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Soundtrack features score from Grammy Award-winner, Golden Globe-winner, and Academy Award Nominee Alexandre Desplat.
In Summer 2014, the world s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure Godzilla. From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Godzilla!
  2. Inside The Mines
  3. The Power Plant
  4. To Q Zone
  5. Back to Janjira
  6. Muto Hatch
  7. In The Jungle
  8. The Wave
  9. Airport Attack
  10. Missing Spore
  11. Vegas Aftermath
  12. Ford Rescued
  13. Following Godzilla
  14. Golden Gate Chaos
  15. Let Them Fight
  16. Entering The Nest
  17. Two Against One
  18. Last Shot
  19. Godzilla's Victory
  20. Back To The Ocean

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: WaterTower Music
  • ASIN: B00JHH2140
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By G. Kroener on May 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Alexandre Desplat is not a name commonly associated with major blockbuster action movies. The closest he came was in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows duology, where he managed, despite disregarding pretty much the entire musical legacy, to infuse grand films with intelligent and thoughtful music. Desplat is a very versatile composer, up until now not known to just write his usual shtick and be done with it (my thoughts are wandering to Santa Monica here), which is most likely one of the things that drew director Edwards in his direction.

Since the movie is, thankfully, a good stretch away from the Emmerich disaster, and moved more into the direction of the 90s Toho movies and Millennium series, the music is also far removed from David Arnold's effort. Gone are the oversaturated, melodramatic tones of Hollywood schmalz, and were replaced by Desplat in favour of a brutal, relentlessly harsh powerhouse of a score. What is absolutely stunning about this music is the brass. Desplat is known for, well, not exactly having a weak spot for big brass moments, but boy does the let it rip here! He amassed a good dozen french horns, around 6-8 trombones and the same number of trumpets, and has them rip, trill, flutter, stab and god knows what. Tracks like "Golden Gate Chaos", "Muto Hatch" and "Two Against One" are adrenaline pulsing.

Also fantastic is the combination of modern synthesizer sounds with the force of a 150 piece orchestra and chorus, the stylistic combination of modern writing, up to date synth sounds, and old-fashioned monster music. And all of this with a good dose of ethnic flair.
Make no mistake about it, though, this is not a score that is chock full of obvious motifs and themes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Scorpio on May 21, 2014
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I've heard people complaining about this album being "overbearing," "heavy handed," and "bombastic." Guess what? It's a GODZILLA movie! And a great one, at that. Not only is Alexandre Desplat's remarkable score for this film entirely appropriate, it soars.

Spectacular moments on tracks such as "Missing Spore" and "Golden Gate Chaos" will send shivers down your spine. With a main theme that fits right alongisde all the greats of the series, blaring brass and drums pounding proud - and consistency throughout - GODZILLA is easily my favorite blockbuster film score since 2012's SKYFALL.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Iacobus on May 16, 2014
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I wanted to see the movie before commenting on the soundtrack (which I also picked up beforehand on its release). Great movie, by the way. If you're at all a Godzilla fan, go see it.

Needless to say, Desplat did a good job. Most soundtracks are incidental (conveying what's going on the screen). As such, there are times of frenzy, times of sadness and times of quiet extrapolation. (Mostly frenzy, though.)

Standouts are "Godzilla!" (track 1) with its rhythmic, almost heroic and frantic theme to match the titular monster we all know and love, "Last Shot" (track 18), which matches track 1 with its theme but with a bit more badassery. (That's not really a word but I like it.) And "The Power Plant," which evokes some tragedy.

The CD comes with some nice artwork mostly from the posters and promotions we've seen, as well as an interesting schematic of the orchestra used. ("Tympany?" I was always taught it was, "timpani." Yay for typos!) :D

Can we stop with the comparisons to Ifukube, please? Much like comparing this version of Godzilla to any other version of Godzilla, there's no point in comparing Desplat to him. They're their own (very established) composers. One could say Desplat was trying to convey the style established by Ifukube. I would say Desplat did that very handily.

All in all, a very good soundtrack.

ON EDIT: I forgot to mention that Gyorgy Ligeti's "Kyrie" from his Requiem is notably absent as it was used in the movie. (For the same HALO jump scene as in the trailer. You know, that really eerie choral work also used in 2001: A Space Odyssey?) No worries as you can find this elsewhere.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on May 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
American film makers have been trying to do justice to Godzilla ever since he first appeared in director Ishiro Honda’s classic Japanese monster movie in 1954; although Godzilla is considered to be a significant icon of Japanese culture, Honda was himself inspired to create the King of the Monsters by watching Schoedsack and Cooper’s King Kong, and as such he has his roots in classic Hollywood. There have been 28 official Godzilla films released in Japan, the most recent coming in 2004, but only two American movies (three, if you count Cloverfield): the ill-fated Roland Emmerich directed disaster epic from 1998, which was scored by David Arnold, and this one, which is significantly superior to its predecessor, but still fails to capture the character’s essence according to the purists.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Ford Brody, a naval bomb disposal technician who grew up in Japan, where his father Joe (Bryan Cranston) and mother Sandra (Juliette Binoche) worked at the Janjira nuclear power plant. Having survived a catastrophic disaster there fifteen years previously, Joe is convinced that the government is hiding the real reason behind the disaster, and enlists his son for help. It is only then that the pair discover the truth: that the disaster was cause by a Muto (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism), an ancient creature which feeds off radiation, the existence of which various world governments have tried to keep under wraps for decades. Even worse, the Muto has a predator – the even more massive Godzilla, which was awakened during a deep sea expedition in 1954, and re-appears from its hiding place whenever a Muto appears.
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On the soundtrack...
I'm assuming that when it says, "Audio CD," you're paying for a professionally mastered and manufactured CD due to the price--$1.89 more vs. the $9.99 just for the MP3 version. (You also get a free MP3 version with the audio CD option, redeemable by logging in to the Cloud Player... Read More
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