Lots of people have justly complained that the Wagner and Mozart pieces that dominate the film aren't on this CD. They're the most memorable music in the film, and I can only imagine how annoyed people must have been if they didn't know these were existing classical pieces. Still, the album is filled with 80 mins of Horner's original score, so it's not like the producers left blank space on the CD.
What is odd, however, is that much of what's here is material that was rejected by Malick. Track titles refer to scenes that have no music or classical music in the film. Out of 80 minutes, I'd say less than a third of it is in the finished film, if that. I wouldn't be shocked to learn less than 10 minutes made it into the movie.
What's even more infuriating is that there's a gorgeous piano theme for Rolfe and Pocahontas as they fall in love, spare and lovely, that recalls the Rose piano theme in Titanic. It plays most prominently over the marriage of Rolfe and Pocahontas. That gorgeous cue is not here, indeed the theme is not on the album at all, with the exception of about thirty seconds on track 9.
That music was all I wanted on an album, and instead we get over an hour of rehashed Braveheart-meets-Titanic. It's all pleasant, but highly conventional and it's not hard to understand whay Malick dropped it.
It's just a shame that even the tiny amount of Horner's music that remains in the film is not all available on this strange CD that seems destined to please nobody.