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  1. A new review:

    Отряд Таганок (Otryad Taganok/Taganok Squad) - Kamil Abdullin

    https://reelmusic.wordpress.com/2021/11 … -abdullin/

    A score from a 2021 Russian family adventure movie. A short album that has a couple of good main themes and paired with action scoring that reminds me of Danny Elfman and Alan Silvestri. The thematic material does a good job of reflecting the emotional development of the main group of characters over the course of the movie.
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  2. A new review:

    Amalgama - Felipe Pérez Santiago

    https://reelmusic.wordpress.com/2021/12 … -santiago/

    A score from a 2021 Mexican comedy-drama about a group of four dentists who sneak away from a conference to an idyllic paradise island. There the three male dentists in turn hit on the one female dentist. This short score features an excellent score from Santiago that is an a cappella score based purely around five voices (2 sopranos, an alto, tenor and bass). Inventive and refreshing, it's worth a listen.
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      CommentAuthorFalkirkBairn
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2022 edited
    Just a reminder that, even though I do not post here about it every week, my blog has regular updates on my "Weekly Recommendations".

    These posts usually feature 2-6 scores that have caught my attention over the previous week. Probably best described as 'micro-reviews' the comments are not meant to be an in-depth analysis of the score (as would be the case for a regular review). Rather, it is an attempt at trying to highlight what I think are scores worth seeking out.

    Whittled down from the 40-50 scores that I listen to over the course of the week (by trawling online stores), I hope these regular posts are useful to at least a few visitors to my blog: https://reelmusic.wordpress.com
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  3. It's been a while putting these lists together but here's my shortlists of my favourite scores of 2021. Overall winners to be announced soon

    https://reelmusic.wordpress.com/2022/03 … minations/
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2022
    Interesting, thanks for sharing, Alan.

    I've heard most of the titles on your list (as I set some kind of record last year, with somewhere between 1500-2000 new soundtracks sampled in some shape or form), and as I read your first category (the drama category), I thought we had unusually many favourites in common this time (BENEDETTA, BUCKLEY'S CHANCE, THE LAST DUEL, THERE IS NO EVIL), but then our preferences veered from there on out. Maybe 3-4 common throughout the rest of the categories. But that's the "charm of the game" -- as usual I like your selections of lesser known titles, with some super-famous inbetween, which is an ideology I very much share.
    I am extremely serious.
  4. Goodness! It has been a while since I posted my shortlists of favourite scores of 2021. But, I have now uploaded my winners:

    https://reelmusic.wordpress.com/2022/06 … e-winners/

    Hope everyone likes them!
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
  5. FalkirkBairn wrote
    Goodness! It has been a while since I posted my shortlists of favourite scores of 2021. But, I have now uploaded my winners:

    https://reelmusic.wordpress.com/2022/06 … e-winners/

    Hope everyone likes them!


    I can live with Benedetta and The Potato Venture, but the rest I have no idea wink
    waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Where's my nut? arrrghhhhhhh
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2022
    Interesting winners, Alan. As usual, we see eye to eye on some, but not so much on others. I echo BENEDETTA and partially THE POTATO VENTURE, LOST IN SPACE, for example. Will need to check out that Levanto sampler. Skram's CLUE had some OK moments, but not his best effort, IMO. A lot of it sounds too synthesized, even though the Budapest Arts Orchestra is supposed to play on it.
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  6. Thor wrote
    Interesting winners, Alan. As usual, we see eye to eye on some, but not so much on others. I echo BENEDETTA and partially THE POTATO VENTURE, LOST IN SPACE, for example. Will need to check out that Levanto sampler. Skram's CLUE had some OK moments, but not his best effort, IMO. A lot of it sounds too synthesized, even though the Budapest Arts Orchestra is supposed to play on it.

    Thanks for the feedback. I agree, CLUE is not Skram's best.
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  7. There's been a bit of a flurry of posts over the last few days. Trying to catch up on my Weekly Recommendations posts.

    I think that this format will be the way to go for me from now on. I am not sure the long-form review is the best use of my limited time. I want to highlight scores rather than analyse them in any depth.

    Hopefully some will find this format useful.

    https://reelmusic.wordpress.com/
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2022
    It's a good idea. I launched my own version of 'pocket reviews' a few years ago (I suppose 'capsule reviews' is a more correct term, though), but as time progressed, they became longer and really work as regular reviews now. Meanwhile, "regular reviews" are more like full-length articles. But I like the idea of a single paragraph -- challenging as it is to get the main points across. It would be very time-saving.
    I am extremely serious.
  8. I am not even sure I would class my comments as any type of analysis. They are just comments on why I recommend them. Is that an analysis of a sort?

    My main goal is to draw the attention of people to 5-6 titles per week (maximum) so that they seek them out and decide for themselves.
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2022
    Yeah, almost like a Facebook post or something.
    I am extremely serious.
  9. You make it sound like a bad thing!

    wink
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  10. Maybe you should do a podcast Alan, and share your thoughts and highlights that way. It could be like 20 minutes segments with you talking about the gems of the week of something. I'm much more of a listener than a reader, so I'd definitely tune in!
  11. Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately I am more of a writer than a talker!

    wink

    I think that I have missed the boat for podcasting: listening to or creating. I rarely listen to podcasts.

    What I don't want to do is to review titles in any great depth - music is so easily accessed nowadays that by the time you've listened to a podcast or read an in-depth review you could have listened to the music itself! I want to highlight titles people may have completely missed, give a sense of why I have highlighted it and then have readers hunt down the music, listen to it and have them form their own opinions on it.
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2022
    FalkirkBairn wrote
    Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately I am more of a writer than a talker!


    Our Zoom meetings say otherwise! wink

    In seriousness, I hope your capsule review project is going well and that it keeps you inspired to write.
    I am extremely serious.
  12. I enjoy doing the shorter format. I do find though that as my choices are recommendations they are all titles I like. So my output doesn't feel like a critical output. More adverts for the titles.

    But that's what I want to do. Highlight what I find interesting.

    I may insert some longer-format reviews every now and then.
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn