…which will mean a new John Williams score…hope it’s as good as the film…oh wait…the film was er…rubbish…a poor regurgitated story with new thin characters…and oh goody…another bleeding Death Star…how original…can the score save it? Er…no…a crap film is a crap film…on the other hand a good score is a good score…some old familiar themes…intertwined with some great new music…that’ll do for me… ;)
I'm not a fan of classical music but I am a massive fan of Star Wars. I bought this after the the amazing film the force awakens and at first I wasn't sure but I am. It is amazing it has all the the music from the old films some where in the new songs. I rate 5/5 I think it's brilliant!
John Williams has yet again created another classic soundtrack which will be remembered for years to come. This is glorious to listen to. Listening to ‘The Jedi Steps’ makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. If you’ve seen the film then you’ll know why. Rey’s Theme is a delight and one of my favourites on the soundtrack. Excellent addition to the Star Wars soundtracks.
Keeping it short and sweet this is another masterpiece by John Williams. Using familiar pieces mixed with new music to create a unique feel to the movie.
I love this soundtrack, especially Kylo Ren and Rey's theme - both instantly iconic. Also like the X-wing theme; and all the original trilogy stuff
A wonderful soundtrack for a wonderful film. Rich, evocative and unmistakably Star Wars.
I know you his review isn't going to make me popular but to my surprise this was a real let down....
There's no real stand out track on this release, nothing, no Duel of the Fates, no Battle of the Heroes, no Imperial March.... It is all a bit of nothing, if anything it reminds me more of Harry Potter than Star Wars???
After listening to the Star Wars music used in the last trailer I was just expecting the same but there's not a hint of anything like it on this OST...?
Star Wars is a compelling story that is rich and powerful cinema and has touched the hearts of millions of hearts from generation to generation.
I have been a life long fan of Star Wars. John Williams is a god in terms of telling a story through music. Powerful and compelling, you know when you listen to a Star Wars soundtrack you are instantly transported, The Force Awakens takes you on a familiar but new journey that is breathtaking. Williams delivers powerful new themes to the Saga as well as taking us back in time with themes we know and love. It wouldn't be Star Wars without John Williams and the master is back. Let us hope that he returns for Episode VIII and Episode IX. The Force Awakens is a masterpiece of a film and has a powerful soundtrack to accompany it. Star Wars is back!!!
"It’s Star Wars. Okay? "
That’s effectively how the whole soundtrack feels. It’s not a stand alone piece - it needs to have the images of the film to go with it; and in that role it succeeds very well. Williams has always been excellent at thematic scoring and here he follows suit - Rey’s Theme being the best example here. However the rest of the soundtrack just feels like a replay of themes used primarily in Return of the Jedi and overall there seems to be a real lack of a signature piece in the same vein as “Duel of the Fates” from The Phantom Menace.
I loved the film and the music is a huge part of it’s success - but as a stand alone experience, it’s just background music.
John Williams hasn't written a decent score for many years and this is no exception. JJ has made a truly great film and the trend of out with the old should have made its way to Williams. Zimmer would have smashed this score out of the park.
Previous Star Wars Soundtracks had an incredible combination of jolting underscore and iconic melody. The seventh Star Wars soundtrack is distinctly lacking in the latter.
The overall sound of the music is good and initially I thought I was going to love this as much as all of the LSO recordings of the past, but having listened to it a few times, I cannot recall a single melody other than the tiny fragments of the original trilogy scores to reflect a cameo or link to the past.
Instantly forgettable. Such a shame.
John Williams is a Master of his craft, a true genius who consistently reaches indies the soul of every scene. The Force Awakens soundtrack takes on a new but familiar journey, with many surprises to be endured. This is a brilliant soundtrack, staying true to the original classical. I’ve been fan since 1977, and this piece just has been taken to a far far galaxy…
It's a shame that such a much anticipated film has been accompanied by a lackluster score. It feels somewhat that Mr Williams is going through the motions with this one - say what you like about the prequels, but I think you'd be hard pressed to argue that their music was poor. Indeed, one of the most promient themes of those movies, Duel of the Fates, has become synonymous with Star Wars, not to mention Battle of the Heroes and other themes.
There is none of that here. Most of the music has been recycled from the original trilogy and even the ones that haven't feel inconsequentional. I'm a little shocked that I'm feeling this way - I have been looking forward to a new Star Wars score by Mr Williams since the film was announced, and it's a real shame that it is..boring.
Williams is a mastermind he captures the moment perfectly with these tunes. In the film they were almost to good I was trying to listen to them and not the film!
Im a huge fan of John Williams, this isn’t going to be a ground moving album however is a beautifully put together and well worth a listen.. Rey’s Theme is my favourite piece
John Williams deserves another ‘Best Soundtrack’ Oscar in 2016. His music makes the Star Wars more special. The icing on the cake.
Yes the iconic Star Wars music is there; the opening, Luke's Theme and Han & Leia's theme blend fanstatically...Rey's theme and the new Music for the film not up to what John Williams has done in the past. I felt this whilst watching the Film, which was also disappointing. But don't get me wrong I loved the Film and the Score, but guess both didn't live up to my expectations...
This is a good movie score but at best an average Star Wars score, the weakest of the 7. My main gripe is the lack of themes. It's mostly background music with some old favourites making an appearance. No tune you would whistle or stands out. Dissapointing for such a good movie.
I'm 18, and have been religiously listening to the Star Wars soundtracks for as long as I can remember. They were always what made the films really explode with excitement, and I was so, so hoping the same thing would happen with these films. It would seem, however, that the magic is slipping away...
In my mind, albeit a traditionalist, nostalgic view, a Star Wars soundtrack is just as big, prominent and important as all the many things going on on the screen - even in the prequels, the volume on the music was cranked up so high that the sound and visuals couldn't possibly be separated. However, the first thing I noticed in the cinema when I saw it just yesterday was that that first, famous chord, an explosion nearly, wasn't, well, explosive enough. It kind of happened and then moved on, whereas in the other soundtracks it was always an earth-shatteringly massive moment. And that feeling carried on throughout he film - gone it seems are the days of great symphonies and themes dominating the soundscapes of blockbuster films, having been replaced by, well, the soundtrack of backing singers rather than a good old-fashioned duet.
It feels as though Williams and his soundtrack have been somewhat sidelined. The music itself is still very good, a solid soundtrack that supports the film brilliantly. I just can't help but feel that the music wasn't nearly "big" enough in this episode...maybe it's because JJ has a different style to George, maybe it's because the London Symphony weren't used, but for me the magic is just slowly slinking away a bit.
All I can say is that I'm looking forward to (hopefully) a more traditional Williams soundtrack with episode 8 in 2017, and wishing with every bone in my body that the LSO make their return to this hallowed ground.
As with all of the Star Wars soundtracks, this one takes you right back through the film. No matter where you listen to it, be it in a cold, Hoth like environment, or the heat of Mustafar, chills are assured
ok so bought this great album but i think it should of had the trailer soundtrack on it to make it even better
First film score without the London Symphony Orchestra literally pulling the strings! I hope this isnt a sign of things to come now that Lucas has gone. I miss the 20th Century Fox fanfare now that Disney are runnung the show. There are some great stand alone tracks here but the majority have to be seen with the film.
This makes me cry. In a good way.
I've been looking forward to this all year; I've loved these films since childhood and I think John Williams is one of the greatest modern composers around.
John Williams has done it again - love it! I particularly like Rey’s theme and the way Han and Leia’s music is incorporated into the new film. Can’t wait to watch the movie a 2nd time.
Another awesome instalment from the maestro. "Rey's Theme" sure to be a classic, and that last track took me straight back to The Force Awakens' final scene, possibly some of the most powerful images of the entire saga.
The Star Wars universe just wouldn’t be the same without John Williams fantastic soundtracks. Even the much maligned prequel trilogy glistened with a coating of Mr. Williams magic dust. Next time you watch the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ turn down the volume on your TV during the asteroid field scene and when you return the volume you will hear exactly what John Williams has added to the franchise.
There is no doubt though that the original trilogy and the soundtracks captivated anyone within the Star Wars universe and beyond. Play the ‘Imperial March’ from 'Empire Strikes Back' to anyone who hasn’t seen the films and they will still recognise the theme.
That brings us to the start of a new trilogy of sequels that begin 30 years after ‘Return of the Jedi’ with ‘The Force Awakens’. Each piece of music is new but yet sound familiar and that’s not including the ones that have snippets of the past intwined into them. Part of the reason ‘The Force Awakens’ feels like a continuation of the original trilogy is due to the themes that John Williams has constructed that have a familiar yet new sound to them.
Even if you haven’t seen the film, listening to the soundtrack as a complete album takes you on a journey, which includes meeting new friends, moments of uplifting joy, whilst drawing you in to some fierce battles and moments of pain and reflection. Hints of the future and glances to the past.
I had no doubt that this soundtrack would be good and it doesn’t disappoint. If you have seen the film then you know how important this score is to it. I hope that many years from now, people remember this soundtrack as fondly as the original trilogies soundtracks.
When I listen to all the scores before this, I can watch the story in my head; the pieces were that distinctive.
The darkness, the depth, the scope and elation have been lost from this newest addition. You hear small exerts from previous scores, but that’s just it. We wanted NEW arrangements, not a blur of strings and then a few notes from Han & Leia.
Rey’s Theme was the only new symphony that stands out in this whole arrangement.
Things I expected:
- The darkness of Revenge of the Sith
- The adventure of A New Hope
- The suspense and awe of Empire Strikes Back
None of it is here.
Thanks for keeping the tracks hidden till release day and also great to see no spoilers in the track list unlike previous films. Was like returning to my childhood John Williams the master at work
Help to get track 1 to number one for christmas!
Wow! John Williams has created a rich and thoroughly entertaining soundtrack for The Force Awakens.
Rey's theme is fantastic. It's amazing to have the master conducting for the Star Wars franchise again.
The score includes some old favourites from the original films, but also provides a fresh taste of what is to come in the new trilogy.
Let's make the main title Christmas number one brilliant album as well
So the force that is John Williams, whilst never asleep, has awoken with spectacular effect.
Tremendous fun and so very enjoyable
The scores of the Star Wars saga is some of the most famous and this is no different. John Williams has not lost form, the pieces that make this movie's scenes, characters, comedies and tragedies are powerful and emotional. There are the familiar themes that Star Wars would be lost without, mingled with new themes that will no doubt, in this reviewer's eyes, prove the test of time in years and galaxies to come.
Have had the upmost pleasure hearing this beautiful score in the cinema. The Force Awakens is more than I could have hoped for, not so much a film, but a Star Wars experience. Pure awe, mystery, emotion and excitement. This score is a piece of art. John Williams is the master yet again.
Having been an ardent fan of John’s works for almost 40 years (my first introduction to film music was Star Wars in 1977, I feel the sequel trilogy and what will follow will be intense and hearing the small snippets of new score for the introduction after the crawl on 60 minutes along with other mixed themes what one can only comprehend being the first order or Kylo Ren based leaves me with warm child like feelings so pleased John is still strutting his stuff and can’t wait until Thursday Morning for the beginning of the trilogy EVERYONE needs to see.
For someone who has grown up with Star Wars & the music of John Williams, it is giving me goosebumps that there is a new Star Wars score waiting to delight us & fall in love with. Looking forward to the new themes & how they interact with the classic old themes. Battle music of unlimited power & scope will help make Star Wars: The Force Awakens the cinema event of the decade! Can't wait to hear it! :) x