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While Hollywood franchises often stick to one composer as a way to establish continuity, the three X-Men movies have gone to three different musicians. And yet, the sound has remained remarkably homogenous; in other words, if you enjoyed Michael Kamen and John Ottway's scores for the first and second installments, respectively, you'll get a kick out of what John Powell has come up with for the third. Though he adopted a more contemporary, electronic-inflected sound on actioners The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, here Powell goes for the full symphonic treatment. What's most interesting is his use of a 45-member chorus, which is surprisingly varied. On "Jean and Logan," the choir delicately hovers above the strings, almost out of reach, but on "Rejection Is Never Easy," it weaves in and out in a rather spooky manner, and it unleashes at full blast on the CD's climax, "Phoenix Rises," a six-minute-plus opus that at times sounds like a weird cross between sacred music and Philip Glass. This is one of the best big-budget scores of the year. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
Not a huge fan of the movie -- it definitely has its issues both content-wise and how it all pulls together -- but the soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shannen Murphy
This has to be the best soundtrack of the entire trilogy. The movie may have left a lot of fans feeling a sort of way, but the music was everything and more. Read morePublished 11 months ago by K Walker
This was exactly what I wanted. The CD was in perfect condition and has provided me with hours of entertainment.Published on May 25, 2012 by WittehKitteh
This is a awesome soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are all of them if you have not listened to this cd then i recommend you doPublished on June 2, 2011 by David
This X-Men soundtrack is different from the prior two, more epic in scope. Initially, I would have sworn that I was listening to a Star Wars soundtrack. Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Enjolras
Powell has created a great sound to finish the X-men franchise.
For a long time I wondered why the third X-men had such an emotional impact on me, but it dawned on me -- THE... Read more
The themes are magnificent and the action cues, though a little repetitive, are awesome. Best score in the series, hands down.Published on May 25, 2009 by Jerry Hart
As Michael Kamen provided a rushed, unfocused score to the first X-Men film and John Ottman provided a much better and more thematic score to the second installment, John Powell... Read morePublished on February 25, 2007 by Brandon Cutro
I've been a huge fan of the X-Men movies and their soundtracks ever since I saw the first movie. When I saw X-Men: The Last Stand I have to admit that I didn't like the music. Read morePublished on August 16, 2006 by Kindle Customer
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That is the Phoenix Theme. The music from both of those scenes is on the album; Dark Phoenix's Tragedy and Phoenix Rises. Buy the CD! It's Awesome!
Jun 30, 2008 by gordonblu | See all 2 posts
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barnes and noble have the soundtracks samples - try them, Susan... enjoy!
Jun 9, 2006 by Alex Wilson | See all 2 posts