Soundtrack Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane CD
10 Cloverfield Lane

Released by Sparks & Shadows, 2016
14 Tracks with a total running time of 63 min.
Music by Bear McCreary

This guy McCreary but be working his butt off because I keep seeing his name all over the place! And honestly, that is a good thing because we’ve been fans of his work ever since the days of Wrong Turn 2 and Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back! But this time he tackles the new film from Producer J.J. Abrams, which is about three people in a shelter hiding from what might be outside.

Tension is really the main theme of this score. Some composers usually have to have quick, fast paced and repetitive notes to build up tension with the audience. But the talented Mr. McCreary is able to do that not only with the faster paced pieces, like tracks #5 At the Door and #10 The Burn, but even with a slow and steady piece, like the opening track Michele or track #4 A Bright Red Flash. With long and drawn out notes, some of them sounding like they are coming from a rusty piece of metal, he is able to build the same kind of tension, but under a slow boil, which works before you ever even notice it. Well done!

If you’re looking for a score with repetitive theme or a familiar melody, then you need to look elsewhere. But for a score to have playing in the background, that will build up an eerie atmosphere for you, then you might want to check this one out.

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