I was thrilled with just one minute of the preview for “Song of the Lonely Mountain” by Neil Finn, so you can imagine what I’m going through with a full four minutes.
You can listen to it here courtesy of Rolling Stone. There is a six minute version on the Extended edition of the soundtrack. Neil Finn was right. Pop music does need more anvil. [Update: Just an FYI, those two extra minutes are instrumental only. Bummer.]
I’m not really emotional when it comes to music, but this one is digging through my defenses in a big way. It is well-balanced between soaring and down to earth (the sound of hammer on anvil is practically a requirement for dwarven themed music, and they don’t scrimp on it here), and the whole song has a deep, slow moving determination to it. But I’ll leave it to more musically inclined folk…
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