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Thor Soundtrack

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The score to THOR was created by Academy Award nominee Patrick Doyle who has score such films as MAIN STREET, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE and IGOR.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Chasing the Storm
  2. Prologue
  3. Sons of Odin
  4. A New King
  5. Ride to Observatory
  6. To Jotunheim
  7. Laufey
  8. Frost Giant Battle
  9. Banishment
  10. Crisis In Asgard
  11. Odin Confesses
  12. Hammer Found
  13. Urgent Matter
  14. The Compound
  15. Loki's Lie
  16. My Bastard Son
  17. Science and Magic
  18. The Destroyer
  19. Forgive Me
  20. Thor Kills the Destroyer
  21. Brothers Fight
  22. Can You See Jane?
  23. Earth To Asgard


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Buena Vista Records
  • ASIN: B004SC8XEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Green, NCGBT VINE VOICE on May 8, 2011
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Legendary composer Patrick Doyle took up the mantle of Thor largely due to his friendship and comfort level with its director, Kenneth Branagh. Not that he was a bad choice, but some of his choices will make you wonder a little. In a recent interview with Film Score Monthly he stated that he wanted to create a new sound for Thor- a bigness of the subject matter, giving it a symphonic sweep while still keeping it 'cool'. Before anyone panics, Doyle firmly declared that Marvel allowed him to do his own thing with the score, placing very few restraints upon him. He actually thought he wasn't doing enough, but Marvel liked his approach and wanted to 'keep the groove going', even including some Vivaldi-esque and Wagnerian elements to compliment the storyline.

Doyle relates that he aimed for a Norwegian folk song feel for the character- a noble folk song, with lots of celtic influences. Thor's theme is very much this, like a well known ditty everyone learns as children. Noble, angst laden and reflective- which is appropriate for a powerful being cast down to learn humility- it also lacks the swagger and bombast that would've driven him here. It resembles Wendy Carlos' Tron theme in that it can extend over twenty notes at full usage, but generally stays around 14 or so. Thor's theme forms the basis for many of the cues, and after seeing the movie it does get to stick in your mind a little.

The heroic theme for Asgard is a three-note up-tempo horn bleat repeated three times underscored by a two-note combo on bass drum with hammer and anvil. This leads into a 23-note trumpet/trombone supported with courtly high strings in a four-note ostinato and a quick programmed drum roll. To be honest, again, it comes off as a little light to me.
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Marvel has had a shaky record when it comes to scores for their films, and when I say Marvel I mean Marvel Studios (which excludes Spider-Man and X-Men). Iron Man started off with a bang. They couldn't get Hans Zimmer but they got Ramin Djawadi to deliver an amazing score with a strong central theme. It strived in its simplicity and gave Tony Stark his rock star identity. Then with The Incredible Hulk Craig Armstrong while delivering a decent score didn't end up making a memorable stamp. The film didn't either. Then came Iron Man 2, and what does Marvel do? They toss out Ramin Djawadi and go with Jon Favreau's regular John Debney. While I respect Debney his score failed. At times it mimicked Djawadi, but Tony Stark lost his identity and lost everything that made the musical stamp memorable. So, with Kenneth Branagh on board for Thor he was able to bring Patrick Doyle to the project; his long time composer. Some may have questioned Doyle's ability to provide a thunderous score that needed to match Thor's thunderous personality. Thankfully Doyle rose to the occasion and delivered what is Marvel's best score to date. He also did something that till now only Djawadi did for a Marvel character and that was give him an identity.

There are two central themes at play here; what I call the 'heroic' theme and the 'danger' theme. One is a sweeping and emotional theme that represents Thor and the other a percussive action styling that makes up the basis of all the action tracks, or whenever danger is present. The soundscape works off of these two sounds and Doyle will usually clash the two to create momentous cues that not only are intense but emotionally gripping. A lot of this comes towards the end though. The beginning of the album is more dedicated to setting up the characters, setting and story.
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I'd give more stars but I can't. The very first time I saw the movie I fell in love with the soundtrack! I love the unique blend of fantasy themes (representing the Deities) with modern and sci-fi themes (representing man and Midgard). My favorite tracks are, of course, being Prologue and Earth to Asgard.
The foldout booklet is pretty good, especially when one opens the CD case to find Mjollnir. The front and back images (the theatrical posters) are just awesome.
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I've been a HUGE Patrick Doyle fan for awhile, but this is the only CD of his I was able to get my hands on, but it's a GREAT score to start with! Buena Vista Records presents Patrick Doyle's "Thor," containing 24 tracks and over 1 hour of music. This score is one of Doyle's finest, containing a grand, epic main theme, an energetic action theme, and an emotionally powerful love/sad theme. It's powerful from beginning to end, and it remains as one of my favorite scores from the Marvel music catalog!

Best Tracks:

Chasing The Storm

Prologue

Sons of Odin

Frost Giant Battle

Banishment

The Compound

Science And Magic

Forgive Me

Thor Kills the Destroyer

Brothers Fight

Letting Go

Can You See Jane?

Earth To Asgard

With a rich set of sweeping themes, excitement, and emotion, "Thor" is a win in my book! If you're a Patrick Doyle fan or a Thor fan, then pick it up! You won't regret it!
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