Seven out of the more than 28 soundtracks and scores SE&L will be covering in the next few weeks, including Blue Valentine with music from none other than indie darling Grizzly Bear...
Twenty-eight. That's how many soundtracks have shuffled through the always open transom of Short Ends and Leader Central in the last couple of months. As usual, the extra workload makes it almost impossible to keep up, especially when dealing with the demands of Award Season and the upcoming Oscars. So like our lifetime, the scores have been piling up, begging us to address them with the usual critical aplomb. So, as part of a February special, every Wednesday will feature a Special Surround Sound column covering this glut of motion picture music. Hopefully, over the course of the next four weeks, we'll be able to access the value in these often overlooked cinematic souvenirs. If the first batch is any indication, there are quite a few gems to be unearthed within this stack.
So let's begin the stereophonic slog with these seven:
Blue Valentine: Music from the Movie [rating: 6]
Countdown to Zero: Original Motion Picture Score [rating: 7]
The Bird Can't Fly: Music from the Movie [rating: 8]
Welcome to the Rileys: Music from the Movie [rating: 4]
The Town: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [rating: 8]
The Wicker Man: The Original Soundtrack Album [rating: 7]
Unstoppable: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [rating: 5]