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Shazam!
(2019)
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:
Benjamin Wallfisch

Co-Conducted by:
Chris Egan
Rob Johnston

Orchestrated by:
David Krystal
Chris Ryan
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WaterTower Music
(May 10th, 2019)
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Buy it... if you feel beaten by years of oppressively brooding music for DC comic adaptations to the big screen, Benjamin Wallfisch resurrecting vintage symphonic fantasy for this comparatively optimistic venture.

Avoid it... if you are easily frustrated by large-scale film scores that feature highly intelligent constructs but do not readily weave them together in a truly memorable package.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,930
WRITTEN 7/7/19
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Shazam!: (Benjamin Wallfisch) The DC Extended Universe of films has been mired in so much brooding gloominess through the years that audiences may not have been prepared for the comparatively humorous and optimistic adaptation of the DC comic book character of Shazam in 2019. The movie earned positive reviews and reasonable commercial success despite becoming the lowest-grossing DC film to date, the innocence of the "child becoming superhero" concept seeming alien in the era's bleak vision of Superman and Batman. A young foster child in contemporary America is chosen by an ancient wizard to serve as a new "champion" for good because of the purity of his heart. Unfortunately, the previous brat nearly selected by the wizard, Sivana, has spent his lifetime determining how to return to the wizard's Rock of Eternity and used the released baddies, the Seven Deadly Sins, to overthrow the balance of the universe and kill his family and company's board of directors. Let's hope he sold all his company stock before doing so. The boy properly selected, meanwhile, discovers his own powers with the help of his foster family and searches for his own biological mother while inevitably facing off against Sivana. It's a youthful self-discovery tale of the highest order with a touch of parental abandonment thrown in, the kind of fodder perfect for Steven Spielberg's heart, and it should come as no surprise that director David F. Sandberg sought a retrospective orchestral soundtrack for the occasion. Interestingly, while the film did utilize a multitude of song placements, there was no corresponding song-specific soundtrack release pushed by Warner Brothers for Shazam!, leaving the score by Benjamin Wallfisch to speak for the film on album. Wallfisch, having developed his skills on some of Dario Marianelli's best work and later flirting with a regular Hans Zimmer association, has produced a fair amount of top-quality film music in the 2010's, but little of it resembles his output for Shazam!. His knack for morbid drama and outright horror does serve this score well at times, but few will recall this work for its dissonant passages. Instead, Wallfisch invested in researching the history of superhero scores, both the epic and corny, to devise the right sound of yesteryear for this score.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 73:13
• 1. SHAZAM! (3:59)
• 2. The Consul of Wizards (3:01)
• 3. Seeking Spell (2:33)
• 4. Compass (3:26)
• 5. Seven Symbols (4:17)
• 6. The Rock of Eternity (4:17)
• 7. Subway Chase (0:45)
• 8. It's You or No One (4:59)
• 9. Dude, You're Stacked (1:18)
• 10. This is Power (2:32)
• 11. Bus Rescue (2:29)
• 12. You're Like a Bad Guy, Right? (1:16)
• 13. Them's Street Rules (0:48)
• 14. Superman It (0:55)
• 15. Super Villain (1:39)
• 16. You Might Need It More Than Me (5:38)
• 17. Come Home Billy (3:02)
• 18. Give Me Your Power (1:41)
• 19. His Name Is (2:46)
• 20. Sentimental Nonsense (1:54)
• 21. Run! (2:13)
• 22. Play Time's Over (1:48)
• 23. All Hands on Deck (2:05)
• 24. I Can Fly! (2:14)
• 25. Fight Flight (3:31)
• 26. Finale (4:11)
• 27. We've Got a Lair (1:31)
• 28. I'm Home (0:53)
• 29. I Name the Gods (1:32)

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