Wednesday, 23 December 2015


Check it out... if you appreciate Thomas Newman when he's more melodic with his methodology, as Bridge of Spies finds him moving away from anonymity of Spectre and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Skip it... if you're allergic to the kind of sentimentality Spielberg scores are naturally inclined to include

Wednesday, 16 December 2015


Check it out... if you appreciate well-furnished musical narratives, that offer intelligent exploration of their thematic elements, whilst retaining compositional variation, nuance, and beauty

Skip it... if you demand a predictably triumphant resolution to James Newton Howard's The Hunger Games franchise, for the composer swiftly avoids this by integrating a darker atmosphere, and subtly hinting towards hidden motives for both sides of the film and score's war 

Monday, 14 December 2015


Check it out... if you wish to hear John Williams conclude the original Star Wars trilogy with the same mastery of his craft that he applied to the first two entries

Skip it... if you are a stickler for sound quality, or if you expect a homogenous tone throughout the score, for this final entry in the trilogy suffers from poorer sound quality and contains sharp changes between settings

Friday, 4 December 2015


Check it out... if you desire an intelligent, nuanced, comprehensive score, Austin Wintory once again proving that he is one of the finest video game composers of the modern age
Skip it... if you're opposed to the sounds and style associated with Victorian-era classical writing 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Check it out... if you're a fan of the score for the base game, Dragon Age Inquisition, or possess a fondness for bold, brassy fantasy composition 

Skip it... if a few dull, conventional "horn-of-doom" appearances render any listening experience throwaway for your taste

Thursday, 19 November 2015


Check it out... if you're a fan of the score for the base game, Dragon Age Inquisition, and wish to check out or own each DLC expansion score, despite their quality

Skip it... if you object to blatant Hans Zimmer/Junkie XL/John Powell/Brian Tyler influence and references, some of them well-executed, others generic in nature

Saturday, 14 November 2015

SPOTLIGHT Score Review

Check it out... if you are a fan of Howard Shore’s more intimate and brooding scores or are curious to hear him write for a smaller ensemble, Spotlight being as good a place as any in Shore’s filmography to start.

Skip it... if you have an aversion towards Shore’s introspective scores or anything vaguely reminiscent of Thomas Newman’s standard rhythmic textures.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

SPECTRE Score Review

Check it out... if you're a Thomas Newman fan who enjoyed his previous foray into the world of James Bond

Skip it... if a subdued, somewhat generic, anonymous approach does not suit what you expect from your average Bond score, as Newman abandons the pizzazz that has defined the character and film series for decades on end, much as he did with Skyfall

Sunday, 1 November 2015

MACBETH Score Review

Check it out... if you're intrigued by scores which successfully amalgamate both modern and symphonic compositional styles to offer unique and compelling listening experiences 

Skip it... if you're opposed to scores full of dissonant synthetics, restrained performances, and palpable yet moderated malice  

Tuesday, 27 October 2015


Check it out... if the unostentatious, restrained sound that most often accompanies a work by Philip Glass is something you're interested in, Another Love a quiet, controlled, yet evidently powerful score

Skip it... if you demand endless variation with your film compositions, and refuse to acknowledge the inherent merit of a piece due to its simplistic constructs  

Friday, 16 October 2015



Check it out... if you claim to be a fan of film music or the Star Wars franchise, for John Williams’ sequel score is a pinnacle of both.

Skip it... if emotive, “manipulative” film music gives you a rash, as this soundtrack is among the most effective in its heart-string pulls and gut wrenches.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

STEVE JOBS Score Review

Check it out... if you're interested in what could be termed a more intellectually satisfactory, melody-driven and entertaining Social Network 

Skip it... if you're opposed to successful synthesis of numerous, dissimilar genres and styles, Steve Jobs a score filled with contrasting concepts from the onset

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

THE MARTIAN Score Review

Check it out... if the crescendos and never-ending ostinatos that defined Interstellar proved too simplistic for your tastes, Harry Gregson-Williams' The Martian continuing on in the same vein as that score in terms of minimalism, but offering a more extensive sonic palette with 

Skip it... if you are opposed to slower, more textural based works, as The Martian's thematic depth is not particularly profound 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

TRILOGY Compilation Album Review

Check it out... if you possess a fondness for lo-fi, synthetic-based R&B artists, whose lyrics often refer to the more perverse of topics, including large quantities of drugs and sex 

Skip it... if you're easily put-off by talk of vulgar and illicit activities, misogyny and excessive indulgence, Abel Tesfaye's Trilogy an exploration of all three in great detail

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

SICARIO Score Review

Check it out... if you appreciated the atonal, oft-times animalistic sounds that made up a great quantity of the running time on Johann Johannsson's score to Prisoners, but seek a score that also possesses a sliver of melodic and thematic presence, Sicario one of the composer's most well-rounded ambiant works thus far 

Skip it... if a harsh and brooding soundscape that cares little for whimsical flourishes or bombastic grandeur sounds like something you'd rather not invest your time in

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Check it out... if you are a fan of subtetly within your superhero music, Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass' Fantastic Four relying less on fanfare and thematic employment than texture and detail to tell its story

Skip it... if you demand your superhero scores served with the muscular grunt that has characterised DC and Marvel's latest releases so consistently

Tuesday, 8 September 2015


Check it out... if you seek a modern action score that possesses intelligence, a wide variety of central themes and an alternative sonic palette that differs from genre conventions

Skip it... if the inclusion of a classical piece, 'Nessun Dorma' , as a motif for the female lead would tarnish the score and distract too greatly for redemption

Friday, 4 September 2015

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E Score Review

Check it out... if you're a fan of nuanced, varied jazz scoring, Daniel Pemberton's The Man From U.N.C.L.E a perfect example of how to execute old-school, smooth composition

Skip it... if the sharp, higher register accents of Italian-influenced instrumentation turn you off, as Daniel Pemberton employs them in great quantity here

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


Check it out... if you have any interest in film music, or wonder why Star Wars became a phenomenon, John Williams' classic score playing a major role in the film's success 

Skip it... if you only like the Star Wars scores featuring the 'Imperial March', as there is really no other reason to avoid this masterpiece

Saturday, 29 August 2015


Check it out... if you wish to expose yourself to one of the greatest albums in recent history, Kanye West's fifth studio album a masterpiece of colossal size, influence and emotion

Skip it... if you are unwilling to allow even the most commanding of releases to capture your undivided attention, as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy requires complete immersion to wholly appreciate

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

SOUTHPAW Score Review

Check it out... if you have always sought a Horner score that truly abandons his typical compositional methodology, the man embarking on an entirely new sonic direction with Southpaw 

Skip it... if the relentless percussive and synthetic pounding of scores like Man of Steel, Ex Machina and Gravity repulse you, for Horner draws inspiration from scores of that ilk for this release

Saturday, 8 August 2015

808S AND HEARTBREAK Album Review

Check it out... if you triumph visionary work which intends upon doing something entirely contradictory to genre conventions; 808s and Heartbreak being the epitome of unconventional 

Skip it... if you are unwilling to depart from the same Ye who gave us the soulful College Dropout or the melodic Late Registration, and are sternly against new-age West productions

Monday, 3 August 2015

ANT-MAN Score Review

Check it out... if you seek a Marvel album that successfully combines a range of different and varied stylistic methodologies not commonly seen within the genre of superhero scoring 

Skip it... if your only taste of the superhero genre's capacity has been in the form of DC's more brooding compositional work, as Ant-Man is the direct obverse of that approach

Saturday, 25 July 2015


Check it out... if you seek a commendable advancement in the career of Kanye West that retains the soulful instrumentation from his debut album, and combines it adequately with modern pop, disco and rock

Skip it... if you seek a retread of either The College Dropout or Late Registration, Graduation a definitive step forward from the artist

Thursday, 23 July 2015


Check it out... if you're a fan of the bombastic, basic chord progressions oft-times associated with the sound of RC composers  

Skip it... if numerous references to compositions by Balfe's own Remote Control collaborators prove too monotonous and derivative for your taste

Thursday, 16 July 2015

INSIDE OUT Score Review

Check it out... if you wish to hear Michael Giacchino paint a variety of musical ideas across a broad canvas while staying rooted in his style developed in previous Pixar films.

Skip it... if you insist on a homogeneous listening experience on album or expect a film about emotions to have a score saturated with shameless romanticism, Giacchino instead opting for a more restrained, yet still effective, approach to the moments of emotional potency.

Sunday, 5 July 2015


Check it out... if you were somewhat disappointed in The College Dropout, and seek a Kanye West album that delivers the bombast, wild and frenetic creativity that the man promised with his debut release

Skip it... if you are unwilling to lose yourself in a hip-hop album that seeks to, at every given opportunity, exceed the inevitable trappings of its own inherent genre

Monday, 29 June 2015

THE AGE OF ADALINE Capsule Score Review

Check it out... if a modern romantic score that approaches its subject matter with complete sincerity is something you desire

Skip it... if you seek a score that is as meaty in regards to thematic material as it is charming in general aesthetic

Sunday, 28 June 2015


Check it out... if you desire an indie pop/rock record with a symphonic scope and lyrical ardour unmatched by many of the genre's key artists

Skip it... if you triumph the grandeur of Florence and the Machine's first and second albums and refuse to accept a quieter, more passive work from the band   

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


Check it out... if you possess an adoration of melodic, affecting romantic composition, Craig Armstrong's latest work one of his most emotionally impactful 

Skip it... if you typically disregard scores with a prominent classical influence, Armstrong's beguiling writing accurately grounded in the time period of the visual content in this context

THE LONGEST RIDE Capsule Score Review

Check it out... if you desire slow, basic romantic instrumentation and composition, that meets the minimal emotional requirements that the director established during the scoring process

Skip it... if a trite and dull Mark Isham score that does very little new for the composer doesn't appeal to your tastes

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

INSIDE OUT (2015) Film Review

Check it out... if you desiring a touching, engaging animation, that reflects on our emotions and the task of growing up with equal parts enthusiasm, understanding, creativity and passion

Skip it... if the thought of Pixar retreading themes of change, growth and emotional turbulence, all of which they have explored before in their previous endeavours, does not inspire instantaneous interest

Sunday, 14 June 2015


Check it out... if you possess a fondness for Michael Giacchino's most bombastic, energetic and wild writing, as Jurassic World veers into action bliss for much of its duration

Skip it... if your love of the original Williams work clouds your better judgement, and you can not respect an amiable sequel score which just falls shy of reaching the heights of its prolific predecessor

Saturday, 6 June 2015

DRONES Album Review

Check it out... if you appreciate Muse at their least challenging stylistically, Drones being an album which explores previously detailed instrumental concepts, with relative success

Skip it... if conventional pop-rock disagrees with your tastes, this latest offering from Muse one of their most predictable and conventional, both in regards to instrumentation and lyrical content

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

HOME Capsule Score Review

Check it out... if you seek more of the sporadic madness featured within The Penguins of Madagascar, or the sincerity of Above and Beyond, both found here alongside some of Lorne Balfe's most accessible and fun action writing 

Skip it... if constant reprisals of a single, distinguishable central theme distract you from the underlying technical competence of any given score, as Home is structured in such a manner for much of its length