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Comments about the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean (Klaus Badelt and co.)

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Not just a light-hearted film
• Posted by: P.A.
• Date: Thursday, March 30, 2006, at 8:12 a.m.
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I heard not a single electric guitar (and incidentally, no synthesised cello that was obvious enough to grate on my nerves). Also, did you really just accuse the POTC soundtrack of not swinging and swashbuckling when it needs to?

The point of this soundtrack was not *only* light-hearted fun to accompany the legendary Johnny Depp. There also are creepy sinister bits, high-tension bits which are not just silly (think of when the two boats have a cannon fight - in fact there is no music at all, as it was actually a more serious battle for which a good ol' swinging accompaniment wouldn't be appropriate).

Also, one of the things about the Muppet's Treasure Island is that it was *all* fun. You could get away with a completely silly score. In this film, you don't just get the shiny-sword perspective on the pirates. Muppet's Treasure Island never had a scene where the pirates creep across the ship, silently stabbing and slitting throats as they head towards the commander. If the soundtrack had featured solely swashbuckling hero themes, then not only would the themes have lost impact for the final battle, but it would also have been highly inappropriate, as a lot of the film is quite dark in nature.

Also, the way I understood it, Silvestri was asked to score for a small section of film as a sort of audition, but they didn't like the style as it was too hearty and OTT for the slightly more sinister feel they were aiming for. But I'm not certain of how reliable that tale is.

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