Unlike many movie soundtracks, James Newton Howard’s, The Last Airbender soundtrack stands alone.
Just because the guy has scored a few films (well, a few more than 100, and all of M. Night Shyamalan’s films), has a few Oscar nominations (okay, he has eight of them), is classically trained as well as pop & rock n’ roll credentialed…well just because of all of that, doesn’t mean that I would like this soundtrack! Yeah, who does this guy think he is, anyway? Time for a close encounter with a potential audience member:
I’ve always been fond of the music of Eureka, and was definitely ready for this cd.
Acclaimed composer Bear McCreary, of Battlestar Galactica renown, does a masterful job of musically mixing it up. Of his own creation he says, “Whether or not you’ve seen Eureka, this CD is worth checking out. The music is a totally unique and twisted blend of folk, blues and zydeco with 80s New Wave synths, 8-bit and 16-bit video-game-inspired FM synthesis, 70’s keyboards, accordions, dobros, didgeridoo and a little Spanish Flamenco. “
I couldn’t have said it better myself. For one thing, I’m a sucker for accordion music, ever since my south pawed brother taught me how to play “Three Blind Mice” on my Dad’s accordion (turned upside down and backwards) when I was a sprat of six. The zydeco takeoffs are always fun and sometimes gritty, and the subtler accordion melodies are clever. Continue reading →