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Composer Howard Shore's magnificent, appropriately epic work on director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy garnered the Canadian composer three Academy awards, and rightly so. When Jackson decided to tackle The Hobbit in 2012, it took little convincing to bring Shore back to Middle Earth along with him, and the resulting Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of three installments, dutifully reflected the lighter tone of the pre-Fellowship film while paying homage to the darker adventures that follow. For The Desolation of Smaug, Shore honed the themes introduced in An Unexpected Journey and amped up the darkness and bombast, introducing a memorable new cue to accompany the arrival of the film's scaly antagonist.

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this song stinks. But the movie looks really really cool

Ed does it Again

The new Ed Sheeran song made me realize how excited I am for 2014 and new music! The song is absolutely amazing. I might watch the movie just to hear it in theaters. Seriously.


I am an avid fan of Howard Shore and has 4 prior soundtracks for Peter Jackson's interpretations of Middle Earth. I absolutely love the thematic feel and the flavor added to the films by those film scores. However, I find the soundtrack for the second film severely lacking. I have been trying for weeks to pin it down as to why I don't care for it. A few things come to mind. The first being the lack of choral work. This has been essential in the success of the other film's scores. Secondly, the music seemed to lack theme. Yes, Smaug has his and its ok, but nothing spectacular. The wood elves don't have much going on musically either. Third, the music feels like 80% or so is filler and nothing more. Seems to me Mr. Shore was bored on this go around.


Born: October 18, 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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