Exodus: Gods and Kings - Alberto Iglesias
What You Will Hear: Standard Hollywood take on Middle Eastern singing and instruments. Big epic choir. Full use of every instrument in the orchestra.
Standout Tracks: Leaving Memphis, Returning To Memphis, Goodbyes, The Vows, Climbing Mount Sinai, I Need A General, Exodus, The Ten Commandments
Will you be humming along? No melodies stuck with me, but the harmonies on some of the thicker orchestrated tracks are to die for.
The score this makes me want to dust off: The Mummy Returns - Alan Silvestri and The Passion of the Christ - John Debney
Will I come back to it? Yes. The first few tracks did not give me a lot of hope. Following Gladiator, the Middle Eastern sound has been so over done. But, luckily, this score becomes much more tender and lush than expected. Mixed in with the standard action cues
and vocal wailing, be prepared for music that translates into an expression of awe. I'm especially appreciative that this score could have gone completely down the Remote Control Productions road - but Mr. Iglesias only dabbles in that world. He uses the RCP standard practices, but gives us a much richer collection of sounds beyond that style. Checkout the tracks listed above for some great examples.