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Album Review

Screenwriter and director Stephen Sommers of the 1999 remake of The Mummy is back for its 2001 sequel, along with the film's principal actors, notably Brendan Fraser. But Jerry Goldsmith, who scored The Mummy, has been replaced for The Mummy Returns by Alan Silvestri. Silvestri takes advantage of the film's period setting as well as its harking back to an earlier era of filmmaking to compose a score reminiscent of many movies in a similar genre. This is one action-adventure score that was not performed on synthesizers by the composer. Rather, Silvestri employs the Sinfonia of London Orchestra and Chorus, which is well-suited to his purposes. From the sound of the score, there can be few quiet moments in the movie, which like its predecessor combines old-time B-movie theatrics with state-of-the-art special effects. Silvestri keeps up with those effects by writing highly dramatic music full of sudden climaxes, martial beats, and big themes. When he has a little breathing space here and there, he evokes Middle Eastern motifs that recall Lawrence of Arabia, and his final theme music has a sweeping melodic feel very much in that vein. But most of the time, he is accompanying eye-popping visuals, and his music is suitably oversized, with the wordless chorus often doubling the tension-filled strings. Silvestri certainly isn't reinventing the wheel here, but rather using tried-and-true movie music methods to support the plot points in what is clearly a large-scale horror-adventure tale. The album concludes with an anachronistic pop/rock song by Live that also uses some exotic motifs.

Customer Reviews


Basically, Indiana Jones gets lost in Egypt. I'd reccomend 'Sandcastles' and 'The Mummy Returns', if you're not going to buy the whole album. It's pretty good, though. Suits the movie perfectly.

Got it!!

Just as I suspected, this album is genious, I love it. Now it can help me with a background music when I am reading my novels, and most of the times match up perfectly to what I am reading. This album just kicked out some of my favorites, I'm serious! All you soundtrack fans, this is for you!

A GREAT score ... but ...

This is a fantastic score, one of Silvestri's finer moments (in a long list of 'em). The music worked perfectly with the over-the-top movie, and it stands alone very capably as well. My only gripe is the same as for the original CD release of the score: the music here is only from the first 3/4 or so of the movie, and the titanic finale music is entirely missing. Very frustrating. Still, a worthy score. favorite track: "My First Bus Ride."


Born: March 26, 1950 in New York, NY

Genre: Soundtrack

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

Of composer Alan Silvestri's many film scores, he is perhaps best-known for his work with director Robert Zemeckis, starting with their first movie project, Romancing the Stone, and continuing through the next decades with many more blockbuster classics. Silvestri began playing music at a young age while growing up in Teaneck, NJ, and was already considering a music career by the age of 15. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, but after only two years moved out to Las Vegas and started...
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