I usually try to post this article as late as possible, just because there’s so much work involved in it and I want to give each score a proper listen. So usually it becomes the last thing I post before every day becomes about Oscar categories. But this year, everything is so early, I couldn’t even get 80% of the Release Calendar up before that happened. So this is the first article you get post-Oscars.
I listened to 89 different scores for this article over the past five weeks. Typically how I work is, I realize this article is coming around November and start compiling as many scores as I can. Then January starts and the Top Ten list is over and I start looking to what the big workload articles are gonna be. Which invariably begins with this one. So I start doing quick listens of all the scores to get an idea of what my general ‘pool’ is gonna be. And then I ignore it for about a month until I realize, “Oh shit, that’s going up in a week.” Then I frantically listen to every score, come up with a list of 25 and write everything up in the span of about four days.
You’d think I’d know better, but on the other hand, you’d think we’d have properly studied for all our tests and done all our papers and projects on time in school. Sometimes that’s just how we work. So yeah. I listened to all those scores and picked my favorites. I am by no means someone who understands the intricacies of music. I’m just listening for stuff I like, and I do my best to explain why I liked it. That’s pretty much it.
Here are my favorite film scores of 2019: (more…)