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Star Trek Soundtrack
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Is it Goldsmith's Star Trek? No.
Is it Horner's Star Trek? Absolutely not.
Michael Giacchino writes mostly TV and video game scores (a fact I don't hold against him at all, he's a fantastic composer), and this is evident in "Star Trek". Was the opportunity to score an epic, more "film-appropriate" score squandered on J.J. Abrams best music buddy?
Giacchino is hit or miss for me. Some of his work is good, some of it not so much. (I wonder when everyone screams about the "Lost" scores. What's the appeal?) "Star Trek" is in the "good" category, even if "good" usually means "Most of the score is ok save for one or two tracks on EVERY Giacchino CD that are outstanding". Speed Racer had "Grand ol' Prix" and "Reboot". MI:3 had "Bridge Battle". "The Incredibles" had... well, ok, that whole album was great, but it's Pixar.
This CD is mostly "good", with a few "outstanding" tracks, specifically "Enterprising Young Men" and "Nero Death Experience". These two are perfect examples of what happens when Giacchino tries to stir up the listener and does it well. He manages to hit emotional cues and tense action themes and he carries it just long enough to be satisfying but not overwhelming. Other tracks on the CD stand out as well, and there's actually quite a wide variety of themes in this film, but this leads me to what everyone will be arguing about...
Whose Star Trek is this?
Is it Goldsmith?Read more ›
One of things that stood out for me was the soundtrack. By the time the movie was done I've made a mental note that I just *had* to get the soundtrack. And so I did. I have been listening to it almost every day since I got it. This is a piece of art on its own.
To me, Star Trek has always been about the finest music available in films and TV. Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, etc... remembering that Horner, when signed to do Star Trek II, was fresh to the scoring scene, I decided to give Giacchino a shot. I picked up the score for this film.
Track 1 blew me away. The primary theme for the film was, in those first 30 seconds, as good as anything that Goldsmith had ever done -- it reminded me of "First Contact's" sub-theme. Although the theme faded quickly into something that sounded like "Locke Finds The Hatch" from LOST, it didn't take away from a real nugget in that theme. Track 2 was pretty annoying -- a lot of bizarre orchestra-tumbling that sounds like, to me, a circus run amok. My hopes were fading fast.
Then I came upon Tracks 3-5... 100% genius. Some of the best Star Trek movie music ever. I felt revived... then came tracks 6-12. These were not my favorite. More typical Giacchino sounding music that had seemingly been recycled from "Lost" and "Alias," and much of it too disorganized to be an interesting standalone listen (although having seen the film several times, I must say that it gets the job done adequately, if not excitingly, when you're watching the movie and only gets annoying a couple of times).Read more ›
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This is by far the best of the two star trek soundtracks. It always gives me goosebumps when I listen to it. I'm a total trekkie but I have NEVER bought a soundtrack before. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Chris
Star Trek music is about as sacred to its fans as is Star Wars, the original Superman movie, and a host of others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Racicot
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