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2/7/16 Pocahontas   (Alan Menken)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you do not maintain a complete collection of Alan Menken's music for Disney animation of the 1990's and seek one with abnormally consistent melodic and instrumental quality and a convincingly spiritual heart.
Avoid it... if you prefer Menken's musical numbers of show-stopping grandeur or comedy and slapstick material in both the songs and score, neither of which emphasized on this more even-keeled, dramatic entry.
1/14/16 Sicario   (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
All New Review
Buy it... if you crave the experience of being tortured by sound effects repackaged as "music," Jóhann Jóhannsson's intentionally brutal, ambient score certain to disrupt any good mood.
Avoid it... even if you approach this score under the impression that there is intelligence behind its instrumental applications, because Sicario is a surprisingly ordinary work even under the microscope.
1/10/16 Edward Scissorhands   (Danny Elfman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you don't mind ultra-expressive scores that aggressively jerk the tears right out of you, for Edward Scissorhands is perhaps the most impressively tragic fairy tale score of the digital era.
Avoid it... if subtlety or minimalism is your preferred method of introspection, because restraint is the last word a person could use to describe the overwhelming emotional appeal of this music.
1/4/16 Toy Story   (Randy Newman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the original album if you desire the affable songs from the film and can overlook the inconsistencies of style and structure that exist in the highlighted arrangement of the slapstick underscore.
Avoid it... if Randy Newman's fluffy, optimistic songs and scores seem childish and repetitive to you no matter the context, in which you should especially avoid the longer 2015 presentation that is recommended only for Newman collectors.
12/27/15 Ladyhawke   (Andrew Powell)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you still have big hair and can't get enough of that sickeningly upbeat, early-80's Alan Parsons Project keyboard and guitar sound, in this case paired with often meek orchestral consolation to the topic of this film.
Avoid it... on any album if you were as horrified by the inappropriateness of the score in the film as 98% of the public, for the expanded presentations on successive products for Ladyhawke only extend the agony further.
12/13/15 Outbreak   (James Newton Howard)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you consistently enjoy James Newton Howard's diverse percussion work and more muscular action material, both of which presented well on the 2015 expanded set of music from this film.
Avoid it... on the original 1995 album at all costs, because much of the memorable action material that compensates for the score's weak thematic stance is missing from that short commercial release.
12/5/15 A.I. Artificial Intelligence   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're intrigued by a score so emotionally conflicted that it is almost too bittersweet to love but too lovely to ignore, in which case the full 2015 set is an undeniable attraction for your intellectual consideration.
Avoid it... if you were offended by the bleak outlook on humanity exhibited in the film's harrowingly illogical plot, for John Williams accentuates the contrast between love and despair with melodrama that nearly crushes the score with its own weight.
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Craig Richard Lysy - February 8, 2016, at 8:25 p.m.
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I love when a theme or melody plays off in your head out of nowhere.   Expand
Boden Steiner - February 8, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
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Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Spot the Composers   Expand
Michael Arlidge - February 8, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
13 messages  (173 views) - Newest: February 9, 2016, at 5:34 a.m. by Washu
The biggest problem with Zimmer's superhero scores   Expand
Steven P. - February 8, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
12 messages  (236 views) - Newest: February 9, 2016, at 5:05 a.m. by Bernhard H. Heidkamp
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory trailer music   Expand
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