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5/12/21 The Karate Kid   (Bill Conti)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any of the Varèse Sarabande or La-La Land Records albums for the popular franchise if you are a devoted enthusiast of either the films or Bill Conti's distinctive blend of symphonic and contemporary tones typical to the era.
Avoid it... if you expect the ethnic influence in these scores to shake the stylistic habits and overarching tone that equally define the composer's Rocky scores as dated and repetitious.
5/4/21 Solo: A Star Wars Story   (John Powell/John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek proof that "Star Wars" music can thrive brilliantly after the exit of John Williams from the stage, John Powell providing an extremely satisfying career highlight that successfully blends the undeniable Williams' legacy with his own best mannerisms.
Avoid it... if you expect this score to cure your toenail fungus, because there's no rational reason for any film music collector to shun this magnificent work.
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