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I see... a great score.

Just to get this out of the way; Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’ track is tremendously poor, Sheeran as a songwriter, and musical artist falls far short of the talent expected of a guest writer for Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth trilogies - proved not only by Sheeran’s atrocious back-catalogue, but evermore so with this new track. He shouldn’t have even been considered for the role. An Unexpected Journey’s guest track was far better, yet still leagues behind the tracks written for the LotR series.

Regardless, it only minority spoils the rest of this soundtrack, for Shore has graced us yet again with tremendous amounts of doom, terror, flamboyance, and hope. The pieces written are terrific, and while signature tracks are not as memorable as LotR's, the score has no less new themes, than AUJ.

To buy or to not to buy? That is the question...

Although providing some good tracks, I don't think the soundtrack lives up to the previous one. Most songs feel like gap fillers and the general theme is random violin notes and loud orchestral pieces with no clear direction. However, the last track 'Beyond the forest' is worth buying. I would like to buy the album but I'm not sure as to whether or not it is worth it or not. Advise would be greatly received.

sup dawg

People seem to be forgetting the beautiful, creative, amazing music by Howard Shore on this album? Ed Sheerans song is great but there are other tracks on this album too xo.


Born: 18 October 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Howard Shore has composed the scores for over 50 films, including The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, After Hours, Seven, and both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. His collaborations with David Cronenberg have resulted in scores for the films The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly, and Crash, spanning a nearly 20-year period by the year 2001. Shore's formal education came at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. From 1969-1972 he recorded...
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  • £6.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2013

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