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Soundtrack review: Captain America (Alan Silvestri – 2011)

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Soundtrack review: Captain America (Alan Silvestri – 2011)

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Alan Silvestri’s “Captain America” theme is my favorite from the Marvel phase before Brian Tyler took over the music. It fits the character, the truest and purest hero from all the Avengers, and it has a true American anthem feel to it.

Though exciting in parts, I have trouble connecting with this score. There’s no feeling, no emotion and I couldn’t find even one cue on which to place some sentimental value. I don’t feel immersed in the music; I find the score to be cold. I have little to complain about when it comes to the technical value of the score, but from the emotional point of view it does nothing for me.

Except the excellent main theme, “Captain America” also comes with some very exciting action tracks. “Kruger chase” is the one that stood out for me from the first half of the score.

I’m halfway through “Captain America” and it’s been a very frustrating and uneven score so far.Thankfully, the score makes a “Triumphant return”. From then on, things get way better. The action and excitement on cues like “Invader’s montage” or “Hydra train” is easier to sit through and sounds well developed. “Motorcycle mayhem” finally gets me involved in this score and manages to lift it out of the uneven zone. “Invasion” makes “Captain America” fly. I wonder why the entire score couldn’t sound like this. This is a proper superhero score, with well defined action motifs, engaging sounds and a clear direction.

The final part saves it and I have more to remember and love from this score except the main theme. Still, it won’t be a score I’ll replay very often…

Cue rating: 76 / 100

Total minutes of excellence:  37 / 68

Album excellence: 55%

Highlights:

Captain America Main Titles

Farewell to Bucky

Hydra Lab

Training the Supersoldier

Kruger Chase

Invader’s Montage

Hydra Train

Motorcycle Mayhem

Invasion

Fight On The Flight Deck

“This Is My Choice”

Passage Of Time

Captain America

 

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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