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September - October 2021
9/25/21 T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous   (William Ross)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you were among the very few people who appreciated William Ross' score in the context of the putrid IMAX film, the music predictably workmanlike but better than expected.
Avoid it... if you expect highly original themes and instrumental styles from the career orchestrator, neither of which demanded of Ross for this humorously poor project.
9/20/21 The Land Before Time   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're enamored with James Horner's classically lyrical orchestral work for the animated children's film genre, because The Land Before Time is the gold standard by which all his other related scores would be compared.
Avoid it... if you expect the melodies and comparatively few action cues in this score to rival the rambunctious intensity of Horner's concurrent work for Willow.
9/15/21 Inchon   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you consider yourself a staunch collector of Jerry Goldsmith's works, because while Inchon is a decent composition with two alluring themes, its terrible recording nearly ruins the listening experience.
Avoid it... if you demand a truly vibrant and engaging representation of the war genre from an otherwise reliable Goldsmith, though the recording's performance errors and lingering distortion issues are mostly to blame for this score's ills.
9/10/21 War of the Worlds   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you appreciate John Williams' propulsive rhythmic figures and high standards of complexity of this era no matter the level of atonality or dissonance prevalent at nearly every moment of this bleak and challenging score.
Avoid it... if you prefer your Williams music to be easily digestible and feature memorable lines of thematic cohesion, a satisfying narrative arc, and an obvious concert arrangement.
9/5/21 The Last Castle   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if your heart can be stirred by the solemn and defiant merging of Jerry Goldsmith's complexly vengeful Rambo scores with echoes of trumpet performances from Patton.
Avoid it... if, despite an impressive tribute recording to the victims of September 11th, 2001, your primary interest in this score is based upon originality in construct and instrumentation, neither of which explored by Goldsmith in the work.
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