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Album Review

Much as the Steven Spielberg-produced video game Medal of Honor spins out of the filmmaker's World War II opus Saving Private Ryan, so too does the game's soundtrack derive from John Williams' original feature score. And while composer Michael Giacchino successfully captures the suspense and drama one associates with Williams, in many respects this is a richer and more dynamic score than its predecessor, with none of its hamfisted sentimentality or emotional machinations. Giacchino employs familiar classical styles to create a bold, often majestic war score that pulses with energy and tension — this is music forged from heroism and patriotism, yet it never feels heavy-handed. It may read as a backhanded compliment, but Medal of Honor is arguably the finest video game score ever written.

Biography

Born: 10 October 1967 in Riverside Township, New Jersey

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Composer Michael Giacchino grew up fascinated with both movies and music, and he's gone on to an ideal career writing scores for a number of acclaimed films, television series, and video games. Michael Giacchino was born in Riverside Township, New Jersey on October 10, 1967, and grew up in nearby Edgewater Park. As a child, he developed an interest in animation and began making stop-motion cartoons, but discovered his favorite part was selecting the music that would match the action. After high school,...
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