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

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Re: Awful score, bring back Silvestri!
• Posted by: Zephros
• Date: Saturday, March 27, 2004, at 3:31 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Awful score, bring back Silvestri! (Marcus Lewis)

> Whoa, can someone say dramatic? This score isn't very classic, yeah, but
> it sure is catchy at points. I'm not a huge fan of the score or the movie,
> but I believe it has more merit than you give it credit. It's great to do
> homework to, so it functions as background music, which was its main
> purpose anyway. Sometimes I think a lot of people forget that and, for the
> most part, it works well in the film. So to you my friend, I kindly say
> chill out and go with the flow b/c this non-teeny girl-incompetent film
> score buff managed to enjoy this score so I'm sure you can, too. Here's to
> even temepered score fans!

I disagree, a score is more than just "background music". Being an avid score fan I could take offense to this (but won't ). The score is just as important in a movie, or indeed anything that involves acting. It's one of the most important elements in drama and movies and if done well created mood and increases the already existing elements such as contrast, symbol, dramatic tension etc.
The fact is, this score is horrible. It doesn't serve its purpose in the movie, as far as I'm (and a few others here, including Christian are) concerned it's just noise. Sometimes it has its moments and is fun, I admit that. But it's just not a Pirate score, which is what it should be. I also admit I over-reacted a bit, mainly about the whole Johnny Depp-Teeny Bobber bit; the score is enjoyable sometimes. It's no Hook though.

I also heard Silvestri was hired for using flutes in the score... Perhaps Jerry Bruckheimer's money has affected his brain. Flutes and woodwinds are standard instruments in an orchestra... Idiot! I wish Alan's score was at least recorded, so we could hear what might've been. Alas, it's not to be, and as much as I hope Silvestri makes it to the sequel, it will never happen. At least not as long as Bruckheimer has anything to do with it.

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