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5/26/16 Jaws 2   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have lost patience with the original Jaws score's famous themes and want to hear them integrated into a strong set of fresh and surprisingly optimistic new ideas from John Williams for this sequel.
Avoid it... if you live and die by the two-note rhythmic motif representing the shark, because Williams applies the idea in less frequent and far less intelligent ways in the sequel.
5/21/16 Jaws   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the impressive 2015 2-CD set if you seek to conduct a definitive study of one of the most effective film scores of all time, or on the immense 2000 re-recording if you want to hear that classic music translated decently into contemporary sound quality.
Avoid it... on all the albums if you recognize, like many John Williams collectors do, that this remains a great score only truly appreciable in the context of the film, a challenging listening experience on album for merely casual entertainment.
5/14/16 Cocoon: The Return   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you are absolutely in love with the music from Cocoon, because this sequel score is largely a regurgitation of nearly every moment from that stronger work.
Avoid it... if you're expecting to hear James Horner take the franchise's sound in a fresh new direction, despite the extensive infusion of more vintage jazz into the equation.
5/9/16 Executive Decision   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the expanded 2016 album if you enjoy all forms of Jerry Goldsmith's brass-led, predictably procedural action music, even if it is highly derivative of his other action works and lacking in many truly engaging instrumental applications.
Avoid it... if you don't need to hear Goldsmith on auto-pilot in a recording that is oddly flat in ambience, and especially avoid the original 1996 product that omitted many of the composer's more nuanced ideas for the work.
5/4/16 Indecent Proposal   (John Barry)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you apologize for even John Barry's most mundane 1980's and 1990's regurgitation in the romantic drama genre, a style of music without any distinctive variation in Indecent Proposal.
Avoid it... if your already sufficient collection of Barry's music negates your need for endless repetition of soft, pleasing phrases and a stubborn adherence to tired instrumental patterns that fail to capture any of the agony, tension, and passion inherent in this film's plot.
4/29/16 Total Recall   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you continue to admire Jerry Goldsmith's top-notch, energetic, cohesive action and fantasy material that is saturated with his trademark rhythmic and instrumental flair of the 1980's and 1990's.
Avoid it... if you prefer an earlier generation of Goldsmith action that didn't rely as heavily on such considerable synthetic accompaniment to the orchestra, the electronics a pivotal component of the fantasy atmosphere in this entry.
4/24/16 The Pagemaster   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the improved 2015 album if there is no limit to your patience with James Horner in his tendency to regurgitate material in his children's scores of the late 1980's and early 1990's.
Avoid it... if you have already tested the waters in Horner's ventures into the animated genre and you found nothing of interest in superior highlights like An American Tail and The Land Before Time.
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