Soundtrack Review: Sonic Highways

Soundtrack Review: Sonic Highways

Sonic Highways Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Sonic Highways by Bryan Lee Brown.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 66.5
Album Excellence: 100%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Sonic Highways is a 2014 American documentary miniseries directed by Dave Grohl and written by Mark Monroe. The documentary was made concurrently with Foo Fighters’ eighth album, Sonic Highways, and was broadcast on HBO. Grohl described the project as “a love letter to the history of American music”. Each of the eight episodes is presented as an exploration of the musical history of a different American city through a series of interviews by Grohl. The group is also shown incorporating what they learned from the interviews into the writing and recording of a new song in or near that city. The series debuted on October 17, 2014. The score is composed by Bryan Lee Brown.

The music of Foo Fighters we all know, but what of a documentary about them and their music? If the music was similar, then they would just have Foo Fighters scoring it, so I guess the score will be quite different from their music. The score opens with ‘My Experience’, and right away I enjoy the sound. There’s a steady buildup of pulsating synths. The guitar sounds dreamy, ethereal. This could easily be another love letter to my personal musical taste. ‘Another Spirit’ has that same freaky feeling. The guitar is more prominent here, but the music is very light, very breezy and the thematics is very good. The music has a nice “rock” feel to it, yet it’s not exactly Foo Fighters style. It is more of an indie rock feel, and a very nice feeling it is. It is very honest, very down to earth. I can identify with this music. It also speaks to the hard work of getting to where Foo Fighters is today.

What is it with the great documentary scores coming out this year? I can’t remember a year such as this. The number of great scores keep racking up. True, I’ve been fortunate to be able to listen to more scores this year than probably ever so that helps, but I am really blown away by the variety and the excellence that is out there just waiting to be discovered and this year I’ve discovered quite a bit and this score is just another great standalone listening experience. The music feels like a very intimate and personal experience and this music could easily be music to my life, anyone’s life. It is heartfelt, it is honest and it is real. Yes, this is a documentary score to my life and it has hit the proverbial sweet spot musically. The light indie rock style combines with textures and minimalism is just great. It is soothing to listen to, medicine for the mind and soul. I hope you get a chance to listen to it. It might just be perfect for you too.

1. My Experience
2. Another Spirit
3. Accord
4. You And I
5. Sea Flower
6. Lunar Vision
7. Many Branches *
8. North Of Rome
9. Far Away
10. Young Love
11. Believer
12. Dream
13. Anxious Dream
14. Shoots
15. Thaw
16. Yucca
17. Offerings
18. Hollywood Translator
19. Eye Of The Hurricane
20. Passing Through
21. Those Who Go Before Us
22. Thoughts Of Nashville
23. Now
24. Destroy It
25. Moon Over Rancho
26. Surrounded By Friends
27. The Colors
28. Vespertine
29. Rivers Run Together
30. Elapse

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Sonic Highways, 8.8 out of 10 based on 5 ratings


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