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Richard Penna

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  1. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I definitely felt it wasn't going to be Wyatt Earp style.  JNH seems to have largely moved away from big sweeping, melodic scoring for dramas.

     

    His scores for drama movies in recet years such as Pawn Sacrifice and Roman J Israel (that's a good film) really haven't done anything for me, but along comes what appears to be a gritty western, and it's more engaging. However, I tend to like modern westerns, such as the Magnificent Seven remake.

  2. Fair enough, that's your personal assessment, but it doesn't factor in to a general suggestion that the sound might be improved, as it often is.

     

    On 10/24/2020 at 1:57 PM, Thor said:

    Great score, but I've ever only owned it in digital file format. Hopefully, this new release means that I can get the ol' OST CD to a cheap price -- if and when I decide to get it physically. That's an unexpected benefit of these expansions, I guess -- that people load off their old releases for people like me.

     

    If one of the labels re-released some long OOP album wth the original program, and added a handful of tracks at the end for completists, would you buy that? Has Intrada's 'score/extras' model appealed to you as a concept at all?

     

    I picture you being someone who can't stand extra tracks even existing on a CD you buy (no matter how segregated they are), whereas really it's a way for the label to make both camps happy.

  3. On 10/24/2020 at 1:57 PM, Thor said:

    Great score, but I've ever only owned it in digital file format. Hopefully, this new release means that I can get the ol' OST CD to a cheap price -- if and when I decide to get it physically. That's an unexpected benefit of these expansions, I guess -- that people load off their old releases for people like me.

     

    If they've only added one cue, can't you just buy the new one? You'll get better sound too.

     

    If you really don't like the added track, just remove it from your playlist. That's something everyone has to do when we're not interested in alternates/demos, etc.

     

    It's annoying that a composer chooses to put almost the entire score on a release, especally if it's arranged for listening as Horner does. If they're sufficiently happy with their work to release all but 15 minutes (and especialy if it's one continuous 15 minutes), just put the 15 minutes on and please their fans :)

  4. Yeah, the Skull theme does little for me either. I mean, the A-section is a nice spooky motif, but the B-section loses it, and it starts meandering.

     

    I don't like Irina's theme either. Ironically, I actually enjoy the second part of Journey to Akator more than most of the score, and that's not good.

     

    That's before you get to the utter snoozefest that is almost all of tracks 11-15.

  5. 14 hours ago, WampaRat said:

    I guess it begs the question, are you able to listen and enjoy a score and completely divorce it from its film?

     

    Some of my favourite scores are for films I've never seen.

     

    Anyway, TFA is way better than KotCS. The latter really only has a few highlights for me, and I have a feeling that even Jungle Chase wouldn't have the reputation it does now if JW had put the whole thing on the album to begin with.

     

    TFA isn't perfect, but there's more to consistently enjoy, and it's a better film by miles.

  6. 15 hours ago, Jay said:
    1. 7M45 Parting Ways = 32D Maul's Call / Parting Ways | was not on OST

     

    That's the bit that confused me at first in the breakdown - I assume that's the bit with the low key version of Han's theme as they bring the <name of chemical stuff>. I thought... I'm pretty sure that's not on the album.

     

    Normally I'd have been disappointed that it wasn't on the OST, but I watched the film about a week or so after this announcement.

  7. On 10/16/2020 at 2:20 PM, mstrox said:

    Hush is great!  I tend to find that the Newton Bros stuff works very well/effectively in films, but on album not so much - it's a lot of droning-type support of scenes.  The Hill House album was a whole season of highlights condensed, and I think it's their best work to listen to outside of the film. 

     

    I also love all of Flanagan's work, including the aforementioned 

     

    I find that most of this type of scoring could be achieved very easy just using some library music. Most typical horror/psychological scores like this aren't really adding much to the existing scoring world, IMO.

     

    What I'm usually after, in true Thor-fashion, is the highlights, where the composer's actually come up with something interesting for the odd moment here and there. Of course, which moments those are, are unpredictable, so you want all (or most) of the music to start with.

  8. I'd be surprised if #3 got the same treatment, as I understand the album is nearly complete as it is, and I think it plays really well.

     

    Definitely want one for #2, especially as someone mentioned that they thought that the FYC wasn't complete. The fact that Solo is getting a complete release so soon after it first came out gives promise that perhaps we could at least get a digital version.

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