Judging from the trailers and clips that have been released over the past few months, Oblivion has the makings of a terrific sci-fi film. My hopes for it are high, and they’re even higher now that I’ve listened to the soundtrack. Comparisons the Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy score are perhaps inevitable, but Oblivion is a strong work in its own right, and it manages to bring more than to table than just catchy techno beats. There’s depth here, too; as grand and exciting as many of the cues are, this score really shines during its quiet moments. My only complaint (and the reason I’m withholding a star) has to do with the fact that M83’s signature sound doesn’t make a more prominent appearance. If you’re a fan of “Outro” or other M83 classics, as I am, then you’ll probably be disappointed, too. Don’t let that deter you from adding Oblivion to your library, however: it has plenty of good stuff to offer (particularly in its latter half), and if you’re looking for the first great soundtrack of 2013, I’d say you’ve found it.
– Waking Up
– Earth 2077
– Canyon Battle
– Raven Rock
– Temples of Our Gods
– Fearful Odds
– Oblivion (feat. Susanne Sundfør)
If you’re wondering whether the Deluxe Edition is worth the extra three bucks, the answer is yes. Absolutely yes. It’s currently only available on iTunes, but $12.99 for nearly two hours of music is a steal.