City of Ember is a worthy movie, but unlucky timing made it a borderline flop in theaters. Andre Lockington’s score work for it is solid, if a bit repetitive. Keep in mind that this is a soundtrack for a children’s movie and is bound to feel a bit more exuberant or even a little shallow when compared to epically epic movies for the grown-ups. Even so, the “pure of heart” spirit in most of this score won’t be denied if you have a measure of flexibility in your tastes. Beat-driven strings and polite horns conjure up a wholesome but failing world – one that just might be worth saving if its fate falls into the right hands.
I particularly recommend the final song, “One Last Message.”