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

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Very enjoyable score
• Posted by: the_negotiator
• Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at 4:06 p.m.
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This score offers nothing new - if you don't accept and understand that, you're not going to like this score. It was meant as nothing more than to entertain, and that is exactly what it does. And for a score that has "one music supervisor, eight composers, nine orchestrators, three conductors, and Zimmer serving as the Overproducer," I am very impressed that PIRATES is such a cohesive album.

I keep hearing about the similarities to THE ROCK and DROP ZONE. That's only barely true. There are a couple of notes similar to DROP ZONE, but in all, the score bears much more of a similarity to PEARL HARBOR, GLADIATOR, and THE TIME MACHINE, 3 scores worked on extensively by Klaus Badelt. To be surprised that the CD sounds the way it does is to show ignorance of Badelt's previous efforts. You CANNOT take this score seriously and like it - it's not meant to be serious. It's a terrific return to Zimmer's pre-GLADIATOR style of scoring.

One area where this review goes wrong is the point about Alan Silvestri. Yes, I'm sure he would've composed a GREAT score for the movie (and I'd pay lots to hear it), but to detract from the quality of the score we have because of that is wrong. Reviews aren't "shoulda woulda coulda" - in fact we're in a time where no announced composer is a sure bet. The score should be judged by how well it works in the movie and on CD, and how enjoyable it is. In that respect, PIRATES is at a minimal of 4 stars (5 should be reserved for classics).

Anyone who enjoyed GLADIATOR, PEARL HARBOR, or any of Zimmer's 1990 action scores will no doubt enjoy PIRATES for what it is - pure entertainment, nothing more, nothing less.

*Additionally, I can't figure out how Pirates got 1 star and XXX got 2 stars. Pirates is a much more pleasing listen than Randy Edelman's poor attempt at a MV score. In terms of sound quality, the synthesizers in PIRATES are on par with THE PEACEMAKER and ANTZ, whereas XXX sounds completely fake.

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