done with the same ingredients this time around.

I'm happy the new release includes the album, since this has sounded like a fine presentation to me. Funny he would use the rhumba later in his Roger Rabbit score.

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:music: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II by Alex Desplat. Such a frustrating experience. You see, the vast majority of material is actually very solid. But it is also so scattershot that you can't help to think that Desplat had a hard time fulfilling the film's demands. Looks like there were too many cooks - make it to sound like Williams, Zimmer and god-knows-what-else in between. Such a shame, the ideas in isolation promised a much better result.

 

Karol 

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate by Austin Wintory: I love the chamber music dimensions of this score and how despite of it Wintory still manages to write highly energetic, witty, atmospheric and memorable music for a game about hooded acrobatic assassins running through the 19th century London. The composer took the epoch's musical style very much to heart with the small ensemble which might have been playing in the salons of the well-to-do citizens or at soirees of the time and combined these string forces with piano, synths, voices, percussion and trumpets for a delightful romp that I find myself returning to time and time again.

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Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones (Complete Edit) by John Williams: Man I love this score. Sure it is quite departure from the usual Star Wars with all the percussion and purely kinetic action and whatnot but to my ears it all has aged really well and the Across the Stars love theme is nothing to sneer at.

 

:music: Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith (Complete Edit) by John Williams

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