Howard Shore “The Aviator”

Album Reviews | Mar 3rd, 2005

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Record Label: Decca
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Howard Shore, the new John Williams? That’s how I feel after hearing his PERFECT Lord of the Rings trilogy music. I will anticipate each score he releases now and his next big score is the Aviator. You can tell Howard Shore does a lot of research with each of his projects, and this time he focuses on the eras between 1920’s-1940’s. That’s when the movie takes place and is about the millionaire/ director/producer/test pilot Howard Hughes. The opening track “Icarus” sounds exactly from that time period and has that classical feel to it. Some of tracks, I hear a little bit of LOTR creeping in, but that’s just Shore’s dark style. You’d expect a less epic sounding score after his years working on Lord of the Rings, but this album clearly is just as good. I have not seen the movie yet but I’m sure the score fits the movie perfectly. Go out and buy this score, and appreciate another fine piece of work from Howard Shore.

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Notable Tracks: “Icarus” “H-1 Racer Plane” “Mighty Hercules”
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