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Comments about the soundtrack for Sicario (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

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A More Objective Take
• Posted by: KillerDiller   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
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Okay, the comments section here is garbage. Let's try and elevate the discussion a little bit.

I love this website because no one else takes the time to put such effort into score reviewing like FT does. His articles are often insightful and interesting to read, with lots of subtle knowledge that is missing elsewhere.

That being said, I think this site really severely misses the ball when it comes to modern scores. I'm not so much talking about Zimmer scores, where FT's repeated criticism of 'volume over substance' is not always without merit - I am more talking about scores like Henry Jackman's Winter Soldier score and most specifically, this above review.

It is my opinion that this score is one of the most powerful of the year. Even if one disagrees about its listenability on a CD, the paltry two-star rating it was given for the movie is a shame. The relentless, Jaws-style droning of tracks like 'The Beast' and 'The Border' really heighten the ocean-like depth of the landscape and the impotence of our main characters in the film. I very much believe the 'Frisbee' rating was overblown, as this score is certainly listenable, even enjoyable - though certainly, not to put one's self in a happy, cheery mood. If that was the point of all music, why invent grunge?

I can't say I have the time nor the willpower to pick up online film score reviewing as a hobby, and so I appreciate this site for what is is: another opinion to base my own off of. Keep on keeping on, but maybe with a little more of an open mind towards where film scores are evolving in the modern-day.

My two cents?

As heard in the film: *****
As on CD: ***
Overall: ****

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