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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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When I first watched the movie, it was the beautiful yet sad theme that now seems to represent the U.S.S. Enterprise herself that set up the epic and tragic end of the U.S.S. Kelvin. Its simple melodic highs and lows represents past ages of sailing, even though ships fly in space rather than oceans in the film. The second track softens and breathes of life and new experiences... while the brass literally screams 'Boldly Go' in the arias that pass.
It may only be Academy Award nominated, but don't forget that Michael Giacchino also won Best Original Score for Up. Maybe that's why - because they could only enter one nomination. Regardless, this is a great soundtrack to listen to while reading a thrilling novel or while shoveling snow - you know it has to be done but it doesn't have to be a chore.
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There is a single theme that is more or less carried throughout the entire soundtrack...it is a very noble and memorable piece. In the end, the sign of a great soundtrack that works is one where you can envision the scenes the music was written for. This happens with several tracks here, most notably "Labor of Love," "Hella Bar Talk," "Enterprising Young Men," and "Nero Death Experience." There's a lot of new stuff to absorb and once you do, the listener realizes there is much potential to expand on these works in later films/sequels.
Minor nitpicks would be the short running time and absence of any major theme other than those for Good and Evil (Good being the crew and Evil being Nero and his Narada dreadnaught). The groundwork has been laid and I am very interested to see where Giacchino takes the next one, assuming he is asked to compose the sequel.
Open yourself up to a little something new, and appreciate Giacchino's work here. Bravo!
I ended up seeing the movie three times and was better able to mentally match up the soundtrack to scenes in the movie, and that made it even better. For instance "Labor of love" is sweet and mellow, when you know what's actually happening at that point in the movie, wow, it just makes the music even better.
I've been a fan of movie scores for a while, and at first my attitude was, "This ain't no Jerry Goldsmith" because there were some tracks that I like, but many I didn't. But you know what? You can take almost any Goldsmith soundtrack and say the same. Take First Contact or Insurrection for instance. They have beautiful themes, but is every track on either of those scores great? Hell, no.
And I'll tell you what, I've never heard the Alexander Courage theme (as played at the end of the movie) sound any better.
Giacchino has done a great, great job. Listen to it a few times, and I think you'll agree.