23 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Force is as strong as ever in John Williams’ writing for orchestra. His mix of classical influences hasn’t changed—why mess with film-scoring perfection?—but he’s found new ways to make the melange sing. The marching aggression of brass instruments during “Attack on the Jakku Village” has an appropriately Mahlerian grandeur, while a Debussy-like flute cavorts intriguingly through “The Scavenger.” And when it comes to choreographing battles in space, as with “Scherzo for X-Wings,” Williams’ talent remains unmatched.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Force is as strong as ever in John Williams’ writing for orchestra. His mix of classical influences hasn’t changed—why mess with film-scoring perfection?—but he’s found new ways to make the melange sing. The marching aggression of brass instruments during “Attack on the Jakku Village” has an appropriately Mahlerian grandeur, while a Debussy-like flute cavorts intriguingly through “The Scavenger.” And when it comes to choreographing battles in space, as with “Scherzo for X-Wings,” Williams’ talent remains unmatched.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.8K Ratings
1.8K Ratings
Kasaar 0101 ,

No Iconic Themes

The soundtrack is serviceable at best, but is is missing the “theme” that should accompany every Star Wars movie. For instance; in Empire we had a plethora of themes; The Battle of Hoth, The Imperial March, Yoda’s Theme, The Asteroid Chase, Han and Leia’s Theme, The Cloud City Theme.. see where I’m going with this? The music was good but there was nothing “hummable” from the soundtrack except the revised themes from the original trilogy.

If I may be so bold to say; the prequels got one thing right, and that was the music. I guess I was just expecting more.

TheHalfMexieCan ,

This sounds hideous

It's just so silent I can't hear anything but it's innovative gives you the real experience of what space sounds like

Notorious Mexican ,

Ignore Everyone who gives this a Bad Rating

Some people are complaining about John Williams’ score not having a “memorable” theme, this is not necessarily true. What the music lacks in “epicness,” it retains in technicality and thematic focus. A score like Williams’ own “Revenge of the Sith” had, like, 5 choral pieces; it sounded “epic,” yes, but it was also missing a bit of cohesiveness because there weren’t any new reoccurring identities just new choral music and action bits [which is fine, it worked for that film]. With “The Force Awakens,” Williams introduces musical ideas for Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe, the Resistance, and, of course, Rey, as well as utilizing familiar themes from the previous scores [which makes sense because the film features a return of familiar cast members]. Rey’s theme is beautiful and it appears throughout the score—again, this did not happen in 2005’s Star Wars score. Kylo Ren’s theme can be heard on a number of tracks (and it provides good counterpoint at times) but IF that, somehow, doesn’t impress you… Well, there’s great reprisals of the Force theme, The Han Solo and Leia Love Theme, The Rebel Fanfare, Luke’s Theme aka Main Title, AND, on top of all that, Williams’ sophisticated writing is everything a Star Wars score should be: brassy, heroic, emotional, and fun. This notion that “The Force Awakens” score is somehow “weaker” or “disappointing” because it doesn’t have a Duel of Fates V 2.0 is rubbish for the Maestro continues proves that—as far as film music goes—there is no one at his level. That's not even an opinion at this point. Granted, “The Force Awakens” is not as strong as the original trilogy’s scores, but it is certainly stronger than at least two of the prequel scores despite lacking “that big epic awesome song.” For the people who are whining about how “only” the older themes stood out: (a) pay more attention and (b) personally, I haven’t heard the Rebel Fanfare sound so exciting since “A New Hope.”
P.S [1]: I did hear that Kylo Ren’s theme is ‘incomplete,’ if that makes sense, due to his character not being fully trained. Assuming it’s true, THAT is genius!
P.S [2]: The tracks, “Follow Me” and “The Falcon,” are supposed to be one. If you watch the film, they’re heard one right after the other. Not sure why “Rey’s Theme” was stuck between the two. Hope that helps a bit.
P.S [3]: Poe's theme is, sadly, only heard twice on this album (but it can be heard during one of the X Wing scenes in the film) on the "I Can Fly Anything" track and on 'Jedi Steps' end credits.

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