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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Soundtrack Reviews

The Complete Two Towers: Disc Three

by Ken Newquist / July 28, 2007
Cover: The Complete Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - The Complete Recordings by Howard Shore and released by Reprise Records is a huge collection containing 3+ hours of music from the movie spread over three CDs and augmented by a video DVD documenting the soundtrack's production. It's so huge that a single review won't do it justice, so instead, I'm blogging it. View the "Blogging the Complete Two Towers" category for the complete list of posts in this series.

The Complete Two Towers: Disc Two

by Ken Newquist / February 8, 2007

 The Complete Two TowersThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - The Complete Recordings by Howard Shore and released by Reprise Records is a huge collection containing 3+ hours of music from the movie spread over three CDs and augmented by a video DVD documenting the soundtrack's production.

Role-Playing Possibilities with The Complete Two Towers, Disc 1

by Ken Newquist / January 24, 2007

Cover: The Complete Two TowersThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - The Complete Recordings by Howard Shore and released by Reprise Records is a huge collection containing 3+ hours of music from the movie spread over three CDs and augmented by a video DVD documenting the soundtrack's production. It's so huge that a single review won't do it justice, so instead, I'm blogging it. View the "Blogging the Complete Two Towers" category for the complete list of posts in this series.

Blogging the Complete Two Towers: Disc 1

by Ken Newquist / January 22, 2007

Cover: The Complete Two TowersThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - The Complete Recordings by Howard Shore and released by Reprise Records is a huge collection containing 3+ hours of music from the movie spread over three CDs and augmented by a video DVD documenting the soundtrack's production. It's so huge that a single review won't do it justice, so instead, I'm blogging it. View the "Blogging the Complete Two Towers" category for the complete list of posts in this series.

My first impression as the music starts playing -- and I'm immediately confronted with notes I haven't heard since watching The Two Towers-- is that the difference between this and the regular soundtrack is like the difference between reading the books and watching the movies.

The movies give you a beautiful experience … but the books give you depth. And that's what the complete series CDs give you as well -- every note played on screen, evoking every musical sense that you felt. No short cuts, no abridgments, just Howard Shore's beautiful music.

Chronicle Narnia's Audio Wonders with the Movie Soundtrack

by Ken Newquist / April 4, 2006

 Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack has me torn. On the one hand, I've now got another fantasy-themed soundtrack that I can use in my role-playing game sessions. On the other, my geek music collection now includes a song by Alanis Morissette.

I mean no offense to the women geeks out there, for whom this is probably a good thing, it's just that I've never really liked Alanis' music all that much -- its just too depressing, too angsty for my taste (but hey, I still regularly listen to Huey Lewis). Fortunately her track on this album -- "Wunderkin" -- is fits the soundtrack quite well, and has less angst-per-beat than most of her other music.

Saddle Up With the Firefly Soundtrack

by Ken Newquist / February 27, 2006

Firefly Soundtrack Cover

The Firefly soundtrack doesn't have the same cinematic, awe-inspiring musical grandeur of the score for a Star Wars or Star Trek film. Instead, it yields the familiar sensations all too common in Firefly ... the sense of coming home, and the sense of something great once held, then lost.

The songs are as rich and textured as the series that spawned them. It's got the western twangs you'd expect, mixed in with the mystical Oriental strings, and occasionally torn by horrific riffs reflecting horrors confronted and bested. Or run screaming from.

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