32 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Star Wars creator/producer George Lucas followed up his ambitious, if widely panned trilogy prequel with a distinctly less ambitious extension of the saga, a largely Japanimation-inspired feature that essentially bridges an earlier animated series with its new Cartoon Network incarnation. And while SW purists are likely still debating the project’s narrative and design merits somewhere in cyberspace, TV veteran Kevin Kiner’s musical score deserves credit for not only interpolating a few of John Williams’ evergreen themes in fresh new ways, but infusing their Hollywood Golden Age swashbuckling sensibilities with some refreshing contemporary flourishes. Kiner infuses his orchestral score with dollops of driving rock and organic, ethnic modalities that parallel Bear McCreary’s innovative work on the new Battlestar Galactica, some feverish percussion and synth landscapes, and even brief flourishes of ‘50s jazz. However mixed the blessings of Lucas’ Star Wars empire have become in recent years, its music remains arguably its most consistently rewarding element.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Star Wars creator/producer George Lucas followed up his ambitious, if widely panned trilogy prequel with a distinctly less ambitious extension of the saga, a largely Japanimation-inspired feature that essentially bridges an earlier animated series with its new Cartoon Network incarnation. And while SW purists are likely still debating the project’s narrative and design merits somewhere in cyberspace, TV veteran Kevin Kiner’s musical score deserves credit for not only interpolating a few of John Williams’ evergreen themes in fresh new ways, but infusing their Hollywood Golden Age swashbuckling sensibilities with some refreshing contemporary flourishes. Kiner infuses his orchestral score with dollops of driving rock and organic, ethnic modalities that parallel Bear McCreary’s innovative work on the new Battlestar Galactica, some feverish percussion and synth landscapes, and even brief flourishes of ‘50s jazz. However mixed the blessings of Lucas’ Star Wars empire have become in recent years, its music remains arguably its most consistently rewarding element.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
288 Ratings

288 Ratings

MattDoc7 ,

Different, in a Good Way

While this is really nothing like any other Star Wars score you've ever heard, it's still a great listen. It has lots of different musical influences and styles that should help set the mood of the film very well (I'll know that better once I see the film).
Some tracks reminded me of the Unreal Tournament music in some ways (which to me is good).

Papa-Oka ,

SICK, SICK, AND SICK!!!

This album is like a remix and its KOOL!!!
Im a huge star wars fan!!
EVERYONE GO SEE THE NEW MOVIE!!

natveggie77 ,

A new take on Star Wars

It's definitely not John Williams. Being a huge Star Wars fan and also a musician it's different, but good. This soundtrack is very different but it really suits the film well. I think it helps to add a new young and hip feel to Star Wars and I really enjoyed Kiner's score. Especially "Ziro's Nightclub Band"
DON'T FORGET TO SEE THE MOVIE!

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