The Dark Tower - Tom Holkenborg
What You Will Hear: A mix of light strings with choir and aggressive percussion with (sounds like?) synth brass. Effects, effects, effects.
Standout Tracks: The Dark Tower, The Map, Manny Village, Collateral Damage, Roland of Eld (Main Title)
Will You Be Humming Along? There is a hint of main melody at the opening, but it rarely materializes fully besides the the final track.
The album this makes me want to dust off: The Dark Knight – Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
Will I come back to it? No. Things get off to a promising start with the first track, but then it becomes a tale of two scores. You’ll hear some enjoyable softer moments (see: The Map and Manny Village), but the action is rarely entertaining or well-orchestrated. It is brought down by the Zimmer effect: making real instruments sound synthetic (see: Thinny). Additionally, there just is not enough high brass to balance the low. Add in the fact that the unifying theme is used so rarely (see: The Creed and Roland of Eld), and you've got a score dominated by heavy handed mindlessness. Some of cues that lead up to the finale are fun, but beyond that, there isn't much to enjoy.