Soundtrack Review: The Avengers (2012)

Soundtrack Review: The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Avengers by Alan Silvestri.

“I’m not sure what happened here as it has small nods to A-Team, Captain America and Even the mighty Judge Dredd in the score, but with so small dosages that it barely registers.”

Is there a bigger summer blockbuster this year? I don’t think so. Already the reviewers have fallen in love with the film and who can blame them when the mighty Joss Whedon is writing and directing. They have managed to assemble Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and more to save the earth from Loki and his army. The score has been a highly anticipated one specially when you consider that Alan Silvestri did such a great job with Captain America last year.

Track List

1. Arrival 60
2. Doors Open From Both Sides 40
3. Tunnel Chase 80
4. Stark Goes Green 60
5. Helicarrier 100
6. Subjugation 60
7. Don’t Take My Stuff 40
8. Red Ledger 60
9. Assault 80
10. They Called It 40
11. Performance Issues 80
12. Seeing, Not Believing 80
13. Assemble 60
14. I Got a Ride 80
15. A Little Help 80
16. One Way Trip 80
17. A Promise 100
18. The Avengers 100

To be over-excited = So excited about something that you behave in a silly way. At least according to Macmillan Dictionary. It was the actual state I was in when it was announced that the score would be composed by Alan Silvestri who did such a great job on Captain America last year. Watching the trailers, seeing Captain America there, and then you have Thor, Iron Man and loads of things to get excited about, you can’t blame a poor soul for being over-excited. This should be an easy job for anyone really, all those superheroes, they need themes right? Identities!

As luck would have it, I got a chance to have a proper listen to it before it’s release. To use an over-used phrase, being like a kid in a candy store doesn’t even compare to the excitement I felt as I was about to play it. Then reality hit me, and it hit me hard, with superhero strength. What is this? Why is most of the score focused on creating music that doesn’t excite me at all? Why? Just listen to the first couple of cues ‘Arrival’ and ‘Doors Open From Both Sides’ and you know what I mean. It is simply not very fun to listen to, and I get a feeling that under-excited might be a better word to describe my feelings after listening to this.

I’m not sure what happened here as it has small nods to A-Team, Captain America and Even the mighty Judge Dredd in the score (and more), but with so small dosages that it barely registers. The really great cues I can count on one hand because there are only 3. ‘Helicarrier’ excites me quite a bit with those big blaring horns and thematic excellence, just like the good old Alan Silvestri came back to show us how it’s done. ‘A Promise’ starts off as a very sweet track with guitar and strings and later blends well with the more dark and sinister. The Avengers theme sounds really good here I must admit. Lastly the cue ‘The Avengers’ is a great theme for The Avengers, even if it does go a little 80s pop-sequence at us for a few seconds. These are the kind of cues I was expecting all over the score, but it wasn’t to be.

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Like James Newton Howards’ Green Lantern last year, Alan Silvestri’s The Avengers is the biggest disappointment so far, and possibly might be all year despite it being a decent score. Most of the tracks here doesn’t really interest or excite me at all unfortunately and it is safe to say that comes as a huge surprise to me, specially after Captain America last year.

Geek Score: 71.1

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