This is why the download has been sitting on my Wish List for months now. There are 3 or 4 songs I really want but don't want the rest enough to spend the extra money on the complete album... Maybe I'll wait until I see the film agaom and see how I feel.
Recently I think TV and video games have come on leaps and bounds with memorable themes. Not to say the eighties and early nighties aren't awash with great title themes (Knightrider, the A-Team, Airwolf, Baywatch, Tour of Duty, Friends) but Game of Thrones and True Blood have memorable title tunes as examples. Almost Human has me warming up the Shazam app as soon as it starts as they consistently drop in great dance tracks from artists I've heard of but never really explored.
As for video games, there's a four-disk Skyrim soundtrack that regularly plays as ambience in my household. My favourite group, Hybrid put together the score for Ghost Recon Future Soldier producing a collection of very cinematic electronic synth and bass-heavy pieces. Then you have EA that have been compiling excellent game soundtracks for a decade with their most recent, UFC, suiting the subject matter really well with a mash of metal and rap. The recent Fallout games captured the mood amazingly well with their quirky compilations (and led me on a journey of discovery, downloading the entire Fallout 3 soundtrack). My current favourite game, Battlefield 4, has a short bar of synth that is very reminiscent of the Terminator theme. They use it in all their adverts and it's instantly recognisable. My most recent purchases were two albums from Liquid Cinema. I'd never heard of them until I Shazamed the title music to Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark. So yeah, lots of good stuff in games...
But from years gone by, I think Vangelis' Bladerunner soundtrack has stood the test of time phenominally well and even now evokes the sound of a cyber punk eutopia. I also enjoyed the brief trend in collaborations in the mid to late nineties: Who'd have thought Korn and the Dust (Chemical?) Brothers could make such a grindy sound in 'Kick the PA' on the excellent Spawn soundtrack? Or that Biohazard and Onyx would work so well for the titular Judgement Night? It was an era when move soundtracks would sell on their own merit and have a relevance to the movie. You could listen to the Matrix soundtrack today and probably know every scene each song related to. Tank Girl, although a crazy film, had a really fun and varied soundtrack that summed up the film wonderfully.
Nowadays I think soundtracks are created either to sell to the masses, or as a fan-targeted curiosity. The former will be a compilation of recent pop bands' hits and the latter, a limited-distribution score. I liked the soundtracks of the Bay Transformers movies but nothing really struck a note with me. There was nothing on there I couldn't get from another album...
Oh yes, someone in my hall of residence had that on a lot. I never did see the film though.
Seems worth mentioning Guardians of the Galaxy in this thread now, I just got the deluxe edition of the OST the other day which has the score and the Awesome Mixtape. I have at least three of the songs on other albums, but it was still hard to resist. The soundtrack was such an important part of that film.
Indeed, I'm sure I read somewhere (SFX?) that the director wanted the soundtrack to almost be a character of it's own, providing context as well as a touch of comedy where needed. I passed on them this time
Off the top of my head, the last truly memorable soundtrack for me was probably Danny Elfman's Spider-Man music. I'd like to say that the two Captain America films are approaching that, but the truth is I only remember how great they are when I actually hear them. I suspect that the main Pacific Rim theme is destined to go down as one of those memorable themes though. Maybe not as much as John William's work, but amongst the type of people who think of Predator or Robocop when asked about favourite themes.
Last Edit: Aug 20, 2014 14:17:57 GMT by Kingoji: atrocious spelling