The Avengers

May 1, 2012 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Marvel & Subs.
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  • Total Length: 1:04:25
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  • ASIN: B007VEZHAG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,381 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Just my two cents, for what it's worth.
J. Kent Layton
Alan does an amazing job of adding that depth of emotion to a scene that only music can give.
Selena Aarsen
Come on, Disney, you own them now, hold out for some really good theme music!
A. J. McKee

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kaya Savas VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
Musically, Marvel has been all over the place. They have failed to keep a sonic identity for any of their franchises. Iron Man was a bold experiment from Ramin Djawadi that paid off. A defining rock-based score that embodied the character. However, it was met with criticism so Marvel dumped Djawadi and therefore lost Iron Man's sonic identity to a mediocre John Debney score. Thor featured what I feel is the best score from any Marvel film. Patrick Doyle created such a lush and grand feel plus it's so emotionally enthralling. However since Marvel and Kenneth Branagh parted ways that means the chance of Doyle returning is slim. Silvestri is an iconic composer with credits like Forrest Gump and Back To The Future. Some argue he only does his best work with Robert Zemeckis (listen to The Mexican and Mouse Hunt and you'll disagree), but he managed a serviceable score to Captain America. It wasn't bold, and it definitely took inspiration from Michael Giacchino's Medal Of Honor but it worked. Marvel decided to create some continuity and keep Silvestri for The Avengers. The result is a strong score that plays it extremely safe.

On its own the score is an expertly executed old fashioned adventure score, and maybe that's why it was so lost within the CGI chaos. In the film the music finds a hard time trying to breathe and in the end is suffocated by the action overload of the final act. The theme isn't bold enough to burst through the noise, and it seems as if the music was an afterthought to the filmmakers. You can tell when action is molded around music and when it isn't, and with The Avengers it clearly wasn't. There's no building; no emotional payoff. SPOILER ALERT: When Iron Man decides to sacrifice himself and carry the nuke into the porthole can you remember the music?
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2012
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Let me begin by saying this: I think that the choice to have Alan Silvestri score "The Avengers" was a smart one. Silvestri ("Forrest Gump", "The Polar Express") is a talented composer, and his score for "Captain America" was one of the better musical works in the Marvel film catalog.

I have not yet seen the movie (I am really looking forward to it!), but after hearing the score I am confident that this music works well within the film. And that's the most important thing. [EDIT: I have now seen the film, and the music was great in certain parts but I felt that it often did not match the epic scope of what I was seeing visually.]

As for the listening experience itself, it is very good but doesn't quite live up to my expectations (which I'll admit were extremely high). I was hoping that many of the themes previously established in the other Marvel movies would reappear here and be expanded upon, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Still, the composition titled "Stark Goes Green" [Track 04] seems to be a very character-driven piece. And despite the fact that it doesn't draw from the previous "Iron Man" scores at all, I quite like it.

Then you have the more traditionally grand pieces, like "Helicarrier" [Track 05] and "One Way Trip" [Track 16] - two highlights of the album.

When I listen to a great film score (recent examples would be "Tron Legacy", "Inception", and "Super 8"), it usually sticks in my head and I tend to have the urge to listen to it over and over again. For some reason I don't get that feeling with "The Avengers" score. While there are many good tracks, I just don't think that the score distinguishes itself from countless other action scores.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soup on July 11, 2012
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If you like soundtracks this is another great one to get. You can play this soundtrack during your regular day to turn your day from ordinary to epic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By michaec1 on May 9, 2012
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Wonderful themes, kick-butt action cues, and a hint of some swashbuckling adventure! Nuff said. Buy it NOW! Easily one of Marvel's best scores (and movies, for that matter)! 5/5
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Lucas on May 1, 2012
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I have to agree with the first reviewer - not really a terribly memorable score. It seems to me to be pretty cookie-cutter per action movies released in the last several years. Don't get me wrong - it's a good cookie. I don't regret purchasing this album, and will be adding it to my movie score playlist. I just didn't find anything new or exciting in it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adamtron on May 5, 2012
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I think Alan Silvestri has composed some amazing scores in the past. He did a great job with films like Back to the Future, Romancing the Stone, Predator, The Abyss and even The Mummy Returns. However, I have to say I've been less than impressed with his scores for G.I. Joe, The A-Team, Captain America and now...The Avengers. With all these great characters on screen, I expected there to be plenty of opportunities for strong heroic themes. The music is exciting I suppose in the sense that the orchestrations provide energy and emotions but I find it lacking in musical qualities that I enjoy such as melody, harmony, thematic development. It's just not very tunefull to my ear. The Avengers Theme is OK, but doesn't really grab me or stay in my head the way I would like it to. Actually seeing The Hulk reminds me of the fantastic score that Craig Armstrong wrote for "The Incredible Hulk" (with a generous two disc release). I can't help wish similar effort would have been put into this score. I'm also not buying the idea that with all those superheroes on screen you could not write themes for all of them. If John Williams can score Star Wars with a theme for Main Title, Luke, Lea, Rebels, Imperials, Jawas, Force and Death Star all in one movie then yes it IS possible to write themes!

Final thoughts: Beauty is in the ear of the beholder I suppose. :=) Some people may like a score that is unmelodic and lets the action speak for itself. But I personally like a more "leitmotif" approach. Then as a soundtrack collector I'm always hoping for a good listening experience on album as well. The score for The Avengers is not as bad as the abomination that James Newton Howard created for the Green Lantern last year. Alan Silvestri's The Avengers is listenable and provides emotion. But the tracks here are mediocre when they should have been more heroic in my opinion. I'm currently enjoying the scores to Wrath of the Titans, John Carter and FRINGE Season 3.
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