The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [CD]

  • Artist: Hans Zimmer
  • Artist: Hans Zimmer & the Magnificent Six
  • SKU: 25046889
  • Release Date: 04/29/2014
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    The soundtrack for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is one that I enjoyed listening to. However, it's not particularly a memorable score and I don't see myself returning to it very often. I should admit right now that I am a huge Hans Zimmer fan. I think his scores for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies as well as his work on The Dark Knight trilogy is some of the best work in modern film. At this point in his career, I love that Zimmer is still experimenting and doing some unique work. But the thing about experimentation is that sometimes it works out great; other times not so much. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is a nice soundtrack with quality moments, but it doesn't come anywhere near the greatness of scores like Gladiator, The Last Samurai, or The Dark Knight. My first impression of the soundtrack is that there are some tracks I like very much, but overall the soundtrack seemed more bland and repetitive than I would have liked. It should be noted that I am simply discussing the isolated listening experience of hearing the soundtrack (music often functions better when placed in the context of the movie). Zimmer's frequent use of electronics is always fascinating to me, but sometimes I wish he would compose something more old-fashioned every now and then. The most important piece is the main theme for Spider-Man. In the first "Amazing Spider-Man" film, composer James Horner had a grand theme that I liked very much. It was subtle for most of the film, but continued to build (and can be heard in its full glory near the end of the movie and on the final track titled "Promises" on the soundtrack). That previous theme is not reused or referenced at all in the second film's album (which is a shame, but not surprising given the change in composers). Instead, Zimmer goes for something bold - it works for me, but I've heard others who think it sounds like an intro to a news broadcast. There are also three villains, each of whom gets their own musical theme. The primary theme is that of Electro, which is an odd theme that I personally do not care for - but it's hard to deny the electronics in the piece makes the music sound very "electric" in nature (which I suppose is character-appropriate). You may notice that Zimmer really worked with a lot of different people on this album; most notably, he brought in Pharrell Williams to contribute (apparently the two have been friends for a long time). Also on the album is guitarist Johnny Marr (who collaborated with Zimmer previously on "Inception"). NOTE: There are two versions of this soundtrack. A regular version (w/ 20 tracks) and a Deluxe edition (w/ 31 tracks). Being a fan of Spider-Man and Zimmer, I decided to get the deluxe edition - although the regular version does contain most of the best music, so you will get the most memorable tracks no matter which version you buy. FAVORITE TRACKS (from Deluxe Edition): [2] There He Is [3] I'm Spider-Man [15] Sum Total [20] You're That Spider Guy Please visit FilmMusicFan(dot)com for more soundtrack reviews.

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