Seven more scores of the more than 28 SE&L has been sifting through these last few weeks, including two from Alexandre Desplat and a magnificent Francis Lai overview...
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.
In week three, numbers 15 through 21 reveal a true divergence in approach and idea, beginning with a direct to DVD title that, while marginal, still offers fine musical accompaniment:
Cool Dog: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [rating: 7]
Jack Goes Boating: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [rating: 8]
Megamind: Music From the Motion Picture [rating: 5]
Fair Game [rating: 8]
Tamara Drewe: Original Soundtrack Recording [rating: 5]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1:Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [rating: 6]
Francis Lai: The Essential Film Music Collection [rating: 9]