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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2019 edited
    How to Train your Dragon 3

    I have memorized almost every note of the first two soundtracks; they were instrumental in originally getting me into soundtrack music, and I count them in my favorites.

    Having given this score my first listen all I can say is that I had goosebumps 5 times, which almost never happens on a first listen. However, I should also mention that nothing struck me as an extreme standout the way that tracks like Test Drive or Flying with Mother did.

    I haven't seen the movie, so maybe that will make some tracks more spectacular in context. I really don't know if I'll love this like I love the other two, but after a first listen, I'm impressed.
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
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      CommentAuthorchristopher
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2019 edited
    I had a similar reaction. Nothing from it stood out to me as being as great as the greatest moments from the previous scores, but maybe repeated listens and viewing the film will change my mind. It's still very good though.

    NP - Erik's best of 2018 part 1
  1. My Spotify Daily Mix 1. (Christopher Young, Alan Silvestri, Blake Neely, Jerry Goldsmith et al.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2019 edited
    christopher wrote
    I had a similar reaction. Nothing from it stood out to me as being as great as the greatest moments from the previous scores, but maybe repeated listens and viewing the film will change my mind. It's still very good though.


    Try:

    1. Exodus
    2. Furies In Love
    3. Third Date
    4. As Long As He's Safe
    5. Armada Battle
    6. Once There Were Dragons
    7. The Hidden World Suite

    A nice 42 minute album.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2019 edited
    I would amend the above playlist (if anyone's interested) to:

    1. Exodus
    2. Furies In Love
    3. Third Date
    4. New 'New Tail'
    5. As Long As He's Safe
    6. Killer Dragons
    7. Armada Battle
    8. Once There Were Dragons
    9. The Hidden World Suite

    A nice 48 minute album.


    This really is a fantastic score. I won't be surprised if it ends up in my top 3 for 2019.
  2. I'd toss the redundant suite and add "The Hidden World" instead.
  3. NP: An American Tail (1986) - James Horner

    There is an expanded edition of this score coming up. I'm trying to figure out if I will need this. I know there is much love for the score but I believe this album covers my interest.

    Volker
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTime7 days ago
    Zbigniew Preisner - La Reina de España

    I feel a bit emberassed that I do not play more very often, even though it's shows how brilliant Preisner tackles comedy. Happy music just isn't something I revisit as much as I would like to.
    • CommentAuthorJules
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    Didn't love the film, but now listening to the score back a few times I really love it. John Powell's choral stuff is just fantastic, and I think this is just as good as the other two scores, minus maybe some standalone cues.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    Joep wrote
    Zbigniew Preisner - La Reina de España

    I feel a bit emberassed that I do not play more very often, even though it's shows how brilliant Preisner tackles comedy. Happy music just isn't something I revisit as much as I would like to.


    I have lots of Preisner, but this is one I was never able to get into, for some reason. For "lighter" Preisner, I veer more towards THE SECRET GARDEN and FAIRY TALE: A TRUE STORY.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime6 days ago edited
    Edmund Meinerts wrote
    I'd toss the redundant suite and add "The Hidden World" instead.


    Not sure I'd call the suite redundant. I mean, it's a suite. It does what a suite does; recaps the themes. But I don't include 'The Hidden World' (the non-suite one) since it goes a bit Lord of the Rings for my taste. Not that I don't like Lord of the Rings, but it just seems to stick out a bit.
  4. I prefer suites that state themes in ways that aren't 95% identical to other cues in the score. smile
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      CommentAuthorSouthall
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    I wish every score (album) had a suite of themes like that one!
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    NP: FEAST OF JULY (Zbigniew Preisner)

    Quite good, but a bit repetitive. Rachel Portman has a couple of tracks too.
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorJules
    • CommentTime3 days ago edited
    The Kid Who Would Be King

    Midway through this one by Electric Wave Bureau and it's really enjoyable. Will probably end up in my favourites for the year.


    Edit:

    Oh yes, this is great. If you like adventure scores, remotely enjoy synthcrestral music (no idea if that's a thing, just made it up) or like film scores with a mix of brightness and moodiness, or just like melodic film scores, check this out. Or just check it out anyway.

    I hope this gets some attention, flew very under the radar.
  5. NP: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) - John Powell

    Benchmark symphonic film music, melodic, lavish, a joy to listen to. Powell has crafted a fantastic trilogy of scores that has a place in the Olympus of film music trilogies.
    I think, the second one is my favourite instalment, but I'll have to revisit the predecessors to be sure.

    Volker
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.