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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: John Paesano
Label: Sony Classical
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 16 September 2015

Sony Classical releases John Paesanon's score for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The film stars Dylan O'Brien in the role of Thomas, who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape...

While John Paesanon's score for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials doesn't deliver any real surprises, it's an interesting action / adventure soundtrack that contains a few interesting themes (most notably in the tracks 'The Source', 'The Cure' and 'Tired of Running').

Oddly enough, it's a totally different animal from his score for The Maze Runner and you may be a little disappointed if you're expecting more of the same. Personally, I'm pleased to see he's gone in a slightly different direction, although I'll admit I didn't warm to this score quite as much.

The album contains 21 tracks (1 hr, 16 min, 03 sec), so you certainly get your money's worth, and as music to put on in the background while playing a game, this hits all the right beats.

A couple of other thing that struck me, momentarily, was that 'Uninvited Guest' seems to have been inspired by Alan Silvestri's music for Back to the Future. And 'Goodbye' brought to mind Rob Simonsen's score for The Age of Adaline.

It's not going to rock your world, but if you're a fan of scores with a nice mix of mellow tracks and action / adventure music, you'll find lots to enjoy here.


Darren Rea

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