The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [OST]


Howard Shore


Amoeba Review

12/10/2012

Without having seen a bit of the film, I can say The Hobbit’s soundtrack by Howard Shore (who also wrote the music for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film series) musters up the concept of great endeavor, of the struggle and adventure at the heart of The Hobbit the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. This great purpose is given on “My Dear Frodo,” a track full of omen and purpose, featuring choral vocals and booming drums that echo the sounds of epic warfare. The sounds grow lighter and more mercurial on “Old Friends,” painting a vivid picture of The Shire at the story’s outset. The tracks grow more purposeful, with darker tones interspersed, as they continue. Deeply intoned vocals appear in “Misty Mountains,” a beautiful, elegiac song that calls to mind ancient and ritualistic forms of music, consisting only of vocals. Similarly, “An Ancient Enemy” conjures its namesake with deep choral vocals and foreboding strings. Kiwi Singer Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) appears for the medieval “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” which Finn said he tried to make sound “dwarven.” With its chanted vocals, percussion that clangs like a sword and on the heels of Shore’s epic soundtrack, you’ll want to draw swords against the hordes yourself — at least figuratively speaking.

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Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
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1.
My Dear Frodo
Howard Shore 08:04
2.
Old Friends
Howard Shore 04:29
3.
An Unexpected Party
Howard Shore 03:52
4.
Axe or Sword?
Howard Shore 05:58
5.
Misty Mountains
The Dwarf Cast , Richard Armitage 01:43
6.
The Adventure Begins
Howard Shore 02:05
7.
The World is Ahead
Howard Shore 02:20
8.
An Ancient Enemy
Howard Shore 04:58
9.
Radagast the Brown
Howard Shore 04:54
10.
Roast Mutton
Howard Shore 04:03
11.
A Troll-hoard
Howard Shore 02:39
12.
The Hill of Sorcery
Howard Shore 03:51
13.
Warg-scouts
Howard Shore 03:02


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
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1.
The Hidden Valley
Howard Shore 03:52
2.
Moon Runes
Howard Shore 03:20
3.
The Defiler
Howard Shore 01:14
4.
The White Council
Howard Shore 07:20
5.
Over Hill
Howard Shore 03:44
6.
A Thunder Battle
Howard Shore 03:55
7.
Under Hill
Howard Shore 01:55
8.
Riddles in the Dark
Howard Shore 05:21
9.
Brass Buttons
Howard Shore 07:38
10.
Out of the Frying-Pan
Howard Shore 05:55
11.
A Good Omen
Howard Shore 05:47
12.
Song of the Lonely Mountain
Neil Finn 04:09
13.
Dreaming of Bag End
Howard Shore 01:49

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