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Re: Top 200 Scores of the Century - #95 - 81
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• Posted by: Riley KZ
• Date: Friday, May 27, 2022, at 11:09 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Top 200 Scores of the Century - #95 - 81 (JBlough)

> Afterlife is still the only Simonsen score I've heard, unless we're
> counting all those Danna scores he did additional music for. Perhaps
> something to fix this or next year.

Way Back and Nerve are probably his best. Also, confusingly, The Way Way Back.

> Haven't heard this one, despite my rampant Arnold fandom.

> Definitely cheating, but hey, it's your list.

> I do feel your pain on differentiating though. Phantom Menace,
> Rise of Skywalker, and Last Jedi are #113-115 on my rankings
> (Force Awakens is decidedly superior in my book).

> Haven't heard most of Blanchard's work (shame on me). Love the film
> though.

Yeah movie is excellent - if you like it, then you’d love hearing the album stand alone.

> Very good album.

> I've always liked this score in parts but struggled to appreciate it as a
> whole. The recent expansion didn't alter that opinion.

> I'm with this website on at least one thing - the music really isn't all
> that Herrmann-esque.

I guess I mean that more so in tone than instrumentation or style (Herrmann would’ve had way more horns). Just the creepy, twitchy nature of it reminds me quite a bit of Psycho and the weirder parts of Marnie.

> Top 10 Elfman fore sure.

> A bit too homogeneous to be a classic for me (I'm slightly more partial to
> the more varied Last Legion), but it's still a tremendously
> entertaining work.

> This is a little too sparse of an album at times to be an outright
> classic, but it has some tremendous highs. I'd argue the score might be
> best experienced in the suite from Melodyphony.

Huh, haven’t heard of that one. Gonna give er a spin.

> I've become a bit more tolerant of 'simple music' since 2005 - and I've
> never actually heard the score standalone - but I can't see myself ever
> rating it this highly.

Give the stand-alone 30 min version a try. You might be surprised.

> Pretty much all that's keeping me from rating it this highly is the
> absence of a strong hero theme (at least on album). The score does focus
> on action and monsters - though thankfully those moments are excellent.

There is a hero theme, a really fun 10 note thing, I think it plays most prominently in the scene when he’s swinging across the bridge, bht yeah, I guess it could’ve been more pronounced and heard more often on album.

> I did a Silvestri rundown last year and my wife was struck by how
> impressively loud parts of this score were.

> THIS is definitely cheating.

My list my rules!!! Gets even stupider when I combine two Bournes but not the others haha.

> In 1-2 months I'm probably gonna listen to ASM2 for the first time.
> Ohhhhhh boy.

> I had to check if I actually used any of those words - but then I realized
> that was probably meant for Mr. Broxton.

Hahaha whoops, yeah, I was referring to his review which, if memory serves, was one of those “this kind of music is ruining the industry” type things. But done in a MUCH more polite and calm way than we usually see with those.

> One of those Burwell scores that definitely aided its film but left me
> cold on album. I wish I were more sophisticated enough to explain why.

“Cold” is an expression I use with literally every Burwell…except this one. Just find it such a beautiful, sad score.

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