Soundtrack Review: Alien Covenant

Soundtrack Review: Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Alien Covenant by Jed Kurzel.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 99
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 57.3
Album Excellence: 97.2%

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Alien: Covenant is a 2017 American science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston & Billy Crudup. This is a sequel the 2012 film Prometheus and is the second installment in the Alien prequel series. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival. The score is composed by Jed Kurzel.

I’m really excited about this film and score. Just look at that album cover. That is comfort food for an Alien fan. The original score by Jerry Goldsmith has been lauded by fans and critics and there’s a reason for that. The mood Jerry manages to convey in his score is just fantastic. This is also why I think Jed Kurzel is perfect for an Alien score if he can tap into that dark ambiance that he has been able to pull off with his scores. The score opens with ‘Incubation’ and did I say dark? This is definitely that. Interesting sounds, like wind and a variant of Jerry’s pulsating synth. Oh yes, this is grounds for being very excited indeed. Oh, pardon my languague, but holy hell, Jerry Goldsmith’s iconic Alien theme is used in ‘The Covenant’. Oh man oh man. I’m stoked! Kurzel my man, you are playing a blinder here. This is exactly what I had hoped for or maybe dared to hope for, but didn’t expect to get.

The nostalgia alone is just great, but there’s something about Kurzel’s sound which is putting me straight into that universe and that is simply brilliant. Just listen how Kurzel plays within the same universe as Jerry’s score, but adds his own sound to it. It is gorgeous to listen to. Kurzel is playing with mind, but in a good way, in a great way actually. It’s scary how Jerry’s “soul” is floating in this score, not only musically, but in spirit, right down to the classic two-note motif. I feel that Kurzel has nailed it. I never quite warmed up to the equally lauded Aliens score by Horner, I felt it was missing something. This is finally the sequel score I always wanted. Kurzel isn’t afraid to go big when needed even though the Alien-factor is subtle and real. ‘Launcher Landing’ and ‘Planet 4 (Main Theme)’ or example is gorgeous when the real force of the orchestra arrives. For horror fans, there’s a lot to enjoy as well, maybe particularly ‘Face Hugger’ and ‘Lonely Perfection’ which particularly scared me. So maybe I’m gushing over this score too much, but man I’ve missed a score like this, and it has been nearly 50 years since I’ve heard similar tones. Ok, so not everything works. Like that overly effect-based cue ‘Payload Deployment’. That cue is probably best enjoyed in context. Still, what Kurzel has managed to come up with is a great homage to Jerry Goldsmith’s original score while adding a bit of his own flair, particularly the pulsating tense action pieces late on, ‘Cargo Lift’ and ‘Terraforming Bay’ are true highlights which feels like Kurzel is channeling Fiedel’s frantic action cues from The Terminator. Get your headphones ready, because this is a blast.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Incubation
2. The Covenant *
3. Neutrino Burst *
4. A Cabin On The Lake *
5. Sails *
6. Plane 4 (Main Theme) *
7. Launcher Landing *
8. Wheat Field *
9. Spores
10. The Med Bay
11. Grass Attack
12. Dead Civilization
13. Survivors
15. Command Override
16. Face Hugger
17. Chest Burster
18. Lonely Perfection
19. Cargo Lift *
20. Bring It To My Turf
21. Terraforming Bay *
22. Alien Covenant Theme *

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Soundtrack Review: Alien Covenant, 8.0 out of 10 based on 11 ratings

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