I can’t remember the last time I was in a movie theatre (or even wanted to be). But that doesn’t stop me from checking out their soundtracks. The increasing number of quality TV soundtracks and scores don’t hurt either. Here are the ones that earned some stars from me in 2019:
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Soundtrack
WHO IS HE? You mean Quentin Tarantino? Oh, he’s nobody special — just the most influential filmmaker of the last 25 years or so, thanks to groundbreaking and indelible movies like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Django Unchained and more.
WHAT IS THIS? The official soundtrack to his latest film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as an actor and his stunt double in the days leading up to the Manson Family murders in the helter-skelter summer of 1969.
WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Much like Tarantino’s other superb soundtracks — especially the one for Reservoir Dogs — this 31-track behemoth offers an ultra-cool mixtape of classic tracks, moldy oldies, obscure gems and fictional radio broadcasts.
READ THE FULL REVIEW AND HEAR THE ALBUM HERE
Beyonce | Homecoming: The Live Album
Beyonce | The Lion King: The Gift
Biffy Clyro | Balance, Not Symmetry Soundtrack
David Byrne | American Utopia on Broadway: Original Cast
Brian Eno | Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks Extended Edition
Labrinth | Euphoria Score
Wynton Marsalis | Bolden: Original Soundtrack
Mötley Crüe | The Dirt Soundtrack
Kacey Musgraves | The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show
Bruce Springsteen | Western Stars: Songs From The Film
Various Artists | Blinded By The Light Soundtrack
Various Artists | The Music of Red Dead Redemption II
Wu-Tang Clan | Of Mics & Men
Thom Yorke | Anima
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