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Comments about the soundtrack for The Mummy Returns (Alan Silvestri)
A faultless score

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Tom Barnett
A faultless score   Thursday, June 21, 2001 (11:23 p.m.) 

I owe Mr. Silvestri a profound apology. When I heard, many months ago, that he was composing the score for The Mummy Returns, and Jerry Goldsmith was not, I was enraged. Goldsmith's score for the original movie was very appropriate for the film, given it's Arabic nature. He was more than capable of composing the score for the sequel. To replace Mr. Goldsmith, the producers chose a composer who, apart from the Back To The Future trilogy, had not proven his worth in the action/adventure genre of film scoring. I waited with nervous anticipation for the movie to start in the cinema, and the score to prove my hypothesis. Based on Silvestri's recent efforts, namely Cast Away and The Mexican, I expected the score to be insignificant. However, within thirty seconds of the film starting, I was captivated. The Sinfonia of London Orchestra and Chorus was in full throated glory. Never has a score grabbed my attention so quickly, and with so much force. I left the cinema, and immediately purchased the soundtrack. I have a Dolby Surround System at home, and was anxious to test the score out. I was not dissapointed. By the end of the 73:38 duration of the CD, my ears were ringing, but I could not stop smiling. I've been interested in film music a long time (five years out of seventeen), and this is the best score I have ever heard. So, to Mr. Silvestri, my apologies. To anyone who previously doubted his talents - shame on you!

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Alan Silvestri is back!   Sunday, July 29, 2001 (9:36 a.m.) 

I love Silvestri's action scores and this one blew me away!, I was not that excited when I saw Silvestri's name on the "The Mummy Returns" poster I was like WHERES GOLDSMITH! but when I got the soundtrack I was not disapointed at all. The scores many,many action pices are some of Silvestri's best, I play this CD loud every time I hear it. My favorite tracks are... well pretty much every one of them, but if I had narrow it down it would be "Evy Kidnaped", "My First Bus Ride", "Evy Remembers", and "Pygmy Attack". This CD is great awesome fun and in my opinon it's just as good as Goldsmiths original. Just what us Silvestri fans have been waiting for.

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