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Soundtrack Review: The Finest Hour

The Finest Hour Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Finest Hour by Carter Burwell.

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At a glance:

Geek Score: 91.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 33.8
Album Excellence: 70.4%

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Well I’ve heard some incredible things about this score, even things like Epic and big which kind of the opposite of Carter Burwell so this should prove very interesting. The score opens with ‘Meeting Miriam’ which is more to Burwell’s regular routine. A lyrical minimalist cue, quite lovely. It’s a great little theme. very uplifting and romantic. Burwell is certainly in romantic mode for the next one as well, ‘It’s Starting To Snow’, another simple but lovely theme (well to be fair, it reprises the Miriam theme which is the strongest part of it). I’m loving this theme more and more by the way. I like the fact that this album not only consists of the actual score as supposedly heard in the film but also has a few pieces of unused music like ‘Pendleton Jump / Split (Unused)’ a big sounding dramatic cue with stick percussion and wild strings and horn section. Now this is definitely not something Burwell does a lot of and I applaud that. It’s fun to listen to and yes, it does sound epic at times.

Still in many cues like ‘The 36500’ and ‘Bucket Line’ I can hear that Burwell “bass” sound present in his previous action scores and that bothers me a bit. Took me away from what was sounding big and epic in ‘Pendleton Jump / Split (Unused)’ which is clearly one of the best highlights of this score. There’s a couple of great cues that Burwell is co-credited with Philip Klein. They are very deep and rewarding and I particularly enjoy the haunting horn sequences in both. ‘Rescue’ goes even further with a rampant epic action piece in the second half, one that I enjoyed perhaps most of all. This is more in tune with what someone like Hans Zimmer is up to these days. I never thought I’d put Burwell and Zimmer’s name in a review together, but it has happened, get over it. I’d say this is pretty impressive work from Mr. Burwell and he proved that he could go all the way epic in his action, but he also proved he’s not far from himself which can be a good thing or bad thing depending on who you ask. I enjoyed this though and I hope you do too.

1. Meeting Miriam
2. It’s Starting To Snow
3. Pendleton Jump / Split (Unused)
4. Lost Our Lights
11. Crossing The Bar
12. Beaching The Pendleton (Unused)
14. Four Men Lost
15. Rescue
17. Last Man Off (Unused)
18. Safe Harbor *

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