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5.0 out of 5 stars Yo ho ho!, 3 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Pirates of the Caribbean (Audio CD)
This soundtrack is incredible, almost as good as the film it accompanies; the film would be much duller without such a rousing score. The soundtrack does for seafaring violin themes what the film does for swashbuckling romps. using contrast and intensity to make its points; the fierceness of the theme (dance?) underscoring the swordfight 'Swords Crossed' lies beautifully next to the haunting 'Fog Bound'.
This soundtrack isn't full of lilting love themes, but dances from heart-stopping and tango speed to slow and subtle with the ease of a masterpiece. Being a big fan of the Gladiator soundtrack I can detect Hans Zimmer's influences; this, like Gladiator, is a clever orchestration which vividly brings to mind the excellently choreographed and cinematic scenes from the film. Themes run throughout all the tracks, in parallel to themes running through the film, giving everything a professional, unified feel.
My absolute favourite is at the end of 'The Medallion Calls' with the "Jack Sparrow" theme and as I noticed this theme underscoring several other parts of the film, I was surprised it only appears the once. It's truly fitting to the comic moment; the soundtrack has as ineffable a sense of comic timing as the film itself.
All in all, the CD could be longer (but where would the material for "More Music from Pirates.." come from?) but is an excellent addition to any CD collection nonetheless. Yarrrr!
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