Honestly, while still a solid effort, this score isn't as good as the first one. The first score was fun, and that totally made up for the fact that it pretty much reused themes from The Rock and Gladiator (He's A Pirate is still the best piece of music on that album). I think Zimmer was trying to take this score a little too seriously. The last score track seemed waaaaayyyy too out of place even for the seriousness of the moment. And I was really upset at the fact that the "He's A Pirate" theme was pretty much missing except for hints of it in Wheel of Futune and the horrible techno mix at the end. Of the whole album, the first 3 tracks are the best...and they offer the type of thematic material that made the first score fun. But one has to wonder what kinda score would have been written if Alan Silvestri wasn't fired. I would have been intrested.
I completely agree. The problem with this score (I liked the first one, in a guilty pleasure sense) is one of half-measures. Hans introduces two kinda neat thematic ideas for Davy Jones (a morricone-style music box theme, and the organ) that have a lot of potential, but mixes them in with liberal quoting from the first film plus a lot of Rock-lite generic action stuff. Thus, in the end, the score took neither approach well. I think the movie could have supported a step-back, focus-on-the-tragedy-of-Davy-Jones-type score, or the rock-classical style of the first one, but not both.