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Free Birds by Dominic Lewis (Review)

posted Dec 3, 2013, 8:00 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Dec 19, 2013, 10:39 AM ]

Dominic Lewis is a fantastic new talent who has been working behind the scenes with some big names like John Powell, Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman and Ramin Djawadi. He makes his feature scoring debut with Free Birds after being personally recommended by John Powell for the job. Free Birds is an absolutely wonderful score full of fantastic melodies, a wonderful theme and tons of character.

Free Birds is the story of two turkeys who team up to travel back in time to make sure turkeys are off the menu for Thanksgiving. The score that Dominic composed is full of fun whimsical excitement, big moments and tons of charm. There’s a tiny bit of sci-fi thrown into the mix as well to add some propulsive fun. With a handful of long tracks you can really see how well executed the score is, and how well it flows. The score is not all light as there are some pretty resounding emotional moments as well. “Fowl Play” and “Cold Turkey” are tracks that have some great emotional resonance. The final act is full of big moments that don’t hold back, and will be sure to give you some goosebumps in the best way possible.The way Lewis variates the main theme is fantastic. The theme is the anchor of the score and comes up in just the right places. Now, anyone who knows John Powell’s music is going to notice some influence here in Dominic’s music. This is not a bad thing and it doesn’t overtake Lewis’ own unique voice as a composer. The whole experience is truly a wonderful journey that has a very special charm.

If you’re looking for a really great orchestral adventure score with tons of character then you will not be disappointed. Nothing about Free Birds dictates that it came from a novice composer yet this is Lewis’ first feature. The music has fun, excitement, emotionally resonating melodies and a theme to carry it home. Lewis truly delivers on all fronts for a very memorable score. Dominic Lewis is definitely one of the best new talents to emerge on the scoring scene and I absolutely cannot wait for what he does next.

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