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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    He conducts like I pretend to conduct music when I'm drunk.
    • CommentAuthorJules
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    Captain Future wrote
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    NP: Gemini Man - Lorne Balfe

    Well I have to look for another score to review. Not going to write another review of an emotionless score by him. He had some much potential with Beyond: Two Souls and Assassins Creed 3.

    I think you will change your mind, after you listened to his score for His Dark Materials. smile


    I've only heard one track from HDM, and it sounded cheap and synthy to me. Is it just me? I saw Jon Broxton say on Facebook that after one listen he thinks it might be the best thing Balfe has ever done.

    It's quite a good score, but it also sounds cheap and synthy. slant


    I was able to give HDM a full listen today, and while there are still horns and strings that sounded too synthy, It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think the first track is the one I had previously heard, and it starts with some of the most synthetic strings I've heard in a long time, but as the track moves on, and as the album moves on, it sounded less like that and more like your standard RC-quality stuff (which still doesn't sound like a studio orchestra, but I digress).

    I was surprised by how good the music was, though. Balfe was clearly given free reign to write some huge music, and he clearly put a lot of himself into it. I think it's an impressive score. And kudos go to whatever genius produced this album. It's a tight 19 tracks and I don't think there is much filler there. There must be a lot less interesting music for the series that accompanies the less climactic scenes, and it seems like a lot of album releases these days give you all of that in addition to the best stuff and you end up with four hours of music to sift through to find the gems. This album is great. And it's easily (for me) the best music I've heard from Lorne Balfe. He really impressed me with this one.


    Well the thing is, if strings are intended to sound like real orchestra strings, samples or physical modelling or something the like, then it's annoying, if the sound doesn't come close.
    On the other side, if the sound is supposed to sound synthy, Mellophone, or some string machine, like the Solina or Roland VP-330, then it's part of the aesthetics, which I think is the case here.



    I think Balfe certainly likes that artificial sound. Watched the first episode of the series last night and wasn't that impressed. It's certainly promising but looked a lot better in the trailers. Enjoyed the music, but it's played in every scene for maximum epic effect for some reason, the pacing might have been a heap better had they toned it down for some sequences.
    • CommentAuthorJules
    • CommentTime5 days ago edited
    Charlie's Angels - Bryan Tyler

    Pretty fun, never listened to any other music composed for CA, so not sure if the themes are the same. But I've really warmed to Tyler after not liking him a few years back, his scores are a good time (particularly Crazy Rich Asians). This is some cheesy heist music with Tyler's signature all over it and lots of trap influence which some might not like. Think half as good as Daniel Pemberton's Ocean's 8, very repetitive but still enjoyable somehow. WAY TOO FUCKING LONG

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    and yes, I'm not a conductor, but Tyler's style is weird as heck.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTime4 days ago edited
    PawelStroinski wrote
    Nicholas Britell - The King

    This guy is really special. What he can do with, essentially, strings, a small choir and about 6-7 chords is mesmerizing. Especially the Hymn bits. I had the privilege of reviewing If Beale Street Could Talk for my site, but have been more seriously following him since I saw Moonlight, which also made me a fan of the director.

    And he's the first composer since Goldenthal to regularly use musical terms as track titles.

    Wow, great score this. Song of Hal is an immensly beautiful, heartfelt piece. What an emotional score, with like you say, such a small setting.
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime3 days ago
    Rambo III Jerry Goldsmith

    My favourite Rambo score is whichever Rambo score I happen to be listening to. (Well, minus the Tyler rubbish.)

    Also, I love how what is essentially the Taliban are the good guys in this film. It's aged extremely well.
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      CommentAuthorAtham
    • CommentTime3 days ago
    Dark Encounter - David Stone Hamilton

    This is impressive! A nice surprise.
    A dash of Signs. A sprinking of Knowing. No Close Encounters sadly.
    A lot of very interesting orchestral delights found within this gem. Maybe not for everyone though.
    Along with the recent Solis David Stone Hamilton is proving to be a composer to watch out for.
  1. Atham wrote
    Dark Encounter - David Stone Hamilton

    This is impressive! A nice surprise.
    A dash of Signs. A sprinking of Knowing. No Close Encounters sadly.
    A lot of very interesting orchestral delights found within this gem. Maybe not for everyone though.
    Along with the recent Solis David Stone Hamilton is proving to be a composer to watch out for.


    I definitely heard the similarities with Signs. That's no bad thing in my book. A lot of this score was less enjoyable to me, but there were some wonderful highlights.