I've not really done any music reviews, but I've been a grand fan of soundtracks, so now's as good a time to start as any.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, Lakeshore Records, August 23, 2011, 21 tracks.
My thoughts: This is a spectacular album, especially coming from Beltrami. He has been composing soundtracks to suspenseful and creepy movies for a long time (The Woman in Black, My Soul To Take, and The Thing, to name more recent ones). This one works really well in giving the whole atmosphere an old yet electrically tense feel. (Gramophone Lullaby) Anything could happen at any moment, and things certainly do happen (in Bed Bugs and The Library, for instance). If you want just plain eerie, go for Goblin Trouble. Gramophone Lullaby and Main Titles are the two tracks that truly enchanted me and told the story. The others were subtle in supporting the film, and didn't often force the scary moment. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark has opened my eyes to Marco Beltrami, and I am looking forward to browsing his various contributions to the world of music.
My rating: 4 stars
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