Frankenweenie [Original Score]

Danny Elfman

Frankenweenie [Original Score]

September 25, 2012

Film Music

Not one of the film composer's most iconic soundtracks, but one of his most representative, this 2012 score borrows from the whimsical rhythms and choir-laced palettes of works like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but tempers the sound with a more a more restrained (relatively speaking), sentimental tone. Despite track titles that refer to death and monsters, it's not only for Halloween.

- Marcy Donelson

Let England Shake

PJ Harvey

Let England Shake

February 15, 2011

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

While some fans wonder if PJ Harvey will ever make an album again that rocks like Dry or Rid of Me, 2011's Let England Shake confirmed she can still makes emotionally powerful music, even at a lower volume. 12 songs about conflict, war, and loss that face spare arrangements against an idiosyncratic use of samples, Let England Shake is a deeply affecting work that's all the more potent in our current moment of political chaos.

- Mark Deming