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 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Listened to some of the samples today - and I really couldn't find any that jumped out at me. A bit disappointed... I probably won't see the film in theaters (doesn't look good imo). Hope to get some more reviews/impressions from folks.

I feel the same way. Pity as I was looking forward to it. Maybe someone can chime in when they've listened to the score in its entirety. We all know sound clips can be deceiving

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

I really am looking forward to the movie, the trailers look great as did that train fight scene. I enjoyed much of Beltrami's kinetic score samples here, so it should be a neat listen.

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 11:33 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)


I like it, particularly at the 4:50 mark. Looking forward to both this score and the movie (which actually wasn`t the case prior to seeing the 'train' trailer).

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 3:26 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

track times:

1. A Walk in the Woods (1:02)
2. Threnody for Nagasaki (1:15)
3. Euthanasia (1:36)
4. Logan’s Run (3:56)
5. The Offer (3:15)
6. Arriving at the Temple (2:10)
7. Funeral Fight (4:22)
8. Two Handed (4:04)
9. Bullet Train (1:31)
10. The Snare (1:32)
11. Abduction (2:11)
12. Trusting (1:54)
13. Ninja Quiet (3:40)
14. Kantana Surgery (3:50)
15. The Wolverine (2:21)
16. The Hidden Fortress (5:02)
17. Silver Samurai (3:27)
18. Sword of Vengence (4:32)
19. Dreams (1:21)
20. Goodbye Mariko (1:01)
21. Where to? (2:25)
22. Whole Step Haiku (2:08)

TT: 58:35 approx

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   Xalandar   (Member)

Almost one hour! That s lenghy for a Beltrami album! Cool!

 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   CédricD   (Member)

CD review (in French)

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Release date July 23 (changed back from previously announced July 30) according to

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

since the official website is getting a little neglected, here is finally few Wolverine samples wink

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I love it!

Great atmospheric writing, thematic ideas interwoven and intelligently handled, unconventional instrumentation. I´d say this is the adult counterpart to other comic book scores of this year. Definitely recommended!

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   BackToTheFutureFan   (Member)

Picked up the album in store yesterday. Wow, is Beltrami finally getting the chance to score big budget movies? World War Z was fantastic and this one is even better. His music sounds so fresh compared to what we have been getting. Can't stop playing "Logan's Run".

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

"Logan's Run" is easily some of my favorite cues this year. great action writing there. and i'm guessing the two repeating notes heard on the first track is his theme? could be wrong but liked it a lot.

only disappoint was the harmonica, from the way it was teased on this forum I was expecting it to be featured prominently in the score but only heard it on two tracks and it didn't do much to be honest. still a fun solid score though. "Silver Samurai" and "Bullet Train" are great action cues too.

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Listened to some of the samples today - and I really couldn't find any that jumped out at me. A bit disappointed... I probably won't see the film in theaters (doesn't look good imo). Hope to get some more reviews/impressions from folks.

I feel the same way. Pity as I was looking forward to it. Maybe someone can chime in when they've listened to the score in its entirety. We all know sound clips can be deceiving

It didn't do much for me. Short two or three note "themes" don't cut it. Action music doesn't really seem to have any themes driving it. Most of the score is pretty heavy on the dark orchestral sound Beltrami has been doing for a while.

For point of reference, I've never really been a fan of Beltrami so it doesn't surprise me that a score most of the fans are loving doesn't do much for me.

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   David-R.   (Member)

I'm definitely enjoying the album. The first 2 tracks, A Walk In The Woods and Threnody For Nagasaki are 2 slow yet beautiful melodies. I echo that Logan's Run is a fantastic action piece. The Offer sounds just like it's name - a slow melody that seems to offer redemption for a wandering soul. Katana (NOT Kantana) Surgery sounds like it could come from one of his horror scores - it's a chilling piece that builds tension with the strings until the climax. I didn't find the action material that fill out the middle of the album quite as engaging, but the album is brought to a nice close with some serene tracks like Dreams and Goodby Mariko, followed by the victorious Where To?.

This is definitely not a typical superhero score, but that can be a good thing. Beltrami has given a strong contribution to the music of the X-Men universe. The music this time is more personal, focusing on the character of Logan and his struggles, and I think his loner identity is well represented in the music. Highly recommended.

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

I just finished my first listen and I feel confident to say this sits right beside John Powell's X-Men: The Last Stand as THE BEST music to underscore an X-Men adventure. Like a more somber Blade II, this score is a WINNER! I was enthralled during that first listen and this is a score that stands out amongst the all-too-large crop of bland superhero adventure scores. I can't wait to spin it back again, this time on some good headphones.

 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

As was mentioned earlier, "A Walk in the Woods" and "Threnody for Nagasaki" (cheeky track title, Beltrami has always been better with these compared to Giacchino's overtly pun-heavy attempts) are lovely shorter cues, but I've got to stress my love for a few very engaging, incredibly emotional tracks outside of the exciting action material (which all feature superb percussion work).

"Euthanasia" is a largely "quiet" track -- meaning you guys complain when music is "loud" but don't ever highlight when a composer chooses to provide a more melancholy approach -- but the harmonica in here is very memorable and it's a great lead into the rhythmic "Logan's Run."

"Abduction" is a stand-out on this album, to me. It starts in a wildly atonal fashion (somewhat like Beltrami's work on The Hurt Locker) but it builds and builds to a gorgeous melody and continues on with harmonica, blaring brass, and what sounds like a pan flute.

"Trusting" includes more simple harmonica work. I consider there to be just the right amount of harmonica in this score, like in David Newman's score for The Spirit.

I think I'd consider "Ninja Quiet" as my favorite action-based cue, as it is largely "action music" free and relies more on a steady sound that makes me think of stalking -- it fits perfectly with its title.

"The Wolverine" comes back around to the more "heroic" material found in "Abduction," and I think Siriusjr is missing out by scoffing away shorter note-count motifs and themes. I don't want to supersede your opinion, but I've never been concerned with the amount of notes in a theme (or motif) but rather how it relies on context. To me, thinking otherwise, just seems contradictory to musical appreciation.

I really, really love "Hidden Fortress." It's another great track title calling back to a fantastic Kurosawa film, and it's got a lot of content within its 5 minutes, including subtle early harmonica use, building crescendos, and finely tuned percussion.

The final track, "Whole Step Haiku," delivers a simple and effective finale to the soundtrack album by bringing back light, "airy" percussion (which brings back memories of Kawai Kenji's work on the Ghost in the Shell animes) and the harmonica.

 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Great review nuts_score. The more I listen to this score the more I discover how intricately composed and arranged it is.

The score certainly reveals itself on close listening, one has to empty out any expectations as to how a superhero score should sound like. And it rewards the listener with so many ideas that the effect is absolutely astonishing.

Definitely one of the best scores of the year so far. Highly recommended.

 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Variety mentions that the film has "a sensational cross-cultural score from Marco Beltrami."

 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Indeed. And the best thing: it avoids any clichés one would have suspected from a film set in Japan.

 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Sketchkid   (Member)

Well the samples just didn't do it justice - I want ahead and purchased, so far it sounds pretty great!

 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Mink   (Member)

Saw the movie and loved it, same for the score. While some of the quiter moments like The Snare aren't that memorable, but the action pieces are spectacular: Logan's Run, Funeral Fight, Bullet Train, Abduction and esspecially Silver Samurai (ironically written by Marcus Trumpp) deliver some of the best kick ass action music of the year IMO.

That being said, the romantic and subtle music for Mariko's and Logan's scenes or the walk in the woods are excellent too, even though some might find them not developed enough.

Highly recommended! :-)

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