Soundtracks

Blade Runner 2049 [OST] (CD)

Ambient and crystalline, Hans Zimmer’s score for Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy mirror for this thoughtful, breathtaking film. The music is precise, evocative, and truly spectacular. This transportive soundtrack features electronic soundscapes and the occasional Sinatra and Elvis numbers — it’s a fitting and disconcerting followup to Vangelis’ legendary score for the first film. Cool as ice, devastating, and a total joy for listeners.

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Baby Driver [OST] (CD)

The soundtrack for Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is packed with 30 carefully curated tracks drawn from the worlds of indie, punk, hip-hop, funk, power pop, soul, R&B, and jazz. Pretty much every track is a classic, ranging from the ubiquitous “Radar Love” to the (perhaps) lesser known “Egyptian Reggae.” The collection is upbeat and rhythm-driven, showcasing some of the strongest songwriters in recent musical history. A strong contender for the coolest soundtrack of the year.

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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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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.

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