21 Songs, 59 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
35 Ratings
35 Ratings

Carving a New Path

I'm a guy who loves film scores. I listen to Howard Shore's LOTR series when doing homework. I listen to Hans Zimmer's Man of Steel soundtrack while walking to class. This soundtrack is definitely going on my playlists.

I'll admit, I'm not very familiar with Ludwig Goransson. Looking at his discography, I recognize a few titles (namely Fruitvale Station, another Coogler-directed film), but overall I think this guy is mostly an unknown. That should change starting now. Any time a film score composer is charged with the task of writing music for a movie based in the same cinematic universe as one of the most easily recognizable soundtracks, they have to bring their A-game. Everybody and their dog knows the Rocky theme, so Goransson was entering this project knowing he'd be compared to Bill Conti. I have to say that Goransson did a phenomenal job using the Rocky essence in his writing while still carving his own path for the Creed series. You will hear the familiar Rocky tune more than once, but the new takes on it will give you goosebumps. This soundtrack is a must-have for film score lovers everywhere, and I look forward to watching the movie even more now that I've listened to its music. 5/5


Creed is AWESOME.

Was so happy to get to see Creed at an earlier private screening. The movie was really good. I had mixed feelings about it prior to seeing it and wasn't sure if it will be good or not specially that Sylvester Stallone had a great ending with Rocky Balboa (2006) which was a terrific film. But to my surprise, Creed was absolutely great. Stallone delivers one of his best performances and you truly feel for the character. And the movie score for the film just adds a deeper impact to that. It was beautifully done. I can't wait for it to be released so I can purchase it. Great movie and a must see. And great music.


Soaring Cinematic Sounds

This is one of the most underrated film scores of the last few years. So soaring and so inspiring! Hope they build upon it when Creed 2 comes in 2018!

About Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson is a Los Angeles-based Swedish musician best known for his often playful film and television scores. Göransson grew up with a musician father and began music lessons at a young age. Reared mostly on pop/rock, he branched into jazz and classical in his teens, and went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He then relocated to Los Angeles, enrolled in the Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program at the University of Southern California, and soon found work as an assistant to film composer Theodore Shapiro (Old School, Tropic Thunder, St. Vincent), who shared Göransson's penchant for comedy. After earning some credits on film shorts and in television, the young composer got his breakthrough assignment in 2009 on what would become the long-running sitcom Community, which led to concurrent work on New Girl and Happy Endings, among other TV series. During his time on Community, he also found work on feature films including the comedy We're the Millers and the biopic Fruitvale Station, both released in 2013.

Demonstrating his hands-on interest in genres beyond his screen work -- much of which he had performed and recorded all on his own unless an orchestra was warranted -- he collaborated with Community cast member Donald Glover on Glover's rap releases under the Childish Gambino pseudonym, including 2011's Camp and 2013's Because the Internet. Göransson also started his own solo project under the name Ludovin, releasing the indie pop EP How to Find a Party in 2013 while finding time to collaborate with other recording artists, such as producing two songs on Days Are Gone for indie rock band HAIM and writing songs for, among others, Chance the Rapper and Pell. Community ended its run in 2015, a year that saw Göransson's scoring work in the critically acclaimed Rocky franchise entry Creed. His third collaboration with director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan was for the score to the blockbuster superhero flick Black Panther, which arrived in 2018 and charted at 64 on the Billboard 200. ~ Marcy Donelson

Linkoping, Sweden
September 1, 1984



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