Music From the Iron Man Trilogy
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In 2008, Marvel Studios set out to bring the ironclad superhero known as Iron Man to life. They introduced us to Tony Stark, a philanthropist, playboy and genius who has just inherited defense contractor Stark Industries. After an attack in Afghanistan, Stark's captors fit him with an electromagnet that keeps the shrapnel in his body from hitting his heart. Using this electromagnet, and fortifying his body with a suit of iron (and a couple of other neat modifications), Stark not only frees himself from his captors, he becomes a superhero, working often with S.H.I.E.L.D. to prevent terrorist factions from taking over in a trilogy of successful action films starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Stark/Iron Man.
Music From the Iron Man Trilogy, released by Silva Screen Records, features a selection of fifteen tracks of music from the trilogy - five tracks per film. Each of the films was composed by a different composer - Iron Man by Ramin Djawadi, Iron Man 2 by John Debney and Iron Man 3 by Brian Tyler - but they each have a basic style inherent to the entire series. The music is explosive; a true action film score featuring distorted slamming guitar riffs, heavy percussion and electronic music.
The entire album, performed by London Music Works, is an adrenaline rush. This is one album you don't want to listen to while driving. Each rocking track is exhilarating and the surge of adrenaline experienced by the listener may be "need for speed" inducing. The album adds in more orchestral elements in later tracks, such as strings and brass, but the entire album is one rocking good time. I loved watching the films, the musical score aiding in heightening the intense action of each film and this collection of score brings the listener examples of some of the best music to be heard in the series.
The layout of the music is perfect, with the raw intensity of the superhero just blooming in Stark in Iron Man starting things off, the more mature action hero style next and finally, the man doubting himself in the orchestral underscore of the action guitar in Iron Man 3. Music From the Iron Man Trilogy is one fun ride and I couldn't help but listen to it again and again.