19 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

English film composer John Powell is blunt about the challenge of forging a sequel to Paramount’s warmly received animated fable: “The first film is beloved, so it literally is just: 'Don’t [screw] it up!'” The original also netted the composer his first Academy Award nomination, which raised the bar for this one even further. “I couldn’t bear the idea of coming out at the end and everybody going, ‘Okay it’s good, but not as good as the first one,’” Powell says with a chuckle. For Dragon 2, the composer started writing themes a year in advance, with the film’s closing Powell/Jónsi/Shane MacGowan song collaboration, “Where No One Goes,” requiring completion before animation could begin. Powell also returned to his original Oscar-nominated themes “in the first five minutes of the film, kind of like an overture from the first movie. From there on, [new] themes are very carefully introduced, linked into these ideas that the film is following.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

English film composer John Powell is blunt about the challenge of forging a sequel to Paramount’s warmly received animated fable: “The first film is beloved, so it literally is just: 'Don’t [screw] it up!'” The original also netted the composer his first Academy Award nomination, which raised the bar for this one even further. “I couldn’t bear the idea of coming out at the end and everybody going, ‘Okay it’s good, but not as good as the first one,’” Powell says with a chuckle. For Dragon 2, the composer started writing themes a year in advance, with the film’s closing Powell/Jónsi/Shane MacGowan song collaboration, “Where No One Goes,” requiring completion before animation could begin. Powell also returned to his original Oscar-nominated themes “in the first five minutes of the film, kind of like an overture from the first movie. From there on, [new] themes are very carefully introduced, linked into these ideas that the film is following.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
536 Ratings
536 Ratings
KamehamehaX ,

Best soundtrack ever!!

"This is amazing!!!" - Hiccup

gingi0 ,

A superior sequel to an already wonderful score.

John Powell as usual proves that he's got the chops. He blends familiar themes from the first movie's score with new elements and fresh elaborations. This score features more sweeping tracks and moving vocals, while keeping its playfulness. "Where No One Goes", the theme song by Jónsi and Powell, nicely incorporates musical riffs and percussion from the score, something "Sticks & Stones" of the first film did not do. The only thing the score lacks is the one outstanding track to mirror "Forbidden Friendship" from the first film. But the rest of the score, including the vocal cameos from cast members, definitely makes up for it.

Soleslayerx ,

Hicstridfangirl

This is seriously an amazing soundtrack, I bought it the second the clock struck twelve for the 10th. John Powell does a beautiful job and I loved how Gerard Butler and the others sang in one of the tracks. This movie is going to be fantastic. How To Train Your Dragon has been one of my biggest inspirations in the passed several years and the music just inspires me more. Dean Deblois and John Powell and Cassandra Cowell have created the most magnificent story that has ever been told in both writing and animation.

If you need positivity, inspiration, and something that will truly blow your mind beyond all understanding, you’ve GOT to buy this soundtrack. Also, don’t forget to get the 1st movies’ soundtrack as well. These two are beautiful works of art for your ears and you won’t regret the purchases.

Go Hooligans!

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