Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2
Tyler Bates

Why You Should…
If you want to hear Tyler Bates’ most engaging music in a long while, the composer outdoing himself by using a wide variety of tricks to fully illustrate the musical voice of Deadpool. 

Why You Shouldn’t…
If you value the sanctity in your film scores, because this album contains profane lyrics courtesy of the choir, in addition to mundane synthetic filler work. 

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Annihilation

Annihilation
Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow (2018)

 

Why You Should…
If you’re interested in a tenuously engaging avant-garde score that avoids conventional music for a highly ambitious concept, an unfortunate circumstance given the net result. 

Why You Shouldn’t…
If you aren’t willing to waste your patience on a difficult album listen, much of this score focusing on repetition and periods of silence. 

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo
John Powell (2018)

 

Why You Should…
If a highly articulate score from John Powell  in the Star Wars franchise with sheer thematic brilliance and majestic writing, accompanied by a John Williams penned theme is reason enough.  

Why You Shouldn’t…
If derivative material from a collection of existing scores proves too obnoxiously obvious with/without context, this otherwise spectacular score suffering too much of it.

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Alan Silvestri (2018)

 

Why You Should…
If you wish to hear Alan Silvestri return to form though Ready Player One, a mostly satisfying blend of pure orchestra and retro synthetics that works wonders.

Why You Shouldn’t…
If you have any aversion to the overly nostalgic undertones employed by Silvestri, despite a better use of the idea than most. 

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Game Night

Game Night
Cliff Martinez (2018)

Why You Should…
If your post-modernist sensibilities itch for a fresh offering, Cliff Martinez serving up a consistently active palette of sonic textures and mild orchestral input.

Why You Shouldn’t…
If the repetitive synth-bass focus highlights what eventually serves as the stagnation of the second third of the score, Martinez often entering autopilot territory. 

 

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A Wrinkle In Time

A Wrinkle In Time
Ramin Djawadi (2018)

 

Why You Should…
If you value Ramin Djawadi’s untarnished abilities as a tunesmith, weaving a gorgeous main theme that gels beautifully throughout the score. 

Why You Shouldn’t…
If the rest of the score falls into the same lyrical trap, or an assortment of songs bizarrely placed first on album put you off. 

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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider 2018
Tom Holkenborg/Junkie XL (2018)

 

Why You Should…
If you’re in for a brutal, oppressive action score that prides on its loud rhythms and simple meter changes.

Why You Shouldn’t…
If you’ve grown tired of the awful mixing in Holkenborg’s releases, or abhor the idea of very little melodic input and humanity. 

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