The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [Special Edition]
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2014: Water Tower Music WTM39601
When time permits Ill have to force myself to play this pair of CDs through starting at Track 2 of Disc 1, omitting Fire and Water, so that I can get a better appreciation for the whole of the composition because Fire and Water is just so FAN-FUCKING-TAS-TIC that I tend to be still reeling from it for several more tracks and usually give in to the urge to go back and play it again. The scene of Smaugs attack on Lake Town was magnificent onscreensuperbly done, in all respectsbut to hear the soundtrack without having the thrilling visuals is a revelation. Howard Shore seems to have pulled out all the stops for Smaugs big scene, especially when it comes to percussion, and the result seems to me to be the biggest sonic firepower utilized in all six of the Tolkien films as is appropriate for the largest of all the creatures of Middle-earth to appear in them. Finally he cuts loose with cymbals crashing left and right instead of just using them for effect here and there . Damned tasty stuff.
Comments © 2013 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.