War Machine [OST] (CD)
Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds co-member Warren Ellis score this Brad Pitt-starrer with a self-described “spiritual electronics.” It’s a statelier soundtrack than you might expect from the prince of gloom, full of wondrous and meditative pieces, though Cave and Ellis still drum up plenty of anxious dread on tracks like “Thousands of Parades, All Over America” — perfectly mirroring our current state. Read more
Wind River [OST] (CD)

Beautifully arranged and possessing a sparseness aching with emotion, Cave and Ellis’s soundtrack to Taylor Sheridan’s film Wind River is a testament to the control they exert as composers, musicians, and masters of their melancholic domain.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 [OST] (CD)

As far as sequel soundtracks go, you can't get much groovier than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which, with its '70s AM classics, is an essential element in the film franchise's chemistry. With mega hits like ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky," George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord," and Cheap Trick's "Surrender," the collection of songs can't help but evoke a thrilling, if not nostalgic, sense of celebration, while songs like Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me" and Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights" create a cool laid-back atmosphere. Keep your ears peeled for Sweet's "Fox on the Run" and "Guardians Inferno," an original tune composed by director James Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates, featuring none other than Knight Rider/Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.

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Purple Rain [Deluxe Edition] (CD)

The audio for the 2017 reissue of Purple Rain was taken from the 2015 Paisley Park remaster of the original soundtrack tapes (overseen by Prince himself) and the album sounds better than ever — more vibrant, more alive, more straight up sexy. In addition to the classic album, the Deluxe version features eleven unreleased tracks from 1983-1984. The great thing about this reissue is it’s not just for collectors and diehard fans; those unreleased tracks are peak Prince, which means they’re worth the price of the album alone. When you can take one of the greatest albums of all time and add that little extra somethin’-somethin’ that makes it just that tiny bit even better, you know you’ve got your hands on a quality reissue.

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Beauty And The Beast (2017) [OST] (CD)

It's been more than 25 years since the original Beauty and the Beast hit movie screens. It was a return to full form for Disney as every single song seemed to become part of the great American songbook. Find someone under the age of 40 who can't hum the melodies to "Be Our Guest." It's one of those songs that transcend the film it's from to become a part of our culture. It's a delight to hear the updated rearranged versions for the new live-action remake. Using the original voices of its stars - Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, and Luke Evans - their performances are on par with some of the best musical singers of Broadway. Josh Gad's showstopping performance of "Gaston" brings a type of physicality and cheery comic book quality that reminds you why he crossed into the world of cinema. His voice is like a cartoon come to life! In homage to Celine Dion's initial take on the Beauty and the Beast theme, she returns with one the film's new songs, "How Does a Moment Last Forever." She embodies that classic spirit of pop vocal prowess that is currently missing (and wanted) in contemporary pop. There's this bravado that she has and few can ever touch. Similarly, Josh Groban gives a sensitive performance to the new ballad "Evermore." His operatic, deep voice has a depth and power that shows him off as a virtuoso always aiming for perfection. Between this and the songs of La La Land and Hamilton last year, hopefully the power of the American musical returns. Beauty and the Beast has a beautiful and lush soundtrack that most films currently shy away from, and these songs will be forever ageless.

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