What You Will Hear: String orchestra, piano, and a little guitar.
Standout Tracks: Gold Star - Welcome to the HoF!
Will You Be Humming Along? The main theme is a simple rising motif. Uplifting to say the least.
The album this makes me want to dust off: The Legend of Bagger Vance – Rachel Portman
Will I come back to it? Absolutely. Having a rough day and need a soothing score to lift your spirits? This is it. The overwhelming characteristic of this score is its kindness. That’s not a word I’d usually choose to describe music, but it works perfectly here (see: Real School). You'll hear dark chords, light pizzicato, and everything else the strings have to offer. There is a distinct lack of urgency anywhere on The Glass Castle. Joel P. West’s unwavering devotion to this pace is admirable and appreciated. Throw in a fantastic opening song (see: Summer), and a country tune diversion, and you’ve got a “down-home” American sound.
The Glass Castle ranges from warm and welcoming to light and humorous, with just a pinch of angst thrown in. The result is a wonderful, and completely enveloping soundscape. This is absolutely one of the best scores of the year.