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8/8/20 Iron Will   (Joel McNeely)
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Buy it... if wholesome children's adventure music for dynamic orchestral tonality is a predictable winner for you, Joel McNeely offering several strong themes and a compelling narrative in this score.
Avoid it... if temp track emulation severely bothers you in every instance, for John Williams and Bruce Broughton are extremely (and sometimes obnoxiously) clear inspirations for nearly every facet of this work.
7/31/20 Star Trek   (Michael Giacchino)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have forgiven Michael Giacchino for boldly going to a style of striking action and simplistically obvious main theme that totally refreshed the musical style of the franchise.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear any satisfying semblance of fantasy or the heart of tradition in Giacchino's first "Star Trek" score or if you desire an album release that represents the choral mixes you hear in the film.
7/24/20 Minority Report   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have no qualms about John Williams looking for inspiration in the noir scores of yesteryear for a futuristic thriller, even if that technique yields music less interesting than it could have been.
Avoid it... especially on the longer album option if you purchase Williams' scores simply for their typical harmonic resonance, because Minority Report is short on thematic appeal and long on dissonant suspense.
1/19/20 Bram Stoker's Dracula   (Wojciech Kilar)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if blatantly morbid melodrama of the highest order, complete with excessively pounding percussive rhythms, brooding bass strings, and bloated choral chanting, is the quickest path to the darker corners of your heart.
Avoid it... if the grandest gothic tone and genuinely Eastern European style of the mythical vampire genre doesn't impress you unless all of its components are assembled in a tightly cohesive and functional whole.
12/29/19 Lonesome Dove   (Basil Poledouris)
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Buy it... if you enjoy the folksy rhythms behind many of Basil Poledouris' dramatic and Western-styled themes and are interested in what's widely considered to be one of the most effective television scores of all time.
Avoid it... if you have difficulty appreciating conceptually large scores performed by undersized ensembles or if you don't care for the subsequently related score for Quigley Down Under.
12/15/19 Alien 3   (Elliot Goldenthal)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you enjoyed the music's awkwardly experimental textures in the film itself and are thus already well aware of (and prepared for) Elliot Goldenthal's avant-garde, post-modern styles at work.
Avoid it... if you found that the score strove for a doomed balance between frenzied, obnoxious horror and misplaced religious romanticism in context; the 2018 album's presentation offers an extremely muted and constricted mix of that recording.
11/30/19 Die Hard   (Michael Kamen)
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Buy it... only if you are a diehard fan of the movie and seek one of its collectible albums in order to hear the music that Michael Kamen originally intended for the film before the recording was butchered in the final editing process.
Avoid it... if you expect the few moments of memorable, original material you recall from this soundtrack in context to compensate for an otherwise mundane composition and unsatisfying sound quality on all albums except the superior 2018 set.
10/9/19 Superman   (John Williams)
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Buy it... on both the 1998 Varese Sarabande re-recording and the 2019 La-La Land Records set for the highest-quality presentations of one of John Williams' most memorable and classic scores.
Avoid it... on any of the releases of the original recording prior to 2019 if you are deterred by the archival, analog sound quality that long restricted the dynamic range of Williams' composition and often varies from track to track.
8/15/19 Apollo 13   (James Horner)
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Buy it... on the comprehensive, 2019 Intrada album if you own only a handful of James Horner's scores and are in search of the composer at his very best, Apollo 13 exhibiting an exemplary sense of historical patriotism and tension.
Avoid it... if the understated respect that Horner conveys in his rather short score for this film doesn't appeal to your need for more lavishly melodramatic efforts from other works during that fruitful period of his career.
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