The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Howard Shore.
“2012 has been a good year with some great film scores, but The Hobbit stands proudly over them all.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first film in a new trilogy based on the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage this is a tale about a curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. The score is composed by Howard Shore.
|1. My Dear Frodo||100|
|2. Old Friends (Extended)||100|
|3. An Unexpected Party (Extended)||80|
|5. Axe or Sword||80|
|7. The Adventure Begins||100|
|8. The World Is Ahead||100|
|9. An Ancient Enemy||100|
|10. Radagast the Brown (Extended)||100|
|11. The Trollshaws||100|
|12. Roast Mutton (Extended)||100|
|13. A Troll Hoard||100|
|14. The Hill of Sorcery||100|
|16. The Hidden Valley||100|
|17. Moon Runes (Extended)||100|
|18. The Defiler||80|
|19. The White Council (Extended)||80|
|20. Over Hill||100|
|21. A Thunder Battle||100|
|22. Under Hill||100|
|23. Riddles in the Dark||80|
|24. Brass Buttons||80|
|25. Out of the Frying-Pan||100|
|26. A Good Omen||100|
|28. Dreaming of Bag End||80|
|29. A Very Respectable Hobbit||100|
|31. The Dwarf Lords||80|
|32. The Edge of the Wild||80|
I was lucky to get a promo of the Special Edition which is what I am reviewing here. It’s been far too long since Lord Of The Rings graced my ears. I currently hold all three scores in high regard, certainly in my top 10 best scores of all time. That is why the anticipation for a new Howard Shore score from the Tolkien universe is sky high for me and everyone who loved the Lord Of The Rings scores. This Special edition contains 32 tracks, 29 of which are by Howard Shore, all in all 2 CD’s and around 2 hours of music.
With the opening cue ‘My Dear Frodo’, which is an excellent opening cue by the way, you go right back into that universe of hobbits, elves and dwarves. It’s just so good to be back! There’s no new major theme yet, but you get to hear the hobbit/shire theme from the previous films quite clearly. In ‘Old Friends (Extended) the hobbit/shire theme unfolds perfectly and I am drawn into a comfortable place of nostalgia.
There’s a song here by Neil Finn called ‘Song Of The Lonely Mountain’ which is a brilliant piece of music and forms the major theme of this score which you can hear in a number of cues like ‘The World Is Ahead’ and ‘Over Hill’. I think it’s a wonderful theme and although there are other minor themes in the score, this is the one that stands out. Beautiful!
There’s of course not a single word I can write about this score that you probably don’t already know and for good reason. This score has the horns, the choirs, the massive quality of sound that is as good as you have ever heard, the works!
This is for me the best film score of 2012 so far and by some distance. The quality here is immense and even though it is a fantastic score, I expected more. There were parts in this score that I wish could have been better so for me, it’s quite a long way behind his three Lord Of The Rings Score. Still, 2012 has been a good year with some great film scores, but The Hobbit stands proudly over them all.
GEEK SCORE: 93.7