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Star Trek [Soundtrack]

Michael Giacchino Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: Michael Giacchino
  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B001Z920NA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Star Trek
2. Nailin' The Kelvin
3. Labor Of Love
4. Hella Bar Talk
5. Enterprising Young Men
6. Nero Sighted
7. Nice To Meld You
8. Run And Shoot Offense
9. Does It Still McFly
10. Nero Death Experience
11. Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns
12. Back From Black
13. That New Car Smell
14. End Credits

Editorial Reviews

Original soundtrack to the highly anticipated 2009 motion picture. From producer/director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission: Impossible: III, and Fringe) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek, featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no one has gone before. Starring Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, with Eric Bana, Winona Ryder and Leonard Nimoy. Michael Giacchino, who has served as J.J. Abrams' musical lieutenant on all his projects, follows the extraordinarily rich musical legacy of Alexander Courage, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Horner, as he boards the Enterprise for her maiden voyage.

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67 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Giacchino's worst... May 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
After repeat listening, the score to the newest installment is catchy, action-packed, a little cheesy and not a bad 44 minutes or so of music.

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?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome soundtrack! September 14, 2009
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I've never been a big Star Trek fan, but wanted to go see the new movie because JJ Abrahms and Zach Quinto were involved in it. I really enjoyed the movie.

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.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beam Mr. Giacchino Up Please! May 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
How do you follow stellar giants such as Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alexander Courage, and yes even Leonard Rosenman and Cliff Eidelman in the "Star Trek" film score lexicon? Well, you really can't, but this is the situation that Michael Giacchino has inherited for his score for J.J. Abrams blockbuster film "Star Trek." The result is a more somber approach than expected (with perhaps some echoes of Eidelman's treatment for "Star Trek VI-The Undiscovered Country," and a hint of James Horner), but certainly not a bad effort at all, indeed, it all amounts to a fine soundtrack recording and a solid score for the screen. One suspects that the general complaint will be a missing fanfare opening in the style of the great Jerry Goldsmith, but this is a prequel...and big things have yet to happen. The main theme is solid and works as an emerging heroic theme for James Tiberius Kirk (and the Enterprise) and it appears in various forms throughout the essentially orchestral score including a surprisingly effective combination with the Alexander Courage theme at the very end. The antagonist, Nero, has a distinct motif reminiscent of the TV series, while Spock has a trademark motif as well. There is a good deal to like about what Giacchino has done here and he has left some musical development open, to be continued in a sequel? The best part of all is probably the "End Credits" which is a traditional overture beginning with that nice twist with Courage's theme (listen for a brief return to this at the very end) and continues with all of Giacchino's representative themes and motifs to a big conclusion...yes, big, now things have happened and, we suspect, more is to come. Nicely produced and packaged by Varese.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Score on the block May 10, 2009
By Sunfell
Format:Audio CD
When people think about Star Trek, they generally think about the original score from Alexander Courage, or Goldsmith's Next Generation, or Horner's continually self-referential scores. People tend to expect more of the same- especially with a series as long-lived as Star Trek. And in the trailers, a 'temp track' was used that some people thought was part of the film. Some even hoped that the trailer music would be used. (It was so well received that the company who created it, and specializes in trailer music, retired it.) It is not, and that isn't a bad thing.

I can tell you straight up: this is not the same stuff in a fancy new package. Yes, there is a homage to the original Courage theme, but it is in the end credits. And there are echoes of both Goldsmith and Horners percussion-driven battle music as well. But overall this is a unique new 'sound' for the 'reboot' of Star Trek, and it works. Michael Giacchino creates music that goes with the slam-bang roller-coaster ride that is this movie, and he does a wonderful job. For soundtrack afficionados like me, it was refreshing to get a 'traditional' style soundtrack.

My fears were that with the 'reboot' we'd see a total redo of the soundscape- perhaps a McCreary-esque Battlestar Galactica style use of taiko drums and tons of ethnic instruments. Or perhaps a Hans Zimmer-esque electronic score. Thankfully, those fears were groundless. This is a traditional orchestral score- with minimal use of electronics and maximal use of the strings, brass, percussion and chorus. The new theme for the Enterprise/Kirk is muscular without being bombastic.

The film opens with a prelude- the story of Kirk's birth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's Star Trek. Come on man.
Published 23 days ago by Box Bandit
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really like this music. I like this new take on Star Trek.
Published 1 month ago by Wil Dredge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Sade Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotive Explosion
The emotional, action-packed roller-coaster of a movie owes much of this to a stellar soundtrack. As a writer of science fiction, I seek music to write by, music without words that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by WinfieldH StrockIII
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and film score
I love film score music because with the talent of Michael Giacchino the music he creates not only helps make the movie, but when listening to it really impacts me emotionally and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Albert W. Haller
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Trek
I chose five stars because It is great scoring. Interesting and original as well. Not perfect though. Not as good as "Star Trek Into Darkness". Read more
Published 6 months ago by leo134
5.0 out of 5 stars Great transaction
Other than the price, which I understand, everything about the transaction was very easy to do. It came quickly and the sound is terrific. Read more
Published 7 months ago by daisycb
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Sounds--love it
The soundtrack has awesome compositions. It reminds me of why I love scores and soundtracks. That's all I have to say but am required to provide 13 words. Interesting.
Published 7 months ago by CWriter
3.0 out of 5 stars Big, over and over...insert vamp here
Don't get me wrong, I'm going to sound contradicting here, I love the soundtrack. Giacchino did a great job bringing in new themes, mixing in with the old, and creating very good... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Coren Alan Grill
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soundtrack
From the first song to the end which pays tribute to the classic Star Trek Theme it is a masterful work of brilliant interplay between the new themes and classic Trek. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lee
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