All things being equal, you have to miss the striking 20th Century Fox opening this time around. It has become as much a part of the Star Wars soundtrack experience as, say, humming along to the Falcon vs. TIE Fighter battle music from A New Hope, or air drumming the orchestra hit of the opening bars of the Throne Room sequence. That said, this soundtrack stands proudly amongst the titans, presenting the intuition and appreciation of a man that has been as much a part of Star Wars as anyone. John Williams understands Star Wars, he understands us, and, most importantly, he approaches this Episode with love, respect and experience. Rather than squeezing in nods and winks to past trilogies, he expands and carefully shapes old and new themes to fill the greater context of the evolving story. Rather than playing upon nostalgia, Williams sets his eyes on the big picture with a scope of understanding far greater than anyone else involved in the Star Wars universe. This soundtrack is not fan service - it is the work of a master of the language, setting out to illuminate a world for which he cares deeply. And what a beautiful language it is.