Soundtrack Review: Moonlight

Soundtrack Review: Moonlight

Moonlight Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Moonlight by Nicholas Britell.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 25.4
Album Excellence: 100%

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Moonlight is a 2016 American drama film directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp & Duan Sanderson. A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. The score is composed by Nicholas Britell.

Britell is a composer who has gotten up to a remarkable great standard really fast. A few years ago, no one knew who Nicholas Britell is, and now everyone looks forward to his scores. Or is it just me? Either way, I’m excited to listen to another Britell score and the premise for this one is interesting. What is the “war on drugs” era in Miami? Having fond memories of Miami Vice, I hope it’s that era we’re speaking of. The score opens with ‘Little Theme’ and it is indeed little, or rather short. Only a minute long, but it has Britell’s footprint all over it. Soft, minimalistic and beautiful. This is going to be a beautiful listening experience isn’t it? I feel it. With ‘Ride Home’ there’s more of the same beauty I remember hearing in “Free State Of Jones”.

‘The Middle Of The World’ is the best on yet with a fantastic violin section. It reminds me of some of Joshua Bell’s work from scores such as Defiance. It’s amazing to listen to, and I’m more than happy I spent some money on a good DAC and headphones because this is truly worth the attention. At this point I had to check the liner notes. It is Tim Fain who is the violin soloist credited in the booklet. I’m amazed. Love it. Fain was the violinist on Free State Of Jones and 12 Years A Slave. It’s powerful emotional music at it’s finest. This score captures my imagination and even though I hoped for a trop back to 1984 and Miami Vice, I’m glad I ended up where Britell wanted to take me. I can’t imagine this music being used for this, but then it’s a coming of age story and not necessarily about the drug trade. We must be following a deep personal journey and this music feels that way to me. The music has it’s experimental phase like ‘You Don’t Even Know’ and ‘Sweet Dreams’, but the overall feeling is that it fits beautifully into this score. Britell has done it again and created an amazing listening experience. Terrific!

2. Little Theme
3. Ride Home
5. The Middle Of The World *
6. The Spot *
7. Interlude
8. Chiron’s Theme
9. Metrorail Closing
10. Chiron’s Theme Chopped & Screwed (Knock Down Stay Down)
11. You Don’t Even Know
12. Don’t Look At Me
14. Atlanta Ain’t But So Big
15. Sweet Dreams
16. Chef’s Special
18. Black’s Theme
19. Who Is You?
20. End Credits Suite
21. Bonus Track: The Culmination

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Moonlight, 8.1 out of 10 based on 7 ratings


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