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Saturday, December 30, 2006

CD REVIEW - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Music by Hans Zimmer & Associates
Walt Disney 61447-7 (U.S.)
12 Tracks 58:36 mins

The score for the original Pirates of the Caribbean, though credited to Klaus Badelt, was actually composed by a multiple of Media Ventures composers, with Hans Zimmer himself more involved than the album's credits might have lead one to believe. The resulting music was hated by many critics, but I actually loved it. It was bold, adventurous and highly entertaining, even if it did sound a lot like so many Media Ventures action scores.
This time out, Zimmer takes credit for the score, though the booklet does still give credit to a number of additional composing contributors, the most well-known of which are Nick Glennie-Smith and Geoff Zanelli. The score is still very entertaining, though I didn't find it such a consistently good listen as the original. It's the usual Zimmer mix of orchestra, electronics and choral samples, and the album gets underway with the lively, adventurous "Jack Sparrow" theme. This is followed by more stirring stuff in the powerful and menacing "The Kraken," which utilises voices and organ to good effect. "Davy Jones" quiets things down briefly with a sad music box theme, which is joined by strings and than taken up by Zimmer's full forces, gaining in power, before reverting to the quiet opening. "I've Got My Eye on You" revives thematic material from the first film, before "Dinner is Served" bursts forth with tribal drums and voices, before turning into something of a Viennese Waltz.
It's at this point that the album takes a gradual downward turn, with only the folksy dance of "Two Hornpipes" and the lengthy action of "Wheel of Fortune" really standing out. The rest is sneaky, mysterious and downright gloomy, though the final track proper "Hello Beastie" ends with a brief statement of the opening theme. Tacked on the end of the album is "He's a Pirate - Tiesto Remix," a total waste of plastic, this!
So there you have it, a score with some very good moments, but which overall disappoints when compared to the original Pirates soundtrack album in my opinion. It will be interesting to hear what the final film in the trilogy has to offer musically - and just how many contributors there will be to it.


Blogger Samuel Van Eerden said...

Yeah, I personally liked the first one better. Which surprised me; I was really hoping Zimmer would outdo #1. :-(

3:38 PM  

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