Music Review: Southpaw by James Horner (Score)

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Movie: Southpaw

Composer: James Horner

Review: It’s disheartening to commence a music review by stating the fact that the composer of the album has already passed away. And in this case, it’s no ordinary composer. It’s one of the legendary composer, James Horner. Yes, the man behind the beautiful compositions of movies like Braveheart, Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, A Beautiful Mind, The Amazing Spider-Man to name a few. Southpaw can be called his last finished album. For a movie like Southpaw, the score plays an integral part. And when you’ve got James Horner & Eminem on your side to do the job, you’re almost sure it’ll be well accomplished. This review is for the album by James Horner i.e. the music from the motion picture & not the other album which is produced by Eminem himself. Southpaw’s soundtrack started creating buzz when Eminem said he’d produce the soundtrack of the movie & even more when it was used very smartly in the trailers & clips of the movie. James Horner’s score in the movie has a key role too. It balances the things off. The album might not be the best by Horner but it certainly works. It does it’s job. It’s not loud or noisy, nor is it pumped up. Instead, it’s calm & the serenity of the album wins your heart. Piano notes have been used beautifully throughout the album. The opening track called “The Preparations” is one fantastic track. Piano & electric guitar! Deadly combination. You could almost imagine the intensity of Jake Gyllenhaal. The track #3 “A Fatal Tragedy” is probably one of the best of the Southpaw soundtrack. The tracks “A Cry for Help” & “A Long Road Back” uses the Southpaw theme in the most effective way. “Training” is not exactly the kind of track I expected it to be. And this track won’t exactly be used during the training sequences i suppose. This would be placed somewhere right before or after the training sequences of the movie (Ahem.. Eminem’s songs “during” the training sequences). “Hope vs Escobar” is the sole swift track of the album, has a different tone than the rest of the tracks & plays probably during the climax. You’ll love the album if you’re a fan of placid piano notes. And I’d also like to mention that the other Southpaw album has a song composed by James Horner too along with other contributing artistes like Eminem. While the other album releases, we could listen to these soulful tracks & pay homage to Late James Horner.

No. of tracks: 14

Best tracks: The Preparations, A Fatal Tragedy, A Cry for Help, A Long Road Back, Hope vs Escobar.

Rating: 7.5/10

Music Review: Terminator Genisys by Lorne Balfe

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Movie: Terminator Genisys

Composer: Lorne Balfe

Review: For a movie like Terminator Genisys, I had never expected a grand soundtrack. And the moment you see something like “Executive Music Producer: Hans Zimmer” during the credits rolling up in the beginning of the movie, one tends to get excited. Without undermining the earlier work of Lorne Balfe, I’d like to mention his previous works such as Assassin’s Creed & Son of God, which were quite impressive. Balfe had been associated with Zimmer lately & the result has been positive. Lorne Balfe surprises you with what he has in store for you with Terminator Genisys. The score of Terminator Genisys has a soul. Terminator theme music has been one of the most recognized theme in the history of cinema. It not only justifies the characters of Terminator truly, but adds a whole new level of depth to it as well. Now, Terminator Genisys is not your typical Terminator movie soundtrack! It’s a modern day cinema soundtrack. The kind of one which we have been hearing it a lot these days. And yes, we do have the very famous Terminator theme music as well, almost unaltered. That’s one of the key factor of the album. It has it’s own merits but also benefits from the previously admired theme. The album right away kicks off with one of the best track of the album “Fate & Hope”. One might just think that it would be a perfect fit for a “Transformer” movie as well, but it fits just right in here too in the given situation. “John Connor” is the track wherein you’d imagine the character itself in some action. Powerful track & another best of the album. The very next track, “It’s Really Me”, has the altered passive form of the Terminator theme music. It leaves an impact over you gradually & start loving it soon. So is the case with the tracks like “If You Love Me You Die”. The final track, “Terminated” has been strategically placed & acts like a treat for the fans. The epic theme of the Terminator almost in it’s original form. All in all, it’s a fine album. If you’re a fan of the soundtrack of the movie series, you won’t be disappointed as it offers more than one expects out of this album.

No. of tracks: 22

Best tracks: Fate & Hope, Bus Ride, John Connor, If You Love Me You Die, Judgement Day, Terminated.

Rating: 7/10

An Inception!

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For a movie noob, the word inception would probably just mean the extravagant movie. But for real, it’s an expression for a beginning of something monumental. I’ve had the vehemence for movies for a long time now. Vehemence, is just another fancy word, right? Yes, but it carries a strong meaning. And in my case, it would have only been rational to get it associated with the kind of love for cinema I possess. Cinema gives you the kind of experience you’ll never get out of anything at all. The technicalities, the theories, the emotions, the visions the movies comprise of, is just impeccable. Every different movie gives you a whole new experience. I’m here sharing my own love for cinema, my own experience with cinema.