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January/February 2017
2/26/17 Lost in Space   (Bruce Broughton)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on either of the Intrada Records score-only albums if you generally support the label's efforts to promote Bruce Broughton's career and appreciate even the composer's less inspired action material.
Avoid it... on the 1998 TVT Soundtrax album at all costs, for it serves very little purpose other than to taunt the film score community with its wretched collection of songs.
2/20/17 Joe Versus the Volcano   (Georges Delerue)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're enamored by each of Georges Delerue's highly melodic romance scores, for Joe Versus the Volcano is among his last great genre entries in a career sadly cut short.
Avoid it... if you have only a casual interest in Delerue's highly predictable styles, because the unyieldingly optimistic whimsy of the composer's techniques could potentially test your patience.
1/28/17 The Shawshank Redemption   (Thomas Newman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are among the Thomas Newman collectors who prefer the composer's sincere, stately melodies and expertly layered orchestral constructs.
Avoid it... if not even one of Newman's most effective and popular scores in the orchestral realm can compete with your preference for his more common, instrumentally eclectic and synthetic techniques.
1/22/17 Big Trouble in Little China   (John Carpenter/Alan Howarth)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you enjoy an enduring taste for synthetic rock scores of the 1980's and revel in their inherently shameless cheesiness.
Avoid it... if you have no love at all for the body of musical work from John Carpenter during this period of time, for this score reflects the best and worst of his badly dated style.
1/8/17 Where the River Runs Black   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you seek a more cerebral variation on the synthetic environment of James Horner's score for Vibes, the panpipes and electronic choir providing pretty ambience for this score but not much more.
Avoid it... if you require more engagement from your listening experiences than a purely atmospheric collection of soft, jungle-inspired rhythms and free-floating, vaguely Latin melodies.
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