Maps To The Stars Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Maps To The Stars by Howard Shore.
At a glance:
39 minutes of score
Geek Score: 46.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 1.95
Album Excellence: 5%
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Maps Of The Stars start very dreamy with a little dash of jazz which I liked quite a bit. I’m thinking that Shore has taken “Stars” at the end of the title and created a dreamy atmosphere that reminded me of the stars and the universe. Now this is no sci-fi, not by a long shot, but it’s interesting if Shore has played with it a bit. Now the rest of the score is another matter and extremely loose and all over the place. You have the jungle drums in ‘Set Me Free’, boring violin in ‘Stolen Waters’ and a electronica mashup that doesn’t sound good at all in ‘Wildfire’.
The “stars” theme continue during the score and it’s probably the best thing about it. This is yet another score suited perfectly to fit the film, maybe more than most. As a standalone listen it’s pretty hard to sit through. While we’re waiting for The Hobbit, there are far more pleasing scores to listen to.