- Audio CD (May 22 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B000P0J02E
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End Soundtrack
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|1. Hoist the Colours|
|3. At Wit's End|
|4. Multiple Jacks|
|5. Up Is Down|
|6. I See Dead People In Boats|
|7. The Brethren Court|
|10. What Shall We Die For|
|11. I Don't Think Now Is the Best Time|
|12. One Day|
|13. Drink Up Me Hearties|
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, we find our heroes Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann allied with Captain Barbossa in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones' locker. Navigating through treachery, betrayal and wild waters, they must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Chinese pirate Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat). Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest third biggest movie of all time Third soundtrack release of record-breaking movie franchise with proven successful music sales history Soundtrack will consist of original score by Academyr and Grammyr Award winner Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean composer). Its also includes a Collectible CD booklet with photography from the film.
The music for this third chapter in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is a traditional, efficient action score that, due to the film's setting, occasionally incorporates light Asian touches. The popularity of Hans "Long John" Zimmer (all the credits in the CD's liner notes include pirate-themed nicknames, like the roll call in a Simpsons Halloween episode) isn't in doubt--he sure is one in-demand composer--but afficionados are divided about his artistic worth, and this score isn't about to reconcile them. Some think that Zimmer relies too much on his stable of composers and sticks to tried-and-true recipes; others admire his capacity to weave themes in and out of cues, creating a whole made of subtly interrelated parts. At World's End feeds both camps: Seven of his collaborators are credited with writing "additional music," and the album feels by-the-numbers at times; but those inclined to listen very closely will be rewarded by the way Zimmer sneaks in bits of two main melodies (especially variations on the first track, a pirate theme titled "Hoist the Colours" and cowritten by director Gore Verbinski) throughout. The use of electronics is so light as to be almost undetectable, which will please fans of a more organic orchestral sound. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Hoist the Colours: 7/10-A very tragic and haunting scene, and the song is likewise, but I think that it's given a more interesting treatment in "What Shall We Die For?"
Singapore: 8/10-This track has an Oriental flavour, but still manages to bring in a lot of the much loved themes from the first two films.
At Wit's End: 9/10- though it may seem a bit long, it first brings in the beautiful Willabeth theme in all it's glory, then seemlessly transitions from a bit of the Tia Dalma theme back into the Willabeth theme again.
Multiple Jacks: 6/10- I don't know if it's because I didn't really like the scene in the movie, or because of the silence in the middle, or just because it's so weird, but this track never really did it for me.
Up is Down: 10/10- One of the best tracks on the cd, this is both hilarious and exciting, introducing the great main theme for the movie...it also helps that it's from one of the most outlandish, zany scenes in the movie...when the crew capsizes the black pearl by running back and forth.
I See Dead People In Boats: 7/10- Very slow, and very sad, but also very sweet, this is the music from when Elizabeth's father dies...watch out for that weird organ cord at the end.
The Brethren Court: 7/10- in this track, we first hear the "Hoist the Colours" theme really sneaking into the music, and we also get some delightfully weird music as Keith Richards enters as Captain Teague.
Parlay: 7/10- a rather different tone than the rest of the music, it feature a guitar solo by none other the Rolling Stones frontman himself.
Calypso: 6/10- sad at the beginning, and almost over-the-top in trying to be creepy, probably my least favorite track...the choir chanting occultish-ly in this one is pretty cheesy, really.
What Shall We Die For: 9/10- Very stirring, it makes me want to go into battle, the best treatment of the song in the whole disc
I Don't Think Now Is the Best Time: 10/10-this is one of the most amazing songs I have ever heard...the best part is Will & Elizabeth's wedding, from 6:50 to 9:06
One Day: 10/10- the incredibly beautiful, bittersweet, tragic music for the incredibly beautiful, bittersweet, tragic last scene of Willabeth.
Drink Up Me Hearties: 10/10- a great, I suppose you could call it "summary" piece...it includes one day, up is down, he's a pirate...all the faves.
There are some truly spectacular moments that give me goose bumps. This is without doubt, the best soundtrack, and orchestral based album I have ever listened to. Although I would have enjoyed this as a classical album, the electronic elements (guitars and synthesizers) are both sparingly used, and tasteful, and don't take anything away from what is an epic symphonic score.
I can listen to this album no matter what kind of mood I'm in, and it will both relax and revive me.
I can't recommend it highly enough. I love it.
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As has already been pointed out by other reviewers At Wit's End and I Don't Think Now Is The Best Time are incredible tracks. I'd like to include I See Dead People In Boats and Singapore in that short list of standouts. Multiple Jacks is also a very good bit of music, albeit with a strange mix of rather exotic instruments. Up Is Down has a certain playfulness that I really enjoy as well.
I have to admit however that I have one complaint about this compilation. The music that is playing in the last minute or so of the trailer is not included. The music in question picks up when the first glimpse of the sea battle starts. It is an incredible bit of music that plays prominently for nearly a third of the trailer yet didn't make the cut on this disc. I'm absolutely shocked by this. My understanding was that I Don't Think Now Is Best Time runs around 26 minutes in the film and I believe this "phantom" music came from there. I could be wrong but that's where I think it would fit. Anyway, it's a shame that Disney (or whoever is responsible) edited this out of the soundtrack. The disc runs fifty-six minutes so it's not a question of available time, there was plenty.
That might sound like a small complaint (and it is) but the track in question was an absolutely stunning piece of music. With that said, I will repeat that what is here is undeniably the best score released for any of the three films. I just guess I'll have to wait until the extended version of the soundtrack comes out (which I believe I read was going to happen for all three films)...
After watching the film over the weekend I was just as surprised to find that the musical piece referenced above is also missing from the film itself. Not just the soundtrack. Why do they do this? After looking at some other reviews it seems I'm not the only one who was looking forward to hearing this.
(If you want to skip my boring story, skip this paragraph)
So, about a week ago, I finally heard the clips to this soundtrack. I was flipping out. It was like, wow. Then I must have heard them over about fifteen times each (I'm serious). And I waited, and waited, and waited, for that number 22. I called up Wal-mart, and that crap store told me that they have Dead Man's Chest and Curse of the Black Pearl, but no At World's End. Possibly the most popular score right now, and they didn't take the time to get it immediately? Pathetic. Anyway, I bought it off of Amazon on Tuesday, and got it on Wednesday. How did I get it so fast? Well, I started the "Amazon Prime" trial, chose one day shipping (an extra four bucks), and waited almost all day on Wednesday for the UPS truck to come.
So, what do I think of this score?
-On it's Own: Incredible
-Compared to Curse of the Black Pearl: This is probably better, but I love the first one as well. They sound completely different, so you can't really compare them.
-Compared to Dead Man's Chest: At World's End is plain out better, better, and better.
I am seriously going crazy over this score. Dead Man's Chest, though not ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE, pales in comparison to this. Just pales. It seems like Zimmer used the electronics very lightly on this one, as the only track with them really pronounced is "Parlay".
Compared to Dead Man's Chest, the original themes aren't constantly present. This is actually a good thing, as we don't hear the same thing over and over again. However, when I do hear them once in a while, it's great. The themes for Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow are present as well, though not overwhelmingly.
It is so hard to pick the tracks that I liked most. Overall, "At Wit's End" and "I Don't Think Now is the Best Time" may be the best. But I also LOVE "Singapore," "Up is Down," "I See Dead People in Boats," "What Shall We Die For," "One Day," and "Drink Up Me Hearties." "Hoist the Colors" is great, too. True pirate music for once. In short, the ones I liked the least are "Multiple Jacks," "The Brethren Court," "Parlay," and "Calypso." I'm not going to go into great detail of all the tracks; if you want that, go to soundtracks.com and read their intensely long review.
Who is this score for? Those who liked the heavy use of electronics in COTBP may not like this one, for the simple reason that it is much more instrumental. But if you can get away from the rock-type sounds, then this is amazing. Those who didn't like DMC (for reasons I can understand), and have been waiting impatiently for this one to come out, then you WON'T be disappointed. And for those of you who have neither COTBP or DMC, give it a shot (no, don't shoot it).