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  • Audio CD (July 12, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • ASIN: B00501JHRQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Class
2. Pain and Anger
3. Would You Date Me?
4. Not That Sort Of Bank
5. Frankenstein's Monster
6. What Am I thinking
7. Cerebro
8. Mobilise For Russia
9. Rise Up To Rule
10. Cold War
11. X-Training
12. Rage and Serenity
13. To Beast Or Not To Beast
14. True Colours
15. Let Battle Commence
16. Sub Lift
17. Coup d'État
18. Mutant and Proud
19. X-Men
20. Magneto

Editorial Reviews

X MEN: FIRST CLASS, the latest installment of the blockbuster cult series, is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Henry Jackman is scoring what will easily be the biggest film of their careers for both him and director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust). Jackman worked with Hans Zimmer on The Dark Knight (Grammy Award®-winner) and scored Monsters vs Aliens as well as Gulliver s Travels.

Customer Reviews

The Magneto theme is one of the best.
Really like the music though I have always fascinated with the behind and the making of the music for said movies.
Linda K Tong
Listen to it in my car every morning on the way to work.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By W. Owens on June 23, 2011
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The previous reviews describe this album pretty well, so I won't rehash what has been said. I am listening to it right now, as I write this.

This album contains only Henry Jackman's original material; it does not contain other music used in the film. So if you're looking for the Edith Piaf classic "La Vie en Rose" (played on Sebastian Shaw's turntable twice), "Run (Instrumental)" by Gnarls Barkley (Charles and Erik recruiting the mutants), "Green Onions" by Booker T and the MG's (the young mutants showing off their powers), or "Hippy Hippy Shake" by Chan Romero (the young mutants partying), you'll need to find them elsewhere and supplement this album with them.

Having said that, this album is still well worth buying.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By trustfundbaby on June 6, 2011
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I started off not really caring about this soundtrack that much ...
Usually the scores I like will jump out at me during the movie and then I'll go and get them right afterwards (TRON, The dark Knight, Battle Los Angeles), but this never quite got there (almost but not quite). But after a friend recommended Magneto's theme on the track listing ... I went off to rdio to listen to it and have had it on repeat all day.

The thing I really love about this soundtrack is that ... it has a really strong central theme (most recognizable in "X-Men") and a secondary one (First Class) that the rest of the arrangement is built around. Both of them are interwoven through out the score and it is done quite brilliantly. Sometimes it subtle ... just the outline of the theme to start with, like in the beginning of "Frankensteins monster" or "Cerebro" and other times its balls-to-the-wall ... all-adrenalin like in X-Men and Magneto.

Its strong suit (the themes) is also its weak point and, I realize now, the reason I didn't immediately jump all over this after seeing the movie.
The themes are used so much in the score ... that if you don't immediately like them, then you won't really like/love the Soundtrack, but what I will say is that it can grow on you ... especially if you've seen the movie.

Doesn't knock my socks off, but still very good ... more like 3.5 out of 5 (can't give half ratings though, and it definitely better than 3 out of 5)
I'd suggest trying it out on rdio.com or grooveshark before buying.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By shoutsma on June 20, 2011
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Not only is this a pleasant surprise, it's also one of the most enjoyable stand-alone listens this summer.
X-Men: First Class' score is done by Henry Jackman, a relatively new face on the scene (his biggest movies being Monsters vs. Aliens and Kick-Ass). For only having done a few blockbusters and the added pressure of writing something for an X-Men movie, this is pretty great.
The real core strength of the album is Magneto's motif, which is featured in several tracks. It's simple, yet incredibly effective. Consisting of about five different notes over two phrases, it's very pliable to different situations. Throughout the album we get it in basic long tones with string accents underneath, lower instrument accents with flowing upper strings, guitar w/ reverb, and a cool magnetic wave effect added in later. In the final track "Magneto" (easily the best on the album), it's featured in full force. Jackman's history with club music comes out here with added digital snare hits, and some of that wave-like techno background. It honestly works really well.
If the Magneto aspect of the album is great, I'd say everything else is good and solid. The theme for the X-Men favors secondary strings more than an outright melody, but the tone is absolutely right for that. The score takes a more emotional turn when dealing with Mystique and her relationship with Beast. "X-Training" is your training montage piece that features electronics more than one might think, but works well with how the movie is edited around it. Action tracks like "Rise Up to Rule" and "Let Battle Commence" are exciting, while the tracks "Cold War" and "To Beast or Not To Beast" help build suspense. And everything in between is just dandy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kaya Savas VINE VOICE on September 19, 2011
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The X-Men franchise along with maybe Mission Impossible has probably been the most inconsistent franchise musically speaking. Every other franchise whether they're able to keep the same composer all the way through (Pirates Of The Caribbean/The Pink Panther) or not (Harry Potter/James Bond) is usually able to find a unified voice and every composer who jumps on board tends to stay in the style of that franchise. For X-Men we started with Michael Kamen and from then on saw John Ottman, John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams and now Henry Jackman. Each of those brilliant composers did their own thing with no regard to what the previous composer did before them. The end result is each film feels disconnected. I'm happy to say that Henry Jackman does indeed provide this scattered franchise with its best score yet and what ended up being a damn great score overall.

Jackman has just started getting his solo career underway with such films like Monsters Vs. Aliens and Gulliver's Travels. He's also done some collaborative work with Hans Zimmer on a few of Zimmer's scores and worked with Hans for the score to Henri IV. Jackman was also part of the musical effort of Kick-Ass where his collaboration with director Matthew Vaughn began. For X-Men: First Class the music takes a very different stylistic approach than anything we've heard. While I would call this an orchestral score it definitely has plenty of electronics and hard electric guitar. Some people may compare the score to Inception as it borrows a few of Hans' elements here and there. The heart and soul of the score though is Jackman's unique voice and much of it reminded me of Kick-Ass. I think the big thing that Henry brought to the table here is an emotional wallop.
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