Well, here it is...the last film score the late, great James Horner was ever involved with. He’ll truly be missed. Like other modern-era masters such as John Williams and Hans Zimmer, Horner’s unique compositional style and approach put an instantly recognizable stamp on every film he worked on, regardless of the genre.
He passed away before he could finish scoring The Magnificent Seven. It was completed by one of his longtime collaborators, Simon Franglen, but you can’t really tell. And taken as a whole, this album is...well, magnificent.
Running 76 minutes and consisting of 25 tracks, the score is appropriately rousing, tense and exciting. Many pieces definitely sound like the type of music we commonly associate with westerns, and some would even sound at-home accompanying the 1960 version of the film. At the same time, the whole score has a modern feel that suits the remake well.
The Magnificent Seven is one of the better mainstream film scores released on disc this year. While it’s sad knowing this is James Horner’s swan song, at least his amazing career ended on a high note. I think Elmer Bernstein would approve.
PURR-R-R...LIKE A GOOD SCRATCH BEHIND THE EARS