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Serenity [Soundtrack]

David Newman (Composer) Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: David Newman (Composer)
  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000AYYUGQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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206 of 245 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fan, Disappointed September 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You probably won't find a bigger fan of Joss Whedon's Firefly around. And I was physically stunned and emotionally drained after a preview screening of Serenity this past Tuesday evening - it was that good. That said, I am sorely disappointed by the contents of this CD.

I probably own over 100 movie soundtracks/scores. I am most fond of those that remind me of the movie, and which do so by collecting the various identifiable themes and presenting them in their cinematic context. My favorites stand on their own musically, independent of the visuals.

Sad to say that the tracks chosen for this CD are primarily ambience / orchestral sound effect tracks. The very few thematic passages, such as Track 3 / Serenity, are so short-lived that they're over before the theme itself is fully developed. There are, absolutely, some very nice passages but the bulk of the CD's roughly 50 minutes is essentially background music and little of what one would think of as contributing to the emotion of the film. I recall having this same reaction to a past Newman effort: The Phantom. So I'm left wondering if what I'm hearing is his style, his production choices, Whedon's choice(s) or some combination of these that left the music with the most emotional (as opposed to visceral) impact off the CD.

In looking at the selections, I note that roughly 2/3 of the tracks chosen are from the point in the film where things "start happening", essentially continuing sequentially from there to the end. This, of course, is where most of the action is, and where one would expect to have a lot of percussive, dissonant, frenetic motion.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you October 28, 2005
By Steve
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most of the criticism above is deserved, but much of the music shows its charm with time and multiple playings. No big rousing pieces here, listening to this CD is like listening to a series of short percussion compositions, the sort you might hear at a student concert. The biggest, most disappointing failure is in the end credits. In the movie, they run 5:22, including a lovely solo guitar homage to the original Firefly theme. The CD carries 1:37 of uninspired audio wallpaper.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By jetdog9
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like many fans I prefer Greg Edmonson's music from the original Firefly TV series, but David Newman's music of Serenity is nothing to complain about. It certainly does its job when I am actually watching the movie.

Here and there, you will catch some folk-music-like tones and melodies that help capture the "Wild Wild West" element of Whedon's future, with a hint of Asian influence which is essential once you understand the background of the universe he has created. Of course, mixed with that you will find a healthy dose of more powerful orchestral music which comes with a typical space opera.

I'm an avid enough fan of the Firefly/Serenity universe that I bought this soundtrack and it has its moments, giving me some of the feeling of satisfaction I get from actually watching the movie.

However, I have to wonder if the executives who were involved with putting the soundtrack CD together know anything about music or how to cater to the fan base that will buy a particular product. For while the actual music is great, the presentation of it on this disc is certainly not.

Other reviewers have mentioned that the original Firefly theme, which is played in the end credits of the movie, is missing. Like them, I agree it would have been a nice touch to include it on the CD, but perhaps there were licensing issues.

A far larger complaint I have about this soundtrack is the failure to have a longer track which is based on the movie's main recurring theme. This theme is played in tracks #3 and #23, but both are woefully too short. In particular, with track #3 (a mere 50 seconds!), the theme builds up beautifully from the beginning with a slow longing melody (cello?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mild Dissapointment to Fans October 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The show Firefly was best known for its combination of Western and Sci-Fi. The music was a big part of getting that feel across. The movie however lacked that strong western sound. The opening piece of music when you see Serenity is perfect, but after that they go into techno beats and music that just isn't Serenity. I can't totally blame them as they probably needed a more main stream sound to attract more people, but as a fan it is a real bummer to see some of the soul music get sucked out. The pieces of music aren't bad, they just don't feel like Firefly. Worth the buy, but don't expect pure Firefly sound. If you want Firefly, just await the Firefly Soundtrack that will be coming out sometime next month
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not the best October 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was expecting more of "The Phantom" than what's on this CD, but all in all it's not that bad. Not worthy of five, or even four stars (which should be reserved for more thematic works), but this score is actually enjoyable.

Scores that play with the action, such as this one, usually only have a few defining moments or instances of real clarity, and to be perfectly honest the only tracks on here with any discernable themes are 14 and 19. They're certainly the most enjoyable.

The rest are a conconction of orchestra and vague synth, again playing with the action or mood of a scene without any real theme. A western frontier motif does play through the scenes in Serenity (the ship), but it's nothing like the show or the theme song.

For fanatics, this is a must have; for fans, it might be a purchase with little payoff. If you like good movie scores, it's worth it, but don't get your hopes up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 2 months ago by Raul S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly Addict
Firefly addict. Put this in when I need a fix.
Published 2 months ago by armymom
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great of music as a soundtrack.
Not that great of a score.
Published 3 months ago by J. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, Awesome Soundtrack.
This is awesome, I like way this was done and I would recommend this album to anyone that is interested in this type of music,
Published 5 months ago by Corey Sturm
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely disappointing
Disjointed as I'd feared. Soundtracks from SF movies are often bits and pieces of the movie instead of full pieces. This one in particular was a waste of time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gary peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack
Excellent soundtrack for a great movie. I love everything Joss Whedon does so I'm a little biased, but still. Loved the soundtrack.
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our all-time favorite movies!
A perfect cap to an excellent and underappreciated series. Intelligent, adventurous, wonderful characters, a great mix of cowboy, space adventure, a little romance, lots of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charlotte J Brockus
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent CD.
This was also a gift which accompanied the movie on DVD. Love the movie, love the series, love the music.
Published 9 months ago by Glenn G. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie Sountrack For Easy Listening.
This is well done and quite enjoyable to listen to. I prefer the TV series soundtrack over this movie soundtrack. Maybe it is because I like the series more than the movie. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kerry G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Serenity Soundtrack
One of my favorite series. Alll the movies are good and discrepencies in final one given good explanations. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. love
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