The musical stylings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack (Review)

by Lemuel Low
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January 11, 2016 by Lemuel Low

The musical stylings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack (Review)

When the average person thinks of the Star Wars, he thinks Jedis, LightSabres and Princess Leia(slave version). But if you have been a fan of the series, which I have been for so long, you know that its the music that makes the fight scenes intense and the x-wing battles/chases epic. So when our friends at Universal gave me the opportunity to review the album for the Force Awakens I was ecstatic that I would get the opportunity to listen to every track that constitutes the movie. However, the only problem is that I have yet to watch the actual movie in cinema due to my recent illness and work commitments. So with my amateur ear for music and my imagination of how Kylo Ren looks like, I will try my best to tell you about Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack. (You should stick to the end because there are details on how to win the album, plus a t-shirt. Just saying)

The album starts of with Tiring Games by British Singer/Songwriter John Newman. Upbeat and exciting, the title track is obviously meant for an action flick like Star Wars.  It has somewhat of an 80s psychedelic feel where if you listen to it enough, you just can’t help but go into a trans-like state where you dance to light sabres flashing on top of you, and start inadvertently murmuring the words “tiring game” over and over again. Definitely a fun song to have at a party.

However, if you are not into contemporary re-imaginings of how Stars Wars should sound like, fret not. Mainstay classics such as the famous Star Wars intro sequence and other classical numbers occupy the next remaining titles. Most of the tracks are unique to the 7th instalment. With so many iconic tracks throughout the years, you would worry if Star Wars would just rehash old tracks and make it a best of album. Lucky there’s none of that here. Hearing a classical Star Wars soundtrack score, new or old, really brings you back to the days of childhood wonderment watching the fantastical world of Star Wars for the very first time. (How many of you actually wanted to become astronauts because of the movie?). Intriguing though to an amateur Star Wars fan like myself is that these songs are so familiar by ear but without seeing the track name, I couldn’t associate them with the score.

Spoiler alert though: you should definitely watch the movies, including no 7, before hearing the soundtrack. Titles like Rey meets BB8 or Finnis Confession means nothing to me now, but I have a feeling I am going to regret it when I finally watch the movie. Like how a good MV makes a song a classic, scene music association is crucial if you want to fully understand the significance of the score. I intend to listen to the album again after I’ve watched the movie to fully enjoy the already pleasurable soundtrack.

Just on the pure merit of the music though, nobody does change of tone and beat quite like John Williams. The famed Composer of Star Wars, E.T. and Jaws takes you on a journey of immense ups and downs with his accompanying orchestra. Listening to it at home, I feel like I’m immediately thrusted into deep space and ready for some battle to the death.

By now, you must have realised I have not really spoken much about the technical aspects of the music. I must confess I haven’t heard much classic music since putting down my scores after grade 5 piano practical, but this definitely has made me curious how it’s still very much enjoyable to the casual listener. Can’t say I will ever wanna go through practicing on the keys again, but definitely shows how classical style is still very much relevant in today’s contemporary world.

So if you, like me, haven’t me never heard this album before, I definitely recommend you do. If you are a fan of great cinematic music, you should definitely get it. If you a fan of the Star Wars, you most definitely must have it!

This week, we will be doing a giveaway of the album and a limited edition Star Wars T-shirt. Click here for details on how you can be one of the 3 lucky winners to walk away with this prize!

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