Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales by Geoff Zanelli.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 98.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 68.5
Album Excellence: 95.1%
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales AKA Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is a 2017 American fantasy film directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg and starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush & Javier Bardem. It is the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy. The score is composed by Geoff Zanelli.
It’s finally here. Seems like forever since we last heard from captain Jack Sparrow and his crew, and some say that’s a good thing. To be honest, I’d love to visit that world again. The music however deteriorated after the first two films. A lot of people loved At World’s End, but I still remain lukewarm to it. Tides was not great, let’s just put it like that. Hopefully Zanelli can bring the glory days back. He’s been involved, creating music for all four films, and most notably he had a hand in the main theme of the franchise, “He’s A Pirate”. I hope he brings that back for a rousing piratey fantasy score. The title track ‘Dead Man Tell No Tales’, and that has a nice epic sound to it, very much what I hoped it could be. Zanelli had a lot of help from the Zimmer team on this one, so the sound is not surprising. I think it’s an easily forgettable cue though, but it sure does sound good “in the moment”. ‘Salazar’ is the baddie theme, and it does impress with a dark and strong sound. I notice that both opening cues had some elements of choir, however subtle. That’s a pirate sound. Weird, but I feel that this theme could do well with another pirate baddie Le Chuck from the classic Lucasarts video game Monkey Island.
There are some parts that stick out. Although the theme in ‘No Woman Has Ever Handled My Herschel’, I feel the opening percussion sticks out quite a bit. We hear bits and pieces of the classic themes in this one as well and of course I love that. After a conspicuous start, it turns into a true nostalgic trip into the music that I loved from the first two films. I was hoping that the score visited what I loved for the first couple of scores without being all copycat about it. Zanelli has delivered just that. There are nods to glorious themes of the past, like the amazing ‘He’s A Pirate’ theme reprised and remixed in the final cue of the score, but most importantly the music feels right. It’s a great companion score to the first couple of scores without going overboard with nostalgia. Zanelli knows his pirate lore. None of the new themes resonates huge with me however there’s a nice romantic theme in ‘The Brightest Star In The North’. It’s really reliant of it’s history to make the impact that it has, but I almost had no boring moments through the entire score and overall it’s a hell of a lot better than Tides ever was.
1. Dead Men Tell No Tales
3. No Woman Has Ever Handled My Herschel *
4. You Speak Of The Trident
5. The Devil’s Triangle
7. Kill The Filthy Pirate, I’ll Wait
8. The Dying Gull *
9. El Matador Del Mar *
10. Kill The Sparrow
11. She Needs The Sea
12. The Brightest Star In The North
13. I’ve Come With The Butcher Bill
14. The Power Of The Sea
15. Treasure *
16. My Name Is Barbossa *
17. Beyond My Beloved Horizon *