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24th Century Boy.
on 10 May 2009
Okay, to begin with - from reading other Amazon reviews about this soundtrack, I get the feeling I am very much in the minority here. However, all I can say is that I have heard this score numerous times now (even before I ventured to see the movie) and, I felt it was a superb soundtrack that not only enhanced the fantastic movie but stood alone as a piece of music that I could listen to at home time and time again.
Let's face it, composer Michael Giacchino had a hard act to follow. With Alexander Courages' iconic signature tune (which is recreated beautifully on this soundtrack) to Jerry Goldsmiths' Motion Picture masterpiece right through to James Horners' excellent Wrath of Khan follow up, the odds weren't particularly in his favour. However, like John Williams did with his own 'The Phantom Menace' - he created the iconic Duel of the Fates that for me now stands alongside that famous Star Wars them tune - Giacchino too has created a strong haunting melody that forms the backbone of the new Star Trek sound, yet gives the listener that warm confidence that this is still in essence the Trek that they grew up with.
The opening bars of track 1 ''Star Trek'' (and feature over the opening logos at the beginning of the actual movie) instantly made a connection to me and it felt just from those few moments, that this was the star trek that I knew from my childhood and yet made a great new addition to those many sounds that I recalled as a young boy.
The rest of the soundtrack is solid and combines both epic space opera with melancholy and reflection - which, pretty much what Trek has always done.
Like I said, I am already waiting for the brickbats and ''0 out of 40 do not agree with this review'' but all I can say is for me at least, this soundtrack is exactly what I wanted from this new interpretation of the franchise and with Michael Giacchino, I am confident that it is the in safest of hands. Like the film it enhances, this is highly recommended.