Shore's Score Is Lord Of The Soundtracks

Howard Shore
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [Limited Edition]
Warner Bros.

Do yourself a favor, if it's not already too late. Before going to see "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," pickup the soundtrack and listen to it the whole way through. I did, and it increased my appreciation for the movie even more than I'd expected.

The movie's score is outstanding, building tension where necessary and holding back when the focus needs to be on the dialogue. This translates very well to a CD, with ebbs and flows making it an easy listen from start to finish.

Sitting back and listening to the album, people who've read the book can actually envision how the movie will play out. From Frodo's internal struggle with the ring to the massive battle at Helm's Deep, everything seems larger than life with Shore's composition, which surpasses the work on the original theatrical release of "The Fellowship of the Rings" and might even be better than the re-score for the extended DVD.

All that said, the "Limited Edition" is a disappointment. The extra song doesn't distinguish itself from the rest of the album, and the special features mostly consisted of a website that as of last week was only partially live.

So, get the regular version of the soundtrack and use the money you save to go see the movie again -- but not before you listen to the score.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5