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1/8/17 Where the River Runs Black   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you seek a more cerebral variation on the synthetic environment of James Horner's score for Vibes, the panpipes and electronic choir providing pretty ambience for this score but not much more.
Avoid it... if you require more engagement from your listening experiences than a purely atmospheric collection of soft, jungle-inspired rhythms and free-floating, vaguely Latin melodies.
12/31/16 Starship Troopers   (Basil Poledouris)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you seek the most militaristically brutal and bombastic score of Basil Poledouris' career, an explosive and simplistic series of harsh action cues that mask an otherwise intelligently designed core of themes.
Avoid it... if the score's intentionally abrasive attitude and inability to really enunciate its secondary themes deter you from expanding upon an already large and representative collection of Poledouris' more intellectually stimulating music.
12/22/16 A Christmas Carol   (Alan Silvestri)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you've always loved the festive spirit of traditional carols and hymns at the holidays, because Alan Silvestri's score makes liberal use of half a dozen of these famous pieces to constitute the joyous (and now comical) half of this tired tale.
Avoid it... if it's summer wherever you are (or if you expect the twenty minutes of more interesting action and suspense material utilizing diverse instrumental and choral shades to compete favorably in the originality department, either).
12/11/16 Deadpool   (Tom Holkenborg)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you desire a faithful representation of the music you heard in the film, and even then, be prepared for a totally incoherent listening experience on either of the available albums.
Avoid it... if you expect any meaningful intelligence from Tom Holkenborg in the film's original score, a dull, uninspired merging of tired superhero atmosphere and intentionally insufferable retro synthetics.
12/3/16 Volcano   (Alan Silvestri)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you predictably enjoy all of Alan Silvestri's action scores, even those entries that stir up significant bombast in some passages without really establishing any unique qualifiers to grab your attention in the long-term.
Avoid it... if you are tired of formulaic and predictable action scores that essentially do not offer anything you haven't heard before, because Volcano has solid ingredients and a pair of decent themes, but they don't yield a memorable whole.
11/23/16 The Return of a Man Called Horse   (Laurence Rosenthal)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are among those who have been sitting on the LP release of this fine score for years and are curious about revisiting one of Laurence Rosenthal's most accomplished scores on either of its well-mastered CD releases.
Avoid it... if you've never been convinced of the philosophical viability of English-inspired romanticism merged with Native American chants, the combination here admirably handled but not overwhelmingly memorable.
11/14/16 Cutthroat Island   (John Debney)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you define your swashbuckling pirate music by the parameters of Hollywood's Golden Age and seek the one truly impressive translation of that sound to a masterful digital-era recording.
Avoid it... if loquacious bombast of relentless and dramatic orchestral and choral intensity, consistent in its massive scope over the course of two hours, is simply too much ruckus to tolerate (no matter the score's status as a modern classic).
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Jonathan Broxton - January 19, 2017, at 9:24 p.m.
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Soundtrack-Universe reviews Winter's War (Howard)
Soundtracker94 - January 19, 2017, at 6:29 p.m.
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Something from the Rogue One Review that kind of irks me...   Expand
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