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4/13/21 Mission: Impossible   (Danny Elfman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you specifically recall Danny Elfman's highly rhythmic, starkly toned, and percussive dissonance in the film itself and can forgive its diminished thematic accessibility.
Avoid it... if you expect either significant use of Lalo Schifrin's original main theme for the television show or a similar expression of cool, jazzy style in Elfman's surprisingly prickly and unpleasant score.
4/5/21 Aquaman   (Rupert Gregson-Williams/Various)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you can power down your brain long enough to appreciate a rowdy, entertaining blend of Hans Zimmer methodology, Alan Silvestri heroics, and Vangelis synthetics in a melodically rich exposition of flair.
Avoid it... on either of the albums if you expect a satisfying presentation of the music you heard in the film, important score cues missing or the arrangement defying the narrative while supplying the more atrocious moments from outside contributors.
3/28/21 Monsignor   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you desire every last, fleeting piece of John Williams majesty from the most memorable time in his career, Monsignor a score of individual melodramatic highlights without a cohesive personality.
Avoid it... if you would be surprised to hear Williams collect a score's components in haste and apply three completely unrelated themes to a terrible film that could have used a dose of the composer's knack for capturing the true spirit of a tale.
3/20/21 The Goonies   (Dave Grusin)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you love the logic-defying spirit of adventure in the film, a reflection of which is heard in Dave Grusin's haphazard, genre-defying score.
Avoid it... if a poorly conceived combination of John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Max Steiner sensibilities in music that was butchered upon editing into the film doesn't appeal to your quest for highly cohesive fantasy music of convincing depth.
3/12/21 Ghostbusters   (Elmer Bernstein)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2006 Varèse Sarabande album for the most well-rounded, albeit incomplete presentation of Elmer Bernstein's quirky score.
Avoid it... on the score-only albums if you're among most mainstream listeners who want only the songs, in which case the 2006 Arista re-release is for you.
3/4/21 Project X   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are a devoted enthusiast of James Horner's career and seek his works that sustain interest via their ethnic atmosphere despite translating into underwhelming album experiences.
Avoid it... if you expect the music to present extended sequences of fluid thematic statements or orchestration that hasn't existed in several other related Horner scores from the same period.
2/24/21 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 Varèse Sarabande's extensive, 2-CD expansion of the score in 2017.
2/15/21 The House With a Clock in its Walls   (Nathan Barr)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you appreciate diverse fantasy instrumentation emphasizing treble ranges, this score's resurrection of an authentic Wurlitzer organ impressive in parts but leaving a nagging feeling of incompleteness in its dainty mix.
Avoid it... if you demand a resounding fantasy soundscape for this topic, Nathan Barr's affable and spirited emulation of vintage Danny Elfman music engaging in parts but underplayed in much of its length.
2/2/21 Masters of the Universe   (Bill Conti)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you enjoy the bravado of any ambitious, large-scale variation on Gustav Holst's "The Planets" and John Williams' similar adaptations of the era.
Avoid it... if you hold the music from the original television show true to your heart, for Bill Conti ignores its established themes and offers a hopelessly optimistic score that fails to adequately address the creative range of the concept.
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