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Absolutely fantastic and incredibly under-rated score
on February 5, 2014
I've been a fan of Alan Silvestri's work off and on for years, but this is probably his best score (not iconic, that would be Back to the Future).
When I got the soundtrack and listened to it, I was deeply impressed by how a score made of such small snippets could be so powerful, inspiring, and fun! It reminds me more than anything of the soundtrack for the video game Mass Effect (but in a different way than you might expect). While both of those scores are very different in style of instrumentation (one is very synthesizer heavy, and the other pays homage to a lot of old film scores) they are both very concerned with telling a story in just a few minutes with each piece. You are very quickly pulled into the mood of the piece, taken for a bit of a ride, and then let go before things get too repetitive or boring.
The point was really driven home to me by how my mp3 player pulled up individual pieces from the score randomly. For most musical scores, if you just listen to one piece out of the score by itself out of order (except perhaps for the main theme) it usually feels disjointed and you want to skip it for listening to the entire score by itself. Here, on the contrary, EVERY piece of the score stands on it's own. A self-contained story in each piece. If you don't mind your individual pieces of a score being very brief...it's absolutely brilliant.
The score is also very dynamic and quick moving, rousing and pulsing. It may seem shallow if you are used to long drawn-out symphonies, but if you are a fan of film and video game music it ought to be right up your alley. The mastering of the score is also quite excellent and clean, to the point where I actually use the score to benchmark new headphones due to the clear horns, dynamic use of strings, and heavy use of drums to build mood. Listening to the score on a $250.00 pair of headphones, I was finally able to hear everything they were capable of.
This score does unfortunately have one weakness. The absolute best piece of music from the score is missing. The Captain America March from the end credits is not on the score. This is absolutely unforgivable. The reason being that the main theme is played several times throughout the score, with two versions by themselves at approximately one minute each (opening credits and Captain America theme). Also included (for ridiculous laughs I'm sure) is the "Star Spangled Man" at almost three minutes in length. Instead of that, they should have included the End Credits March. Because it's awesome. If you don't believe me rewatch the end credits from your Blu Ray of the movie, or heck just watch it on YouTube.
I am VERY tired of paying good money for official soundtracks that are missing the best music from the film (even if you got every track available for Tron:Legacy it would be out-of-order and missing the music from the climactic chase at the end of the film, and I want the End Credits music from Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D, but it's nowhere to be found short of on the film itself). I hope this issue get resolved for all soundtracks in the future, but in the meantime, this soundtrack is great, just make sure you find a copy of the missing music.