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Given its theme-park origins and tongue-in-cheek swashbuckling, the first Pirates film was graced with an unusually dark and ominous score by Hans Badelt, one slyly credited as "overproduced by Hans 'Long John' Zimmer." Here, Hans takes the musical reigns from his colleague/protege and turns in something of a paradox. While the franchise's second chapter is visually and dramatically darker, Zimmer's musical approach is more varied and subtly playful than Badelt's, from the loping "Jack Sparrow" theme for low strings and the brooding rhythms of "Kraken" to the drunken waltz "Dinner is Served" and effusive reel "Tow Hornpipes." The German-born vet deftly introduces the film's creepy new villain with style via the evocative, shrewdly underplayed "Davy Jones" while interpolating Badelt's familiar Black Pearl theme into "Hello Beastie" and elsewhere. Closing the album with an energetic — if wholly incongruous — nod to dance floor marketing is DJ Tiesto's trance remix "He's a Pirate."

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Is This A Dead Man's Treasure Chest? Or Just Plain Dead?

Well, we all knew that we'd see another Pirates movie sooner or later. Now that it's only a mere 3 days away, I'm sure people who loved the first one will like 2. Now, the music is a different story. Curse of The Black Pearl, was going to be completely Hans Zimmer created, but he lost interest or what have you, and the job ended up being thrown in Klaus Badlet's lap. And with his original ideas flowing into the movie; Hans Zimmer returning at the last second to over produced the score. It turned into a vibrant, punchy, wild and oddly thematic ride that captured the sprit of a 21st centaury Pirate. Yet another solo outing for Mr. Zimmer after all he has done leaves one to wonder, can he still keep it original? Can he live up to ‘at the time’ relative unknown Klaus? Well the answer is very much yes… but not in the way you might think. He keeps the sprit and some themes wholly intact and sometimes in the forefront, but often then falls to just undertones. Where this score really works is when a obvious action scene arises and you can tell there that he put some over producing, on that piece and that brings the memory of the first into the clear. The new themes; Particularly “Jack Sparrow” is very much played at a slower pace and alludes to Jacks somewhat drunken persona, it also toys with the original opening music. “The Kraken” is an entirely new piece that lives in the lower tactile bass range and something of a funeral march of dread. Darkly enjoyable. “Davy Jones” a theme that carries more of the vaguely funeral march into play but with the start of a music box. “I’ve got my eye on you” Seems very familiar to tone of some original themes but there are only hints. “Dinner Is Served” with a blaring starts of tribal anger, but then kicks up the latter half with some sort of circus or odd dream music al’la “Big Fish”. ‘Tia Dalma” is vague with that certain undertone of mystery that could only come when a plot character is telling a story. “To Horn Pipes (Tortuga)” seems very odd to place in the middle of this disc, but then again, it fits the real world relevance of Pirates back in the day. “ A Family Affair” puts the over-produced back into the mix and works quite well as a thematically dramatic piece. “Wheel of Fortune” kicks it into high gear with something that seams as though Klaus Badlet came back just for this, however over-produced keeps it lower this time, but then the all too familiar Pirates Theme cues in at just the right moment to keep it awesome; with Hans Zimmer’s new themes playing a zippy montage of prior movements. But then you realize that it was All Hans Zimmer’s doing, remarkable, and perhaps the best piece on the OST. “ You Look Good Jack” plays it low and dark until a new dark villain score kicks in with vague guitar rifts al’la the first Pirates. “Hello Beastie” is by far the most tragically epic and heroic piece, playing with some new, but favoring the old, in a long piece that for once, time is apt. With the ending obviously a tribute to a favored crewmember and the final thirty seconds giving it a rising epic note to kick in the Pirates Theme. Right before going into the “He’s A Pirate (Tiesto Remix)” Which if you favor techno rave and punchy beats or bought the “Pirates Remix CD” you’ll be on familiar ground here, just prolong no doubt for the end of the credits. Still, over all Hans Zimmer’s new score lives up to the original, just not in the same manner. The ultimate test will be how well this score complements the movie. Till then, lets just hope that Captain Jack being back is not a sour outing. TT

"Thats got to be best pirate I've ever seen..."

Another great soundtrack from Pirates!!! Really places you on the adventure with the captain and the crew, "ay sea turtles." Download the whole album because the digital booklet has a lot of sweet pictures from the film. But don't take my word, because "me, I'm dishonest and a dishonest person you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you have to look out for, because you never know when they are going to do something incredibly...stupid" -Cpt. Jack

Same Flavor As The First, But With A Twist

When I first bought this soundtrack, I was worried that it would use a lot of the same material as the first one and would thus be overly repetitive. I was wrong. This soundtrack is amazing! Hanz Zimmer was able to capture the dramatic, driving feel of the first soundtrack and create a totally new one that is just as awesome as the first. The same "Pirates" sound that we all know and love is still there. This time, Zimmer successfully includes references to melodies from the first soundtrack in songs like "Jack Sparrow", "I've Got My Eye On You", "Tia Dalma", and "Wheel of Fortune", while still creating new, intense beats in such songs as "The Kraken", "Dinner is Served", "A Family Affair", and "You Look Good Jack" (which also effectively uses a theme from the first film). The use of the organ in "Davy Jones" is very powerful. The light-hearted "Two Hornpipes (Tortuga)" is so unexpected, but it still makes you want to get up and dance. "Hello Beastie" appears to be a slow, dramatic, somewhat predictable track until the last few seconds, when it incorprates an old melody but puts an unbelievably remarkable twist on it. Overall, this soundtrack is amazing! The only exception is the remix of "He's A Pirate". It should not have been included. The best songs on this disc are "The Kraken", a highly dramatic new tune, and "Wheel of Furtune", which is the perfect balance of new and old material. All fans of the first soundtrack should definitely buy this new one. It will not disappoint!


Born: September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany. After relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership...
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  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2006

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