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May/June 2018
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.
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