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5/20/18 The Silence of the Lambs   (Howard Shore)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on either album option if you want to spend an hour looking over your shoulder, because few scores are as consistently unnerving as Howard Shore's morbidly dramatic The Silence of the Lambs.
Avoid it... if you expect this score to accomplish much more than establish a suspenseful mood, for its structures really aren't that complicated when studied apart from the oppressive attitude of their performance.
5/12/18 Rambo III   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you'd be interested in a more emotionally varied and accessibly ethnic alternative to the domineering action material written by Jerry Goldsmith for the previous two films.
Avoid it... if you expect sustained passages of the same superior rhythmic pacing and thematic bombast of Rambo: First Blood Part II in the equivalent action pieces of Rambo III.
5/4/18 Dreamcatcher   (James Newton Howard)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are loyal to James Newton Howard's sense for tense, ambient suspense in a heavily electronic realm, unnerving textures yielding to dissonant orchestral crashes after every few minutes of stewing, synthetic atmosphere.
Avoid it... on the original 2003 album if you are expecting to hear a satisfyingly representative presentation of the score's music, for several highlights were not available on album until Varese Sarabande's extensive, 2-CD expansion of the score in 2017.
4/23/18 The Lost World: Jurassic Park   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you can dismiss this score's positioning in a franchise and therefore appreciate John Williams' most violently brutal, percussively rhythmic score of the digital age, one led by several monstrously propulsive cues of rambling, exotic power.
Avoid it... if you expect this sequel score to make satisfyingly intelligent use of the classic themes and secondary motifs from Jurassic Park, an unnecessary executive choice that makes this score an impressive but disappointing shadow of its predecessor.
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.
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