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First Man
(2018)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Justin Hurwitz
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Back Lot Music
(October 12th, 2018)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... only if you connected with Justin Hurwitz's mostly ambient, introspective score in context and are therefore prepared for the somber and sparse atmosphere he brings to the film's highly personal drama.

Avoid it... if you expect the score to raise the dramatic appeal of the film, the music instead serving in a secondary role as an underplayed bystander outside of a few fully symphonic cues of a derivative nature.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,928
WRITTEN 1/28/19
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First Man: (Justin Hurwitz) Despite all the heroic accolades bestowed upon American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the man's personal life was not at peace during his years of space travel. The 2018 movie First Man examines Armstrong's inner demons during the period of his life leading up to the famed Apollo 11 mission on which he became the first man to set foot on the moon. His relationship with his wife was never the warmest (the two would eventually divorce), but the loss of his two-year-old daughter had the most lasting impact on the man and, for a while, potentially interfered with his concentration on NASA missions. At one time a project for Clint Eastwood, First Man was ultimately directed by Damien Chazelle, and his intense concentration on Armstrong's personal journey rather than emphasizing the accomplishments of NASA and America made the movie a target for criticism going all the way up to Donald J. Trump, who, in trademark ridiculous fashion, denounced the film by refusing to watch it. While First Man earned widespread praise from critics, the political backlash may have yielded the lower-than-expected audience turnout. The intimate character portion of the film may have proven too intense or dissatisfying for some viewers, and this personality carries over directly to the score for the movie by Justin Hurwitz. After the Chazelle and Hurwitz collaboration on La La Land produced countless awards and mainstream hype two years earlier, expectations for the relatively novice composer on the dramatic historical space story were varied. There was never any consideration that this assignment could compete with James Horner's genre-defining classic, Apollo 13, despite similar topics and depictions. But the comparisons are inevitable and, in some ways, necessary, the composers' approach to the horrors and stresses of space flight and the risky but rewarding triumph of survival not automatically demanding unique perspectives. The lack of patriotism in First Man is overwhelming, NASA itself afforded a persevering theme but the more momentous material, anchored by two or three distracting temp-track emulations, fall outside of the dominant personality of the score. Hurwitz clearly sought to provide a highly introspective and personal accompaniment for Armstrong and his wife on this journey, and the results are touching at times, adequate in most parts, and sadly insufficient in depth for much of it.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 68:15
• 1. X-15 (1:23)
• 2. Good Engineer (1:07)
• 3. Karen (0:46)
• 4. Armstrong Cabin (1:16)
• 5. Another Egghead (1:05)
• 6. It'll Be an Adventure (0:41)
• 7. Houston (2:16)
• 8. Multi-Axis Trainer (2:54)
• 9. Baby Mark (0:48)
• 10. Lunar Rhapsody - performed by Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman (3:04)
• 11. First to Dock (1:28)
• 12. Elliot (0:29)
• 13. Sextant (1:46)
• 14. Squawk Box (1:55)
• 15. Searching for the Aegena (1:51)
• 16. Docking Waltz (3:23)
• 17. Spin (1:15)
• 18. Naha Rescue 1 (1:05)
• 19. Pat and Janet (1:34)
• 20. The Armstrongs (2:26)
• 21. I Oughta Be Getting Home/Plugs Out (1:11)
• 22. News Report (0:43)
• 23. Dad's Fine (1:04)
• 24. Whitey on the Moon - performed by Leon Bridges (1:48)
• 25. Neil Packs (1:26)
• 26. Contingency Statement (1:57)
• 27. Apollo 11 Launch (5:50)
• 28. Translunar (1:02)
• 29. Moon (1:07)
• 30. Tunnel (0:52)
• 31. The Landing (5:32)
• 32. Moon Walk (1:30)
• 33. Home (1:52)
• 34. Crater (2:00)
• 35. Quarantine (2:15)
• 36. End Credits (4:19)
• 37. Sep Ballet (Bonus Track) (1:17)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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