John Williams

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)' (album stream)

BY Alex HudsonPublished Dec 18, 2015

Unless you've been living under a particularly large, heavy rock, then you already know that this week marks the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With the film now in cinemas everywhere, John Williams' soundtrack has been released.

The album begins in very familiar fashion, and when "Main Title and the Attack on the Jakku Village" kicks in, you'll practically be able to see gold text scrolling against a background of stars. There's also lots of original music on the album, with the whole thing sounding very much like classic Star Wars.

"I've loved doing the Star Wars films with all their fanfares and flourishes," said Williams in a statement. "I actually feel as though I am still in the galaxy far, far away. I really never left it, having worked on all of the films. I'm happy to be continuing to be part of the whole fun of doing it. This is new. This is different. But it's wed perfectly with the corpus of what Star Wars is. I've been lucky in my working life, especially with situations like Star Wars. It's been a challenge, and fun and it's been a privilege. I don't think there's anything quite like it in the history of film."

This soundtrack is eligible to potentially be nominated for an Oscar.

Read Exclaim!'s review of the film here.

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