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Well...it's a film score. It has no obligation to provide a pleasant or enjoyable listening experience, and for an award like this that doesn't really come into consideration. So if it works in the film, it did its job and that's all that matters.<br><br>For me personally, as someone who cares about music first and films second, a score like Dunkirk has little value. A few years ago I probably would have been pretty mad about this score winning awards and acclaim (you should have seen how salty I got when The Social Network beat out HTTYD), but these days... *shrug*. I know what I like, Dunkirk isn't it, and that's fine. It wasn't written for me. Do I wish Hans still wrote the kind of music I like? Of course. But he gets to make his own choices as an artist, just as I get to choose what to listen to as a fan.The score is already on itunes.This score... so many mixed emotions. Does it work for the film? Heck yeah. Does it improve the film? So much so. Did Hans do what he set out to do? Totally. Is it an award winning masterpiece? Um, not so fast.<br><br>Dunkirk, while super effective within the context of the film (I wouldnít change a thing about it), I must admit, it doesnít have nearly the same effect as a stand-alone listen. Itís literally the same textures and notes over and over again, just slightly rising and falling in pitch and tempo. Does that make it ďawardĒ worthy? Iím not sure. If based solely on the film, you betcha. If based purely on the music itself, I donít think so. Thatís where Interstellar succeeds so far and away over Dunkirk. As a pure listening experience, Interstellar is interesting, multi-layered and emotional. Whereas Dunkirk is just flat, void of any sort of feeling or ďactualĒ music (again, works IN the film). Itís glorified sound FX (save for the end, which, no doubt, is in large part to Ben).<br><br>Hmm... Iíve never had a score tear me apart more than this one. I both love it and hate it. Maybe it did itís job... lol.<br><br>Excuse me while I go listen to No Time for Caution yet again.I think most of us agree that he should've won for Interstellar but I think Dunkirk deserves it too. The work Hans and the music department did on this movie is just incredible. Must've been a lot of hard work. <br>An award is an award, Hans' 2nd Oscar is long overdue so I'd be glad to see him win. But it would be weird to see him win for THAT score, after all the greatnesses of the past 20 years. Same thing with Morricone who won his only Oscar for his very light and insignificant work on Hateful Eight. Good for the man, good for the fans, but doesn't really make sense. But have Oscars ever made sense? :-p
haha hybrid :D made my dayHybrid, yes!wow man, hybrid. this isn't right from you. actually really embarrasing and an absolute no-go from a staff/member of this site to write such a comment. even if it's a joke, this is a shame and sad.I was a bit over the line, I admit. I should have made it clearer that all of that "hottest shit in town" bit was meant purely as a part of my personal opinion regarding his output. I never saw or read any interviews with him. <br><br>I also know about his wife, of course... but I guess I'm just too cynical to accept it as an all-encompasing excuse while seeing such massive fanbase clamoring for his new music. I don't know, I admittedly feel a bit bad about what I'm saying myself. I AM an asshole, sure, but only to an extent. <br><br>I think that saying "he is writing scores that he feels comfortable with" and "living his life however he wants", albeit understandable, is still ignoring the fact that he is an artist with a fanbase. We are living in a time when film composers are slowly getting a mainstream recognition as a type of musicians comparable to bands or singers. And that creates a certain responsibility towards that fanbase. An artist doesn't have to fulfill it, sure, but he should at the very least acknowledge and address it.<br><br>Which brings to mind an image of Hans going on a massive tour whilst giving zero fucks about the CD presentation of his scores, but I digress.<br><br>I wouldn't dare giving Powell advices about how to deal with a pain of the loved one's loss. But on the other hand, I strongly believe in artist's responsibility towards the fans. <br><br>For example, that's why I would kick everybody saying "GRRM is not your bitch" right in the goddamn nuts.Now I have ONE true reason to want this score to win !<br><br>PEACE ! lol
I stand corrected. Though it's still possible that the score is a combination of live orchestra and samples, a lot of RCP music does that.Ds beat me to a few of the points I was going to make, so thanks. :) I'll try to keep this brief, but it won't be.<br><br>Macejko, the only part of your statement that I would 100%, strongly, absolutely disagree with is the "pretentious douche" part. When has he ever "acted like the hottest shit in town"? Do we have any record of him actually refusing assignments? I mean, clearly his output has slowed down since 2012, but why do you act like he's doing that because he thinks he's better than everyone else? I don't see that as pretentious. Especially not given what we know about his personal circumstances. For all we know his decision to take on less work was caused by the knowledge that his wife was sick and wanting to spend as much time with her and with their son as he could. You really still want to call him pretentious?<br><br>Now, what I do agree with is the impression that Powell is no longer really developing as an artist. He's found his niche and is writing scores that he feels comfortable with, but I haven't been "surprised" by anything he's written since probably 2010 or 2011. Is that a problem? Well, depends on what your priorities are. I don't rate innovation as highly as I do music that speaks to me on an emotional level, that I love listening to and want to hear over and over again. And with scores like Pan and HTTYD2 Powell has definitely provided that, while Hans Zimmer for all of the "pushing the envelope" and "breaking boundaries" he's done (or claimed to have done) in the last 7, 8 years has in the process left behind many of the things that made me love his music in the first place. He's written some fine and certainly interesting scores in those years (and some I never want to hear again), but I'd throw out every single one of them to hear another At World's End or King Arthur, just a big old epic larger-than-life fun time that cares more about entertaining you than trying to musically divide by zero or whatever. But now I'm turning this into a Powell vs. Zimmer argument which was never really my intention. :p<br><br>At the same time I can't pretend that it doesn't hurt to see how much Powell has slowed down. I mean his run of form from 2003-2011 is the stuff of legend, 3-4 scores a year in all sorts of different genres, all of it quality stuff. He was pretty much hitting the sweet spot: innovating, developing his style, trying out new things but not sacrificing his voice or the accessibility of his music. If he were to keep up that trajectory for a career spanning several decades he'd be in contention for greatest of all time IMO. Sadly it doesn't look like that's going to happen anymore. I think it's a fair criticism to say he's dropped off, or at the very least leveled out. I just don't think it's fair to call him pretentious for doing so. The man's a human being and he has the right to live his life however he wants.But you know he never said he has nothing to prove. I don't think he even think such a thing, actually he seems like a very humble and nice guy, much like Hans. I just tell you this based on all the great things he did in many genres throughout his career.<br><br>I guess he just want to write music he likes and the way he likes it. Many producers/directors want something more restrained for their movies, that's ok, they can get someone else. If you can afford doing what you like for a living, why the hell would you accept jobs you don't like?<br><br>And SW isn't about "creativity", it's just about this kind of busy orchestral music with lots of frenetic parts which Powell seems to really like these days.If only every annoying film music fan would be so willing to take his own life as this one...If this nominated for golden globe or even Oscar and win the title I'll kill my self.<br><br>This score is nothing compared to interstellar or even to POTC 3.
The moment an artist thinks he has "nothing more to prove", he is creatively dead. <br><br>Also, thinking that only animation and Star Wars provide a field for any kind of innovation and experimentation is just ludicrous beyond words, Ds. SW especially is the most musically restricted franchise on the planet.Fair point. Just look at what Balfe did this year, Lego Batman, Churchill, Genius, The Crown, Geostorm... and all are somewhat different in tone. He was on fire this year for sure.Here is another comparison which to me seems more relevant than yours :<br>Lorne is doing a lot of projects and getting better and better in various styles.<br>And Ramin is also doing a lot of projects but is far, far behind in terms of styles and creativity. I'm not saying he doesn't evolve, but at this rate he will need 3 lifes to catch up on Balfe's current level.<br><br>Powell has nothing to prove, he has already mastered all genres and is now able to write the music he likes most : crazy orchestral pieces where nothing is forbidden. Today, only animated movies allow this style of scores to exist. And also Star Wars :-pEdmund wrong again !!!!!balfe posted some photos of the recording sessions for the crown^ lol. Harsh, but heís not wrong. Although, I hate to say it, we could say the same for Zimmer in my opinion.
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Lorne BalfeThomas FarnonSteffen ThumQueenie Li
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Churchill
Label: Filmtrax (Digital Download Only)
Length: 48'33
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  1. The Beach (4:09)
  2. Meeting With Month (2:11)
  3. An Unsociable Hour (2:33)
  4. Eisenhower Will Listen (2:37)
  5. Back To London (2:32)
  6. Journey To The Camp (2:06)
  7. Meeting With The King (5:28)
  8. Let It Rain (3:40)
  9. The Ships Are Gathering (2:32)
  10. We Could All Help (3:45)
  11. A Cottage By The Sea (2:40)
  12. The Speech (5:48)
  13. Recovery (5:20)
  14. Purpose (3:12)
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JBSO99 reply Replies: 0 || 2017-09-10 12:37:59
Just listened to the album again and I liked it even more. Balfe this year is on top form and he has created so many different scores that he is slowly becoming one of y favourites.
The thing that surprises me is the little talk this score is getting, despite being one of Balfe's bests.

MrZimmerFan reply Replies: 2 || 2017-07-06 19:06:29
Geostorm soundtrack released by Watertower Music


Adam2017-07-07 12:17:37
Is there a track listing ??


MrZimmerFan2017-07-07 12:55:17
The score release is 20th October

Andrew reply Replies: 10 || 2017-06-30 02:36:13
Just seen Balfe got 5/5 from Film Music Media filmmusicmedia.com/reviews/churchillbylornebalfereview


Peter2017-06-30 03:31:54
Well deserved . Churchill is one of the best scores this year so far .


Alexandre2017-06-30 05:05:18
That web site rarely give 5 Stars !!!! Well done to Lorne . He deserves it and the score


PetriM2017-06-30 05:44:11
In my humble opinion this music is what I yearn for when I listen to film music . That review is 100% . It's perfect


ABoshn2017-06-30 06:22:41
After having not heard of this film I was surprised to see this review . I have now purshaced the soundtrack and agree . The score is everything one would wish for . 5/5


Mike2017-06-30 17:55:09
Impressive !


StephM2017-07-01 04:28:35
Strange that when a fantastic score like this doesn't get as many people talking about it like Transformers !!!!!!! Come on people !


Edmund Meinerts2017-07-01 12:52:10
Are you kidding, StephM? 2017 at this website has been nothing but slobbering all over Lorne Balfe.


James2017-07-01 16:41:30
Lol
This is funny and curious at same time. He is not like a Michael Giacchino. But...


Miguel2017-07-01 23:46:05
The slobbering is well deserved . Slobber away !!!


PetMusic2017-07-02 01:55:19
I'm interested to know what other scores has received 5/5 ? An enjoyable score for sure

Peatmusic reply Replies: 1 || 2017-06-17 16:11:04
Saw the film last night and Balfe's music is solid . It is one of the stars of the film and truly elevates the film . 9/10 nice change of writing for him


Ants@yahoo2017-06-17 23:49:44
Love this score . Beautiful

Peter81 reply Replies: 2 || 2017-06-08 13:23:38
Love this music and not what I would expect from someone from Remote Control


Thomas2017-06-08 23:28:24
Agree it's beautiful . Have listen to this album over 5 times already love it


KiosM2017-06-09 14:02:43
Amazing soundtrack from the Meastro . 5/5 again by Balfe

AndrewP reply Replies: 3 || 2017-06-07 00:29:09
We just watched the live performance of the score with an orchestra to the film in London and it was great. Lorne was playing piano with an orchestra . Emotional score . Hope he gets a nomination for this score . Brian Cox is unbeliable in the film playing Churchill


Anonymous2017-06-07 03:50:31
Superb score! Esp love The Beach - many parts remind me of The Coral Atoll from The Thin Red Line...


Mephariel2017-06-07 09:01:37
Also Interstellar. The cue "Purpose" sounds very similar in parts, to the "Where We're Going" in Interstellar.


...2017-06-07 14:26:25
is there any chance to watch it on youtube or something?

Peteift reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-07 09:09:42
Really great soundtrack and beats his Crying with Laughter . Simple and very emotional

Hedon reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-06 13:20:36
Amazing how many projects that has Lorne's name attached to it these days. The guy is everywhere!

zulu reply Replies: 1 || 2017-06-06 03:39:03
Lorne is the worst compser from rc! sounds like frost/Nixon! i know he was there the additional composer. but every time the same thing?


Miguel2017-06-06 10:16:08
Yes . That's why Lego Batman sounds identical to Frost Nixon !!!!! Very funny Zulu!

Rian reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-05 19:51:57
Lorne is performing this with an orchestra live to the film tomorrow in London. Is anyone going ? We tried for tickets but it sold out last week!! Sounds really good.

Andreas reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-04 02:35:48
Lorne nails it again !!!!!!! I though Genius was fantastic but this great

PeterMarksfilm reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-03 23:55:09
This music is everything I love with film . Emotional and makes me imagine images to the music . Breathtaking . Balfe has a voice that is unique

Mike reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-03 21:52:46
Beautiful .

Peter reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-03 21:31:24
Great score and very moving .

Micheal reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-03 00:33:55
Not the type of RCP score I would expect !!!! Balfes score is amazing and very teastful and memorable .

Antin reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-02 23:49:54
What a beautiful score and very sensative . The last cue the most beautiful I have heard

Manulder reply Replies: 0 || 2017-06-02 22:27:10
A Great score again i love it. Congratulations mr BALFE

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