This album contains some of the most beautiful music ever written. The melodies, especially in the brass choir and clarinet solos, though somber, and at times discordant, are NEVER restrained. They always seem maintain full direction and emotional intensity. Music is a way to convey emotion and feeling, it doesn't have to be brazen or even technical, perhaps it requires maturity to appreciate this type of work(I'm not presuming to be any more musically mature than anyone else; I disliked the score at first, but listening to it several times over, I've fallen in love with it). I'm going to defy popular opinion and say that I don't really care for Williams' action music, I think it tends to be somewhat cheesy (there are of course exceptions, I love the oringinal Star Wars Trilogy though most do). This is Williams at his best, I almost wish he weren't so popular so he wouldn't get caught doing the summer blockbusters and could work on films that have something more to say than simple entertainment. Not to digress to far, don't mislabel this work as "meandering", listen to how it flows and listen to what its saying, not what you expected it to say. Listen to it in the dark. This is a masterpiece, as is the film.