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Soundtrack review: Horns (ROB – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Horns (ROB – 2014)

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“Horns” is the story of a man accused of raping and killing his girlfriend, a man who wakes up one morning with horns growing out of his head, horns that have the ability to drive people to confess sins. It stars Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. I was unfamiliar with the composer ROB (Robin Courdet) before listening to this score.

“Lift” is the ray of light from the beginning of the score, a gentle solo piano that makes a point. Give me more of this! I get what I want with the enriched version of the cue, “Lift orchestra”. The piano theme also returns for “Perrishers” and “Vinyl memory” and it’s the only saving grace of this score. This love theme is simple and beautiful, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of “Horns”.

“Iggy Burns” is another beautiful cue, and it shows the potential this score had. But for every good cue there are a couple of really forgettable ones. Sadness is the overall mood of “Horns”, but a kind of bland sadness. It has no depth, no emotion, I don’t feel it. The beautiful piano themes are not enough to save this score, and it’s not one I will return to. The good parts are too soft to remember, and most of the score is forgettable to me. This score doesn’t make me care for the subject of the movie and it just flows by me… All I hear are echoes of a beautiful piano theme…

Cue rating: 62/ 100

Total minutes of excellence: 9 / 42

Album excellence: 21%

Highlights:

Lift

Perrishers

Lift Orchestra

Red

Vinyl Memory

Iggy Burns

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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