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Composer Michael Giacchino is no stranger to Pixar animation projects: his first high-profile feature film job was scoring 2004’s The Incredibles, and he also lent his touch to 2007’s Ratatouille. “Up with Titles” starts his score for 2009’s Up on a perky note, and then the film’s main theme, a waltz, is introduced on the slow and spare “We’re In the Club Now.” That theme is fleshed out on the next cut, “Married Life,” which features a striking violin statement. “Carl Goes Up” really takes the theme to town. First, we hear chimes rustle, harp strings flutter, and flutes jab as the balloon lifts off; later, swaying strings accompany the floating aircraft. Throughout the soundtrack, Giacchino keeps things fresh with his engaging melodies and variations, and Up succeeds as an old-fashioned score that doesn’t shy away from emotion or catchy tunes. The album also includes three tracks of sound effects and a bonus video documentary.

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Worth It

I saw UP today, and let me tell you: the thing that caught my attention most wasn't the effects, or the story, even though both were great. It was the music that caught my eye; or rather, my ear. Each beautiful track is perfectly suited for each scene in the movie, especially the one known as Married Life. It captures all of the things Ellie and Carl Fredrickson had gone through as husband and wife. All in all, BUY THIS ALBUM.

Out of the Park

Michael Giacchino once again demonstrates his versatility and insticts for creating the perfect marriage of melody with image. Not only can he deliver the goods for the sweeping epic visions but his intimate, whimsical numbers work just as wonderfully in support of the comic moments in the film. Few composers have this kind of range. The soundtrack is just as fun on it's own as the film itself. After just delivering a fantastic score for Star Trek, Michael sends another one into the stratosphere.

Simply stunning!

Pixar/Disney couldn't have selected a finer composer to score this film. It is extremely eloquent and light enough for a children's movie. Giacchino uses a full spectrum of effects which truly complement the movie's light-hearted and melancholy moments. I was lucky enough to see the film at Pixar Studios before the film hits's certain to be a success...but the real winner here is the music! Well done! Five stars! The full release to this soundtrack will be done after the release date for the film...May 29, 2009. They are trying to save something for the release's worth waiting for! Don't buy tracks individually...iTunes will competitively price this soundtrack shortly.


Born: October 10, 1967 in Riverside Township, New Jersey

Genre: Soundtrack

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

Composer Michael Giacchino grew up fascinated with both movies and music, and he's gone on to an ideal career writing scores for a number of acclaimed films, television series, and video games. Giacchino was born in Riverside Township, New Jersey on October 10, 1967, and grew up in nearby Edgewater Park. As a child, he developed an interest in animation and began making stop-motion cartoons, but discovered his favorite part was selecting the music that would match the action. After high school, Giacchino...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2009

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