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Album Review

The similarity between the Harry Potter series of fantasy novels for young adolescents and the Percy Jackson series of fantasy novels for young adolescents is reinforced by the choice of Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, to direct the first Percy Jackson movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Columbus' choice of Christophe Beck as the film's composer also seems appropriate, since Beck cut his teeth writing music for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (winning an Emmy in the process) and has gone on to a series of often youth-oriented Hollywood comedies. Beck brings to bear the full resources of the A-list of Hollywood orchestral musicians here, and they play a highly conventional big orchestral score to accompany the story of a teenager contending with the gods of Mount Olympus. Beck likes to have the many horns carry his alternately heroic and wistful melodies, while the massed strings provide rhythmic underpinning. It's not hard to tell what sorts of activities the musical cues accompany, as titles like "The Fury" indicate that feats of derring-do are being enacted on the big screen while Beck's galloping music fills the theater. He reserves his big main theme, appropriately enough, for a cue called "Hollywood." Indeed, this is Hollywood 101, nothing that hasn't been heard before, just as the film is strongly suggestive of similar sorts of entertainment that have sopped up lots of money from multiplexes in recent years. But it is effectively done all the same.

Customer Reviews

A compilation of opposing musical experiences!

Throughout the years, I have listened to many soundtracks, and I must admit, this soundtrack far exceeds any expectations I ever had for it. Though I trusted Christopher Columbus to find at least a decent composer after his soirees into Harry Potter, I did not have much faith in Christophe Beck, never having been a fan of his previous works. However, the intricate stylings of this soundtrack have changed my predisposition entirely. Here are a few quick overview points:

1. I really like the woodwind exposure in the score. Though this technique usually comes off as cliche, with the other strong points of chord structure and balance, the woodwind features act as a very nice transition between musical phrases and exclamations, executed much better than other attempts of recent scores *cough*Carter Burwell of "Twilight"*cough*.

2. As a long-time fan of the books, I was a bit worried about the commercial appeal this movie had been drawing of late and its possible impact upon the tone of the score. However, much to my approval, the score acutely portrays the dark underlay of hopelessness that Riordan writes into the series underneath the wit and satire.

3. Not having seen the movie yet (though I already have my ticket for Friday!), I can already see where the score might demonstrate the relationships between certain characters, and I definitely look for that facet in a score. I love it when the score can tell a story by itself and be a standalone work, and this score definitely has that quality.

Quick comparisons:
This score, at points, eminates high points of the following soundtracks:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe - Harry Gregson-Williams
Beowulf - Alan Silvestri
X-Men - John Ottman
Inkheart - Javier Navarrete
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Hans Zimmer

I make this review after only a few hours after purchasing it and listening to it thrice, however, if you are a true fan of the books or just a connoisseur of movie scores, I would definitely recommend it as a must-have for your music library.


Music=awesome, Movie=awesome, Books=what do u think? TOTALLY AWESOME! EVERYTHING ABOUT PERCY JACKSON IS AWESOME!!!!

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Omg!! I love it! I love the books and I love lerman Logan! I'm so happy I am going to by this albulm! I wish there where words in the songs, but oh well!


Born: 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Soundtrack

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

Canadian composer Christophe Beck has written music for both film and television. After honing his craft at Yale University and the Thornton School of Music, Beck found work composing for such shows as Law & Order and NYPD Blue. He won an Emmy in 1998 for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and has contributed music for a bevy of television and film productions, including Angel, Garfield, Elektra, Pitch Perfect, Ant-Man, The Peanuts Movie, and more. Beck has also composed...
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