Re: Annoyingly bad music scores
Damn, why do I always have to agree. That's exactly (!!!) what I felt when listening to very long passages of Howard shore's LOTR score: yep, nice texture and motif, but he seems to be stuck and running out of options. I find this rather boring (which is just my personal opinion - I don't want to convince anyone). Howard Shore somehow is always very static IMHO, the polar opposite of, say, John Williams, who is a master of motivic developement, surprise, melodic countours and brilliant use of counterpoint. BUT: no skill is worth a nickel if the (non analyzing) listener doesn't get into the right mood. So if the Howard Shore score got LOTR fans into the right mood, it is just fine.
About Hans Zimmer: he is usually a minimalist and repetitive, but he is often awesome with unique sonic textures since he comes from synthesizers (besides playing the guitar). So a traditional orchestral score with fresh ideas isn't his gig at all. I wonder why Ridley Scott seems to be so fond of him. The late Jerry Goldsmith was so much better (IMHO).
Anyway: please keep your own opinions coming. There is no sharp line between right or wrong here.