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4/14/18 Jurassic Park   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are prepared for a superior John Williams crossover score that connects the high-flying fantasy of his early 1980's triumphs with the more complex rhythms, instrumentation, and density of his 1990's works.
Avoid it... on the heavily rearranged edits of the score for the 1993 and 2013 albums if you can obtain the 2016 set that finally offers the complete, chronological presentation of this large-scale adventure and horror classic.
4/3/18 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves   (Michael Kamen)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the outstanding 2018 expanded album if you seek a comprehensive presentation of this flawed but occasionally highly entertaining score, a work highlighted by a memorable title fanfare and fine orchestral interpolations of the melody from the famous Bryan Adams song for the film.
Avoid it... if you expect the whole of Michael Kamen's music to soar with any sense of convincing swashbuckling spirit or, quite frankly, if you demand a decent performance and recording mix for a score that deserved far better execution.
3/17/18 Filmtracks announces its 2017 award nominees and winners
Filmtracks celebrates the best film music of 2017 with its annual nominees and winners in the categories of "Top Film Scores," "Top Composers," and "Top Film Cues." The nominees for "Top Film Scores" in 2017 are:
Beauty and the Beast  (Alan Menken)
Bitter Harvest  (Benjamin Wallfisch)
Murder on the Orient Express  (Patrick Doyle)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi  (John Williams)
Viceroy's House  (A.R. Rahman)
Visit the 2017 Awards section to view the winners (and other categories). For more information about these awards or to view the results from previous years, browse the Filmtracks Awards index page.
3/9/18 Bitter Harvest   (Benjamin Wallfisch)
All New Review
Buy it... if you desire respectfully ethnic, romantically longing music for a challenging depiction of genocide, Benjamin Wallfisch supplying conservative but very well executed dramatic melodicism for this otherwise disastrous film.
Avoid it... if you require your orchestral and vocal melodrama to strike a more imposing posture for a historical tragedy, this score seemingly content to explore the majority of its themes without the overwhelming weight the topic might have demanded to engage otherwise bored audiences.
3/2/18 Viceroy's House   (A.R. Rahman)
All New Review
Buy it... if you do not doubt A.R. Rahman's ability to record a lovely and heartfelt merging of Western orchestra and Indian instrumentation and vocals for a highly lyrical and accessibly dramatic experience.
Avoid it... on the score-only album if you seek the credits' song interpolation of the score's main themes or on screen if you expect Rahman's music to be applied with satisfying consistency of presence in context.
2/21/18 The X-Files   (Mark Snow)
Updated Review, With Additional Albums
Buy it... on the comprehensive 2011, 2013, and 2016 4-CD sets spanning all of the seasons of Mark Snow's impressive contributions to the concept if you desire most of the noteworthy and prominent cues heard within the context of the show.
Avoid it... on those pricey sets and instead seek the 1996 single-CD release if you have no interest in the more dynamic, humorous, and strikingly beautiful music from the show's later seasons and instead want the darker, atonal, and atmospheric music from the first three seasons.
2/9/18 Twister   (Mark Mancina)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the vastly superior 2017 album presentation if you enjoy adventurous symphonic/electronic hybrid scores of significant bravado, for Twister is one of the more rousing entries in the disaster genre.
Avoid it... on the badly arranged 1996 album at all costs or if you can never accept the idea of wailing electric guitars interspersed with Aaron Copland-inspired Americana spirit in this context.
2/1/18 Cliffhanger   (Trevor Jones)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you, like most film score fans, are mesmerized by Trevor Jones' most majestic title themes of noble brass and high strings and seek a robust action score to go with that identity.
Avoid it... if you found nothing attractive in Jones' dominant title theme for Last of the Mohicans, a very close cousin to that of Cliffhanger, and be careful to steer clear of the 2011 Intrada album's awkward re-mixing of the score.
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