Thursday, December 13, 2012

Classic Albums: "H" for "The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey" OST



As my slightly infrequent journey through ’classic’ albums continues ... I am going to take a bold and audacious step and name Howard Shore’s score for “The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey” as my classic album for the letter “H”.

Why is this a bold and audacious step? Well ... the CD was released on the 10th of December 2012 ... and four days isn’t *really* enough time for something to become a classic ... but to me this soundtrack has.

Let me explain.

It is all that is brilliant about Shore’s work on “The Lord of the Rings” but better.

Yes ... better!

The Special Edition disc ... is a 32-track double-album ... filled with the best Shore has to offer. It has 6 additional tracks and 7 tracks that are extended from those that feature on the ’normal’ edition ... and features so many themes and leitmotifs, it is simply stunning. This album feels new *and* familiar at the same time ... something I find utterly remarkable yet entirely in keeping with Shore’s previous work.

It is truly brilliant. Yes, I am biased considering my Tolkien nerdery ... but as a piece of music it is wholly accomplished and deeply engaging ... moving the heart and stirring the soul.

I can't wait to put the music to the moving pictures … and tomorrow I will … but for tonight, I have my imagination.

Recommended.

Tx


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