Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch - Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - 2x LP Vinyl

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Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
12" Vinyl


Those who’ve grown up worshipping the original score will undoubtedly hear faint echoes of the past, much like the narrative that unfolds on-screen, but it’s hardly as abrasive or on-the-nose as that might read. With the exception of their “Tears in the Rain” redux, the two opt for a more subtle approach to past motifs, one that thrives with hush-hush flourishes sprinkled throughout. It’s as if Zimmer and Wallfisch are sneaking through the abandoned confines of the Tyrell Corporation, and they happened to brush by an ancient machine or two. Instead, you get the idea that Zimmer’s leaning heavily on his recent work for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, capitalizing on that signature bass and those distant strings of his, all of which makes for an essential touch to the hollowed-out world of Blade Runner 2049. But there are also hints of The Dark Knight Rises, what with those haunting Gregorian chants (“Wallace”) and the unforgiving digital storms (“Blade Runner”), and they also set aside enough room for the beauty in the universe, as evidenced by the tranquility of stunning tracks like “Rain” or “Joi” or “Memory”. It’s stunning stuff.

Completists will also appreciate the two Elvis Presley songs — “Suspicious Minds” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — and the lonely Frank Sinatra classic (“One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)”) that soundtrack arguably the greatest scene in a film of greatest scenes. Hearing those pop up during the listen should send a few shivers down the spine of anyone who’s seen the film, particularly the way they’re wedged between haunting tracks like “Pilot” and “Hijack”. Unfortunately, the whole shebang is somewhat soured by Lauren Daigle’s godawful closing ballad “Almost Human”, but the song itself works like a post-credits sequence — superfluous and extra baggage the majority will otherwise ignore. Instead, due attention should be given to the real closers, the two sweeping 10-minute suites, “Sea Wall” and “Blade Runner”, all the evidence you need to know that Villenueve made the right choice in giving the job to Zimmer and Wallfisch. You’ve never seen a miracle, but you can hear one.
A1–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch2049
A2–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischSapper's Tree
A3–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischFlight to LAPD
A4–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischRain
A5–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischWallace
A6–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischMemory
A7–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischMesa
B1–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischOrphanage
B2–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischFurnace
B3–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischSomeone Lived This
B4–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischJoi
B5–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischPilot
B6–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischHijack
C1–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischThat's Why We Believe
C2–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischHer Eyes Were Green
C3–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischSea Wall
D1–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischAll The Best Memories Are Hers
D2–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischTears In The Rain
D3–Hans Zimmer & Benjamin WallfischBlade Runner
D4–Lauren DaigleAlmost Human

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