With his Pirates score, Klaus Badelt has impressed even his long time fans and surpassed his earlier works. I've been a fan of his since his very early work (Extreme Days, K-19) and this is by far his best. The music is as fun as music can be-thrilling, pulsating, and relentless in it's action packed score. Every track is worth listening to because each one has a life on its own, but the last track is probably the best and most amazing, even if it is short (it would've been stronger if it had been a seven minute long suite to end the CD, but that's a minor quibble). People are saying that this is a rip off of Gladiator, but I can't agree with that. I love Zimmer's score for that overrated movie, but this one is more action packed, more enjoyable, and all around a more fun score to listen to. Even if you're not a fan of movie scores, you'll like listening to this soundtrack (which I feel was the only really smart element of the movie actually). So go out and buy this score, believe me you won't be disappointed.