The biggest compliment one could pay Howard Shore’s score to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is to say that it accomplishes exactly what it needs to. Meager praise? Hardly. Shore’s work on The Fellowship of the Ring was one of the most detailed and vibrant scores ever set to a fantasy film. It matched the story’s literary complexity with a treasure trove of interconnected thematic material, meeting the epic filmmaking with a sincere and affectionate musical voice that never once overplayed a scene for the sake of showmanship. [More]