TotL – 10 Favorite Soundtracks of 2017
We’re getting into the end of the year list time, and the humble geeks here at Outright Geekery are not immune to the journalistic desire to recap the last 12 months in various categories. This week’s Top o’ the Lot – or TotL (Pronounced “TOTAL” by the kids) – tackles one of these end of the year summaries, as will most of the TotL weekly lists for the rest of this year. I got a whole lot to say about 2017, and most of it was awesome. I’m getting all musical with this week’s list as I delve into some of my fave tunes from this year’s movies and TV. Now, I’m not one of these hardcore movie-music aficionados who examines every note, comparing it with its corresponding motion picture scene, and picking it all apart until both the movie and music are all but ruined, but I know what I like. So, without further ado, we get all heroic, we’re diggin’ hard on this year’s horror, and we’re going in no particular order, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: 10 Favorite Soundtracks of 2017.
There’s lots of superhero movie soundtracks on this year’s list, but Wonder Woman did exactly what it was supposed to do. It’s an overall outstanding score, but just like her fellow Trinity member Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman got an unmistakable anthem that will accompany the character on the screen forever.
Stranger Things 2
Stranger Things first season was a landscape of symphonic tunes and 80s throwbacks, and the second season was just as good if not better.
The JL score winded up getting a lot static, but Danny Elfman killed it by adding some of the older, more traditional and well-known film music into his own score, and did it superbly.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
There may not be another director out there who so meticulously chooses the songs for his movies, but James Gunn is a just really good at matching great, retro tunes to epic sci-fi fantasy.
A terrific example of a perfect horror soundtrack. The score creates the mood just as much as anything having to do with cinematography. A true unsung hero of this surprise hit.
Another great movie that perfectly incorporates the soundtrack and score into the plot, and Baby Driver’s plot hinged very much on a key musical aspect.
Star Wars The Last Jedi
The classics are classics for a reason, and the great John Williams takes his legendary score for one of the most popular movie franchises of all time with a wonderful revisit. It’s not truly updated, but the composer is able to keep the same overall feel while giving the audience something new. Not an easy feat.
Beauty and The Beast
Again, the classics are classics for a reason, and this one revisits, updates, and outright does in what came before it with beautiful renditions of songs everyone’s known forever.
The Lego Batman Movie
This is easily the most fun I’ve had with a soundtrack all year. Great originals, perfect additions, cool covers, and by far the best, most heroic score of all of the superhero movies this year.
Just like Get Out captured the air of the horror it was trying to communicate, Aline Covenant’s score did a brilliant job of carrying that grimy, sci-fi horror tone the franchise is so well-known for. Mechanically haunting, and just maybe my favorite orchestral only score of the entire year.
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