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Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers - Wea

Underwhelmed as we are by franchise McBlockbusters, this score's by the really rather talented Howard Shore, who was responsible for the coolly sexy sounds which rippled under David Cronenberg's Crash. His soppy strings for the first Baggins movie won him all manner of awards and made the UK Top 10. This one is distinguished by its remarkable guest vocalists: Iceland's Emiliana Torrini and former Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Fraser—from "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" to Gollum and Samwise: it makes a kind of sense, no? What with this and Lisa Gerrard regularly elevating Michael Mann's films, can we soon expect to hear Kim Deal singing the Harry Potter theme song? Maybe not.

Rating: 3 / 10


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