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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Henry Jackman

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Marvel’s Captain America franchise pivots sharply from its WWII origins to mirror more troubling contemporary history in Winter Soldier, with English composer (and Hans Zimmer protégé) Henry Jackman deftly echoing the shift in his music. “The most important aspect of this score is that it doesn’t follow the lineage of most superheroes,” Jackman explains. “When a heroic beat in a story is unfolding, I don’t hold back. There’s no moral ambiguity to defend freedom and

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A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

This is the first time I’ve listened to this composer and believe me, it’s awesome! Mind-blowing, beginning to end. It fit all the way through the movie, blending perfectly in every scene. I’m truly impressed. You guys NEED this score, really. Both the movie and the score have been much better than the first ones, there’s no way you’ll be disappointed!

Very good music, but missing one vital track.

I certainly enjoyed Alan Silvestri´s heroic score for “First Avenger”, but Henry Jackman´s approach to “The Winter Soldier” is right on the money, after all his scores for such great films like X-Men´s First Class and Captain Phillips have established him as a great film composer. Now, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is more of an old fashioned Political-Spy thriller disguised as a superhero film, with an great script, amazing action and twists and turns a-plenty, and it´s brilliant. The score fits the movie perfectly, and I certainly like it a lot, now, having said that, I felt that one vital track is missing, and it´s the end credits cue. For some weird reason the producers decided that including the Marvin Gaye and the 1940´s Trouble Man tracks was vital to this soundtrack, which obviously was not, even worse they actually decided to include them in the dreaded “Album Only” category, as if all of us Soundtrack Collectors would be dying to get them…They were obviously mistaken, and it´s a major mistake. We only get them because they become part of the package once you buy the album, and that´s it. Still, I would like to see if at some point they start selling that track as a single in iTunes, like the one from The Last Samurai, I certainly would love to get it. Still, great music, from a great composer.

Appropriate incidental score that brings Cap into the dark political corruption of the 21st century.

Yes, I too was disappointed that Alan Silvestri didn't do the score for Captain America: The Winter Soldier . His score for Captain America: The First Avenger was not only one of my personal favorites but also one of the most memorable orchestral film scores in recent years and his theme for Cap equally as unforgettable. It is heard once briefly at the beginning of this film when Cap is running laps around Sam Wilson (a.k.a. The Falcon) in D.C. but Cap's theme does not appear anywhere on this soundtrack. However, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a very different film from The First Avenger and therefore, almost by necessity, requires a much darker and incidental score accompanying its intense and suspenseful action sequences in contrast to the traditional orchestral period style approach of First Avenger to bring Cap into the politically more complex modern world of the 21st century.

Those that quickly dismiss this score simply as electronic "noise" or "cliche" are overlooking the brilliance of the film's colder atmosphere and political suspense as exemplified by the foreboding ambiance of "The Winter Soldier" theme. The cold electronic "noise" is intentionally unsettling by design, that characterizes The Winter Soldier like a dark ominous shadow when he appears onscreen and its electronic machinations are befitting this haunting Cold War-era cybernetic assassin.

Other tracks like "The Causeway," "Fury" and "The Lemurian Star" are obviously keeping tempo to the film's brisk and intense action and suspense onscreen. There's no upbeat heroic Cap fanfare heard here nor is it needed. Henry Jackman's score is dark, serious, straightforward and you can just picture Cap running along on the deck of the ship and taking out enemies with his shield and engaging them in hand-to-hand melee. The score accomplishes exactly what it needs to do and in that regard Henry Jackman's score for The Winter Soldier is successful.

I would love to have Alan Silvestri return for the third film to bookend what is shaping up to be a great comic book trilogy, but it also depends on the themes and the plot of the film which will determine exactly what kind of score and composer will be needed for the job. We'll just have to wait and see what Captain America 3 will bring. Even if another composer is chosen, it will bring an even different style and perspective to the film to keep it fresh, interesting and unique. Just because it is a different composer or style does not necessarily make it any less of a film. I would say Jackman's score sufficiently does the job it is needed to do. It would get boring to have the same music and themes recycled again and again. Even Batman has had several different composers and several different themes and Captain America is equally as deserving of different artistic styles and approaches where it is appropriate.

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  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Apr 01, 2014

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