Soundtrack Album Review Music By Steven Price
Varese Sarabande/19 Tracks/76:58 Grade: C
“Fury” is the latest film starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Ayer that takes place in April 1945 during World War II as the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. The film has been a critical and box office hit so far with its striking visuals and solid storyline.
Director David Ayer has had a rather interesting and ecclectic group of composers starting with Graeme Revell, who scored both “Harsh Times” and “Street Kings” and David Sardy who recently scored both “End Of Watch” and “Sabotage” which came out earlier this year. Now it is Oscar Winner Steven Price who won the award for Alfonso Cuaron’s brilliant film “Gravity”, who’s the chosen one for this latest project that required a composer to bring to life the harrowing wartorn world to life. The score to “Fury” isn’t all that dissimilar to that of “Gravity” and there are plenty of elements from that score thrown into this one like the use of electronics for example. This score is alot more fuller orchestrially with a judicious use of a choir in which will remind many of Hans Zimmer’s work in which this score is a little inspired by.
The album opens with the moody and big orchestrial sound of “April, 1945” with pulsing electronics and rumbling string and percussion work with a chanting choir a la Hans Zimmer which is the score’s signature theme. The score also features alot of moods and atmosphere that does use the theme very well for both dramatic and action purposes. The drama is emphasized by keyboards as the leading instrument as well as cello and percussion which are highlighted by the tracks “The War Is Not Over”, “Refugees” (one of the album’s best tracks), “The Town Square”, “This Is My Home”, and “I’m Scared Too” are some of the best material this score has to offer which is a good contrast to the heavy action material this is included here. Speaking of which that material are highlighted by a couple of excellent tracks including “Tiger Battle”, “Still In This Fight”, “Crossroads”, and “The Beetfield” the latter two are very lengthy tracks filled with pulsing hard charging material that really do define the score to a tee. There is plenty to like in these tracks that I’ve mentioned here.
“Fury” is a really well packed album that to me is pretty much a tale of two scores: a full blooded orchestrial score with some really great bells and whistles and a score that is just too dominated by electronics that really makes it harder at times to get into. The theme is very solid and engaging but the problem is that a little of it goes a long long way. I really liked about half the score to be honest and the rest I could give a pass too. “Fury” isn’t a bad score and it is a pretty good follow up to his Oscar win, but I can’t quite recommend it. Thumbs down.