Say what you will about the 2002 remake of The Ring (and remakes of J-horror in general), there's no denying the film boasts a great score courtesy of Hans Zimmer, Henning Lohner and Martin Tillman. A wide variety of instruments and interesting sounds are used, creating one hell of an atmospheric track that holds up well independent of the movie.
However, I do have some complaints:
First and formost, there are only twelve tracks, so each track is very, very long (the first one clocked in at around eleven minutes or so!). I think that the score could have easily been broken down into more than twelve tracks for sure.
Second, the first five or so tracks all sound nearly identical--they even go so far as to reuse certain cues many times over.
And finally, the last two tracks--"seven days" and "television", techno-remixes of the main theme--were completely unnecessary. Not only do they break the mood the earlier tracks build, but they are in themselves very cheesy-sounding as well (Never thought I'd say "cheesy" when describing a Hans Zimmer score!).
Do I recommend this soundtrack? Absolutely. The first ten tracks are great, moody pieces that build an ominous, somber atmosphere perfect for both the film and a rainy, dreary day. I do wish, however, the score was broken-down a little more, as it tends to drag at times. Great music anyways...