Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. The Lego Batman Movie
2. Fifty Shades Darker
3. Hidden Figures
4. La La Land
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
. . 1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
3. Titanic
4. Avatar
5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
6. Gladiator
7. Star Wars: A New Hope
8. Animal Farm
9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
. . 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
3. Willow
4. The Ghost and the Darkness
5. An American Tail
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for September, 2008:





9/30/08Thirteen Days: (Trevor Jones) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are prepared to appreciate an ambitious score that balances the nobility of leadership with the turbulence of fear in an orchestrally difficult, but impressive package.
Avoid it... if you expect nothing less than an overwhelmingly memorable theme to come from your large-scale Trevor Jones scores.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/28/08Simpatico: (Stewart Copeland) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are an avid collector of Stewart Copeland's more immensely percussive and depressingly atmospheric works.
Avoid it... if you expect a score that either impresses you with its instrumental creativity or maintains a satisfyingly consistent mood in its disturbing demeanor.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


9/26/08Mission: Impossible 2: (Hans Zimmer) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek twelve truly inspired minutes of beautiful acoustic guitar and vocalized highlights, courtesy of Heitor Pereira and Lisa Gerrard.
Avoid it... if you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, for Hans Zimmer's insultingly simplistic action music for synthesizers and electric guitars could make your lymph nodes swell up and cause a nasty skin rash.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


9/24/08Lover's Prayer: (Joel McNeely) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you're tired of typical period scores and seek an extremely intelligent entry that uses devious instrumental layering to elevate itself over the rest of the genre.
Avoid it... if any hint of classical influence in your scores reduces the "coolness" factor too far to compensate for an otherwise elegant maturation of Joel McNeely's John Williams-like sensibilities.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/23/08Liberty Heights: (Andrea Morricone) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you have always enjoyed the melodic romanticism of Ennio Morricone's light, dramatic works and wish to hear the first American score by his son, Andrea.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear any of the unconventional elements of the father's style in his son's early work, for Liberty Heights is as pleasant and relaxing as it gets.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/21/08The Legend of Bagger Vance: (Rachel Portman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek the ultimate maturation of Rachel Portman's elegant and graceful romantic writing, highlighted by the quantity of themes, the scope of instrumentation, and the intangible sense of mystical spirit.
Avoid it... if you've never understood what all the fuss is about regarding Portman's transparent and simplistic style for the dramatic genre.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


9/20/08Kimberly: (Basil Poledouris) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you've always had a soft spot for the Jerry Goldsmith scores for Joe Dante films and seek the best that Basil Poledouris had to offer during the later years of his career (when dumb comedy assignments were common).
Avoid it... if you can't face a stripped down, sparsely orchestrated version of Poledouris' soaring spirit for Wind surrounded by cute, contemporary pop rhythms.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/18/08How the Grinch Stole Christmas: (James Horner) - Expanded Review
Buy it... on the expanded promotional or bootlegged album only if you do not own the commercial product and consider yourself a die-hard Horner collector.
Avoid it... on the commercial album if only the twenty minutes of true highlights from the score on that product can't compensate for the rest of the album's irritating contents.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/15/08Gladiator: (Hans Zimmer and Co.) - Massively Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek fifteen to twenty minutes of beautifully ethereal music performed by Lisa Gerrard for the film's scenes involving the afterlife.
Avoid it... if you find Hans Zimmer's battle and fanfare music to be too electronically grating on the nerves or too obviously plagiarized to enjoy in any context.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/12/08Under Fire: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Expanded Review, with Additional New Album
Buy it... if you seek one of Jerry Goldsmith's top five career scores, a beautiful and engaging combination of seemingly incongruous ethnic sounds handled with both care and crafty intelligence.
Avoid it... only if you're among the few deranged individuals on the planet who continue to protest the use of pan pipes (or customized PVC pipes from a local store, in this case) to incorrectly represent the culture of Nicaragua.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


9/11/08Twilight Zone: (Various) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek a definitive collection of original music from the "Twilight Zone" television series on a finely crafted 4-CD set.
Avoid it... if neither the series nor its archival sound in parts are of any interest to you, or if you seek the set specifically for the unspectacular Jerry Goldsmith selections.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/10/08The Towering Inferno and Other Disaster Classics: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek thirty minutes of outstanding re-recorded performances of The Towering Inferno, Independence Day, Twister, and The Swarm.
Avoid it... if you're placing high hopes on the suite from Titanic or are discouraged by the lesser quality of the three original recordings thrown into the middle of the compilation.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/9/08Themes from The Phantom Menace and Other Film Hits: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek a taste of many of Varese Sarabande's major 1999 albums without being forced to purchase each original score in its entirety.
Avoid it... if you prefer Varese's mid-90's compilations that were comprised of re-recordings almost in their entirety.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/8/08Music from the Cinema: Volume 1: (Nicola Piovani) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you fondly recall the Oscar-winning score to Life is Beautiful and seek a decent sampler of Nicola Piovani works from the previous decade.
Avoid it... if Piovani's distinctly Italian style of intimate, rhythmic romanticism is predictably irritating to your more melodramatically-inclined sensibilities.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/7/08Miklós Rózsa at M-G-M: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are either a collector of Miklós Rózsa's scores and/or seek one of the most spectacular compilations of original recordings ever presented to the soundtrack community.
Avoid it... only if you have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the scores of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


9/6/08Watch the Skies: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are a fan of John Beal, Alien-related music, or seek Elliot Goldenthal's Roswell title piece as the hidden gem of the album.
Avoid it... if you already own most of this album's major orchestral performances on other products that had already released the same cover versions.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/5/08The Snow Files: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you've heard only snippets of Mark Snow's diverse, non-X-Files related talents through the years and seek a very competent and enjoyable presentation of his better efforts of the 1990's.
Avoid it... if you strictly prefer the original performances of Snow's more ambient, atmospheric styles.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/4/08Evergreen: Music from the Films of Barbra Streisand: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek the cheery, romantic atmosphere inherent in the orchestral variations on the themes from Barbra Streisand's films.
Avoid it... if nothing less than hearing Streisand's voice on her own material will do.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/3/08Dr. Strangelove: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you are a devoted follower of Stanley Kubrick's films and can fondly remember most of the included selections on this album in each respective film.
Avoid it... if you are a film score collector who regularly purchases Silva Screen's re-recorded compilations based on the consistency of quality in their selection of music.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


9/2/08John Barry: Zulu: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you're tired of hearing John Barry collections with the same tired themes and seek a truly intellectual collection of the composer's more obscure works performed very accurately in vibrant stereo.
Avoid it... if those tired themes are the only reason you enjoy Barry's work, for his older and relatively unknown efforts like the ones on this set fail to muster the same dramatic interest.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/1/08Close Encounters: The Essential John Williams Collection: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek a competent and well-performed 2-CD collection of crisply re-recorded themes spanning John Williams' outstanding career.
Avoid it... if you own several other Silva Screen compilations that contain a significant portion of the contents also included on this set.
Rating:****   Read the entire review







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