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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Benjamin Wallfisch
Label: WaterTower Music
Release Date: 08 September 2017

WaterTower Music release the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for New Line Cinema’s highly anticipated IT, the movie based on the iconic Stephen King novel of the same name which has been terrifying and thrilling readers for decades. Composed by Benjamin Wallfisch, the score is released on double CD and digital versions. Special vinyl picture disc and double vinyl versions arrive just in time for Halloween, on 17 October 2017...

Composer Benjamin Wallfisch (Annabelle: Creation; Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain; Pressure; Conquest 1453; Desert Dancer; The Escapist; Gamba; Hammer of the Gods, The Thirteenth Tale) delivers an incredibly intricate score for IT. In fact, this is one Horror soundtrack that every soundtrack collector should have in their collection, even if they normally shy away from Horror releases.

The score contains 38 tracks (1 hr, 27 min, 02 sec) and while there are the occasional cliched horror elements you'd expect; those adrenaline fuelled music cues designed to make the jumpy bits more... er... jumpy in the film, Wallfisch handles them with much more care than you'd expect.

However, the majority of the tracks are made up of beautifully melancholic themes which make the creepy tracks all the more unsettling. The traditional nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons' also appears a handful of times. It's creepy when it's sung by children but even creepier when it's speeded up and electronically manipulated.

Wallfisch really gets inside your head and paints an unsettlingly eerie picture with his music.

As I always do when reviewing, I listened to the album once, put it aside for a few days and then listened to it again a handful of times... but I couldn't stop listening to it. I've written so many notes on why I love it and have dissected the majority of tracks, although it will be of little interest to anyone but me. I haven't heard an album that works as well as this for quite some time.

The album contains 38 tracks (1 hr, 27 min, 02 sec) and the more interesting tracks are to be heard from track 22 onwards. At times I was reminded of the Hitchcockian suspense that only Bernard Herrmann could deliver, while at other times Danny Elfman's gothic music for the Tim Burton Batman films sprung to mind.

At times it's creepy, at other moments it's heart breakingly beautiful... Wallfisch is a master at his craft and this is a score you'll get years of listening pleasure out of.


Darren Rea

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