What You Will Hear: It starts off with some Lisa Gerrard(ish) vocals, but quickly moves from this call into prideful horns and low strings. Percussion (from varying backgrounds) is used throughout.
Standout Tracks: The Call, First Trek: Base Camp, The Lowdown, Starting The Ascent, To Camp Four, Summit, Last Words, Epilogue
Will You Be Humming Along? The theme of “the call” is nice, but you’ll probably just want to pick up a drum.
The score this makes me want to dust off: Twister - Mark Mancina
Will I come back to it? Probably. I really enjoyed how dark this score sounds. I don’t mean on an emotional level; Marianelli keeps the instrumentation rooted at the bottom of the pyramid of sound. There’s barely a flute to be heard. On screen, I’m willing to bet this choice matches the setting extremely well. The gravitas of the mountain cuts through very nicely. The percussion is almost tribal, but stays in the background even when it is romping at its fullest intensity. The deference of the drums to the low end of the strings and brass is quite refreshing. The electronics is also subdued and mixes well. Instruments specific to the location show up from time to time but are never distracting. Again, all well mixed! This could easily have been any other remote controlled thriller score, but it sounds more sophisticated and unique. With fairly strong reviews, it sounds like Everest is more than the average adventure. The score follows suit by being just slightly better than its peers.