MUSIC REVIEW : FIRST MAN by Justin Hurwitz [OST Review]


With vintage electronics, brilliant orchestral harmony, wailing theremin & the terrific main theme, Justin Hurwitz successfully created a melancholic space sound which is emotional & moving! 



After 2 years, The 'LA LA LAND' team back with another epic movie - First Man, the biopic of Neil Armstrong. 2 Oscar winning, the LA LA Land magician Justin Hurwitz scores this prestigious movie. The Full Original Soundtrack is released today, so let's check if Chazelle-Hurwidz combo able to create the same magic or not!

Starting with two simple electro tension building piece, 'KAREN' is first track to draw attention, soft, melodious. But I surprised that Hurwitz still couldn't forget LA LA Land days, and the tune is almost same. 'BABY MARK' & 'SQUAWK BOX' also base on the same. But the MAIN THEME is brilliant and match the expectation level, an epic harmonic piece that will touch the heart directly. 'ARMSTRONG CABIN', 'SEXTANT' & 'THE LANDING' are based on the main theme and these are pure brilliance. 'DOCKING WALTZ' brings the LA LA Land effect back with its arresting progression and rhythm. But the OST's highlight was use of 'Theremin' - a special electronic instrument. 'It'll be an Adventure' & 'I ought be getting home' feature the haunting, beautiful theremin. The Soundtrack's best is 'QUARANTINE' - a perfect mix of all the scores.

Thus with Vintage electronics, brilliant orchestral harmony, the wailing theremin & the terrific main theme, Justin Hurwitz successfully created a melancholic space sound which is heavily emotional.

Another Decent work but not as brilliant to confirm this year's Oscar & Grammy, still will be a favorite at award shows. 

MY PICK: 'ARMSTRONG CABIN'
                    'DOCKING WALTZ'
                       'THE LANDING'
                         'QUARANTINE'

OVERALL RATING: 4/5

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