When I heard all of the reviews of this soundtrack and how highly everyone rated it, I knew I had to get it. Braveheart is a celtic sounding score with a lot of other Irish feel to it. The themes are superb and the orchestral performance is excellent, but for me most of the soundtrack sounded like a lot of background music with nothing, besides the themes that would stand out. Horner uses traditional Scottish and Irish instruments such as the Uillean pipes along with the Bodhran drums. He also uses his usual brass and percussion as well which any fan of Horner will instantly recognize. The tracks that were the best are "Main Title", "A Gift of a Thistle", "The Secret Wedding", "Sons of Scotland", "For the Love of a Princess", "Betrayal and Desolation", and the "End Credits". Action music was dominant in "The Battle of Stirling", "Falkirk", and "Mornay's Dream". By now you are probably thinking why didn't you give it 5 stars. It's mainly because the majority of the music is simply background music that, while still good, doesn't succeed nearly as well as when the majestic themes are played in their full force. Yes the themes are used a lot in the score, but that can also get a little old after a while. If debating about getting this one, I suggest that you get it. It is very long, with about 78 minutes of music on it. It is a satisfying listen on the whole, but needed a little more oomph to it.