Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson – “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

Album Reviews | By on Mar 23rd, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service album review

Record Label: La-La Land Records
Genre: Film Score
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The latest fun movie by Matthew Vaughn is Kingsman: The Secret Service, which stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, and Taron Egerton. I haven’t seen the movie yet but heard a lot of great things about. I’ve a big fan of Vaughn’s movies so I’ll just check it out when it’s out in video.

Composers Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson worked on the film score for the movie and it’s very action-packed. I’m familiar with the scores from Jackman but not too much from Margeson. The duo have worked together on a lot of Jackman’s scores, with Matthew doing the additional music. This time they both get credit as the main composers though.

The film score has its moments where it’s action heavy (“Skydiving”) and other times it’s suspenseful (“Valentine”). The stuttering beat heard first in “Valentine” is played throughout in some tracks (“Curious Scars and Implants”) but not sure I like it. It’s not too long but feels like the part is skipping, cuts of and repeats itself. This sounds like it could be the villain’s theme? That’s a nitpick from me though. “Pick a Puppy” is very reminiscent of X-Men: First Class, another great Jackman’s score. I like the use of guitars, which is why it reminds me of X-Men: First Class. That’s one of the recurring themes that gets played throughout the score but isn’t too in your face about it. I like it though because it feels like it could be in a superhero movie as well. Overall, a good score by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson and probably works best in the movie as oppose to just listening to it by itself.

Bottom Line: Jackman (and Margeson) deliver another stellar score
Notable Tracks: Manners Maketh Man, To Become A Kingsman, Pick A Puppy, Toast to a Kingsman
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