Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2019 August 05 • Monday

The 581st Soundtrack of the Week is John Williams's music for The Cowboys.

The main theme, which is a rousing Americana uptempo sort of march-like piece, similar to one of the major cues Elmer Bernstein wrote for Stripes, gets a workout here, appearing in various arrangements and settings.

There are also some eerie and menacing cues that use dissonance and space very effectively, such as "Long Hair's Threat" and "Afraid of the Dark".

While there are some less typical Williams tones here and there, mostly it's of a piece with his other work, displaying the effortless-sounding lyricism and his fondness for certain orchestal colors.