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The Avengers (OST)


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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A Great Score That Could Have And Should Have Been More May 8 2012
By Kaya Savas - Published on Amazon.com
Musically, Marvel has been all over the place. They have failed to keep a sonic identity for any of their franchises. Iron Man was a bold experiment from Ramin Djawadi that paid off. A defining rock-based score that embodied the character. However, it was met with criticism so Marvel dumped Djawadi and therefore lost Iron Man's sonic identity to a mediocre John Debney score. Thor featured what I feel is the best score from any Marvel film. Patrick Doyle created such a lush and grand feel plus it's so emotionally enthralling. However since Marvel and Kenneth Branagh parted ways that means the chance of Doyle returning is slim. Silvestri is an iconic composer with credits like Forrest Gump and Back To The Future. Some argue he only does his best work with Robert Zemeckis (listen to The Mexican and Mouse Hunt and you'll disagree), but he managed a serviceable score to Captain America. It wasn't bold, and it definitely took inspiration from Michael Giacchino's Medal Of Honor but it worked. Marvel decided to create some continuity and keep Silvestri for The Avengers. The result is a strong score that plays it extremely safe.

On its own the score is an expertly executed old fashioned adventure score, and maybe that's why it was so lost within the CGI chaos. In the film the music finds a hard time trying to breathe and in the end is suffocated by the action overload of the final act. The theme isn't bold enough to burst through the noise, and it seems as if the music was an afterthought to the filmmakers. You can tell when action is molded around music and when it isn't, and with The Avengers it clearly wasn't. There's no building; no emotional payoff. SPOILER ALERT: When Iron Man decides to sacrifice himself and carry the nuke into the porthole can you remember the music? Can you pinpoint in your mind when The Avengers theme boldly appeared for a spine tingling moment of awe? I can't. But say Transformers, The Dark Knight or Iron Man and I can close my eyes and immediately feel it. I can hear the music playing when Bumblebee is trapped in the LA river or when the Autobots arrive to Earth. I can hear the guitars riffing as Iron Man flies for the first time. When Batman rides off while Gordon gives his speech I can hear the score in my head building to an eye watering climax. That's what I wanted from The Avengers, and unfortunately I couldn't find it. This was indeed a challenging film given all the characters, but a stronger unified theme was definitely needed. As much as I love Alan Silvestri I can't help but hear The Mummy Returns when I hear his Avengers theme as well. It's very similar except The Mummy Returns is Alan Silvestri firing on all cylinders. Again, this is a good score. Alan Silvestri is one of the greatest composers of our time, and it baffles me why his score wasn't the centerpiece of this film.

Get this CD from Intrada (don't settle for the digital which has less music). The score breaths a lot more freely outside of the film, but it's still evident that Silvestri had to tone it down to make sure all of Joss Whedon's punchlines and one-liners were heard loud and clear. You won't get any spine tingles or hair raising from this score, which is a shame. I think Captain America is better than his effort here, because he was able to be a bit bolder there. If Marvel wants a great score like Thor again they're gonna need to get a director who knows how to work with a composer like Branagh does. Action films need to have the score as the center piece. Look at Danny Elfman in Spider-Man 1 & 2. Look at John Williams with Superman. The Avengers deserved a better score, and I know Silvestri is capable of it. But unfortunately one of our most beloved composers was buried underneath an already packed to the brim film, and the sad part is that nobody seemed to notice.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
"The Avengers" Score - 4 Stars May 1 2012
By JMM - Published on Amazon.com
Let me begin by saying this: I think that the choice to have Alan Silvestri score "The Avengers" was a smart one. Silvestri ("Forrest Gump", "The Polar Express") is a talented composer, and his score for "Captain America" was one of the better musical works in the Marvel film catalog.

I have not yet seen the movie (I am really looking forward to it!), but after hearing the score I am confident that this music works well within the film. And that's the most important thing. [EDIT: I have now seen the film, and the music was great in certain parts but I felt that it often did not match the epic scope of what I was seeing visually.]

As for the listening experience itself, it is very good but doesn't quite live up to my expectations (which I'll admit were extremely high). I was hoping that many of the themes previously established in the other Marvel movies would reappear here and be expanded upon, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Still, the composition titled "Stark Goes Green" [Track 04] seems to be a very character-driven piece. And despite the fact that it doesn't draw from the previous "Iron Man" scores at all, I quite like it.

Then you have the more traditionally grand pieces, like "Helicarrier" [Track 05] and "One Way Trip" [Track 16] - two highlights of the album.

When I listen to a great film score (recent examples would be "Tron Legacy", "Inception", and "Super 8"), it usually sticks in my head and I tend to have the urge to listen to it over and over again. For some reason I don't get that feeling with "The Avengers" score. While there are many good tracks, I just don't think that the score distinguishes itself from countless other action scores.

In other words, I think this score suffers from a lack of memorable themes.

I recommend that you give this soundtrack a listen. Even though I think Silvestri should have paid more homage to the previous Marvel scores, he adds to the universe with new epic action pieces. Fans will likely be happy with this purchase. As for me, I still think that the music for Nolan's Batman films remain the gold standard for superhero scores.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Soundtrack for your life July 11 2012
By Soup - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like soundtracks this is another great one to get. You can play this soundtrack during your regular day to turn your day from ordinary to epic.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
PERFECT! Silvestri hits a home-run once again! May 9 2012
By michaec1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wonderful themes, kick-butt action cues, and a hint of some swashbuckling adventure! Nuff said. Buy it NOW! Easily one of Marvel's best scores (and movies, for that matter)! 5/5
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.5 Stars May 1 2012
By G. Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with the first reviewer - not really a terribly memorable score. It seems to me to be pretty cookie-cutter per action movies released in the last several years. Don't get me wrong - it's a good cookie. I don't regret purchasing this album, and will be adding it to my movie score playlist. I just didn't find anything new or exciting in it.

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