Captain America: The First Avenger

Musical Score By: Alan Silvestri

Original Song By: Alan Menken and David Zippel

Distributed by: Buena Vista Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Captain America is a Marvel comic book hero that first appeared in the early 1940s.  A sort of super soldier created at a time when America needed heroes, Captain America fought the forces of evil during World War II and would live on to fight many more evils that threatened the United States in years to come.  On July 19, 2011, a new movie based on the character hit the theaters.  This film, Captain America: The First Avenger, focuses on the early days of Captain Americaís alter ego Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).  Having been bullied all his life, it was no surprise that Rogers would want to show his courage and his love for his country by volunteering to participate in an experimental program designed to create a Super Soldier.  When the experiment is a success, Rogers joins friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Strategic Scientific Reserve officer Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war against the evil HYDRA organization led by Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

            The musical score of Captain America: The First Avenger was created by American composer Alan Silvestri.  An Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning composer, Silvestri has composed musical scores for quite a number of films, including the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, The A-Team, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, Beowulf and more.

            The music begins in a bold, military style featuring brass and percussion for the Main Titles.  As the music mirrors the events in Steve Rogersí life, the music takes on different tones, starting off dark with dashes of orchestral fanfare.  As the story unfolds and Steve Rogers gains confidence in his identity as Captain America, the music becomes more exciting, heavy on brass and percussion.  The music is performed at a faster pace and the clashes between the forces of good and evil become more pronounced, the orchestra becoming louder and more intense. 

            The soundtrack ends with Star Spangled Man, an original song written by Alan Menken and David Zippel and performed by The Star Spangled Singers.  The song is reminiscent of old wartime songs used to lift the spirits of the soldiers fighting overseas.  According to Alan Menken, it was created as ďan homage to those great wartime songs of Irving Berlin.Ē 

            As far as Iím concerned, the last track was somewhat funny, but not really necessary.  I enjoyed the rest of the album and found it to be a perfect representation of what I would expect to hear as background music for a comic book hero action film.  Having started off as a military figure and being an American hero, I was not surprised by all the horns, clashing cymbals and percussion.  In fact, I expected it and would have been supremely disappointed if Silvestri hadnít taken that route in his musical score. 

            All-in-all, I found the Captain America: The First Avenger Soundtrack to be quite enjoyable and well-suited to the film it was created for.  As an added bonus, the album contains a booklet that actually folds out into a Captain America mini poster.  Captain America will join The Avengers next year, but for now, I recommend you check out the soundtrack for the film that started it all.  You wonít be disappointed.


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