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One of the Best Film Scores . . . Ever!,
This review is from: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Audio CD)
I have been a fan of film music for the past five years and am convinced that this is one of the best film scores I have ever heard. Hans Zimmer has always been a firm favourite of mine as I am constantly in awe of his ability to compose music that sounds truly heroic and emotional.
On this CD, there really isn't a bad track: "Hoist the Colours" is a new 'Pirates' theme, however the tune was composed by director Gore Verbinski and Zimmer before "The Curse of the Black Pearl" was released. In Track 1, it features as a dirge, sung first by a solo boy who is then joined by a full choir; but the theme returns in "The Brethren Court", and most prominently in "What Shall We Die For", where Zimmer slowly builds it up to a triumphant crescendo.
"Singapore" feautures superbly-atmospheric Eastern music, and the track ends with the most heroic take on 'Jack's Theme' yet. "At Wit's End" is dominated by a new theme which Zimmer composed for this film and is most closely associated with Will and Elizabeth's issues. There's even a strangely beautiful passage of female choir that evokes Enya and is the most un-Zimmer like music in the score. 'Calypso's Music Box' also makes a return, first in it's usual, tinkling form and then in a tragic version.
"Up is Down" is one of the best tracks, but I fail in trying to describe it: it has to be heard and felt by the listener! Unable to reprise "The Kraken" in this film, Zimmer opted for a wailing electric guitar in "Parlay", cleverly setting 'Hoist the Colours' against the 'East India Trading Co.' theme as the two sides clash. "I Don't Think Now's The Best Time" is a masterstroke and combines several themes from the past two films into the score while the music for Will and Elizabeth's dramatic wedding scene hints at various waltzes and the Wedding March.
Fans of the "He's a Pirate" theme from the first film will be glad to hear it return on "Drink Up Me Hearties", as it was omitted from the "Dead Man's Chest" soundtrack.
All in all, it's a score that will leave you feeling like swashbuckling your way across the seven seas - which is the point, isn't it?