And the leitmotif leaves a lot to be desired. Kiner's new themes are total snoozers. Williams's themes are used sparingly and inconsistently, and it seems like Kiner didn't really care about thematic continuity; that is, you'll hear bits of "Lando's Palace" and "Mos Eisley Spaceport" but no Emperor's theme.
If you guys hate it, I must love it.
See, the weird thing is, is that it sounds like Kiner has some talent, but you go from a weird version of the main theme (not necessarily bad, just so different that doesn't compute as a main title for Star Wars), to somewhat more traditional but still not exactly Star Wars action/intensity underscoring (again, not necessarily bad, SOTE being a precedent, although a much better one), to the outright rock (WRONG!!!!) of "Obi-Wan to the Rescue," and some jazz lounge music in a later sample, and from the few samples I've heard, it's almost starting to sound like a demo disc to show what he can do. If the samples are any real gauge of the album as a whole, it seems to me that it would be a wildly inconsistent listen. It's certainly not making me any more excited for the "movie," that's for sure.
Clemmenson made a good point in his review that the music doesn't feel out of this world, and this is especially apparent in the typical source cues.