Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Music By: Hans Zimmer

Featuring Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Remixes By: Various Artists

Produced by: Walt Disney Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            The fourth film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides finds Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crossing more than paths with Angelica (Penelope Cruz), a ravishing pirate with whom Sparrow shares a questionable past.  Angelica forces Sparrow aboard Blackbeardís (Ian McShane) ship and an unexpected journey to the Fountain of Youth.  Along the way, Captain Jack Sparrow must use his cunning ways to take on Blackbeard and his crew of zombies, Angelica, enchanting mermaids and more.

            Every single Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been scored by composer Hans Zimmer, one of the film industryís most respected and sought after composers.  Thus, it makes sense that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides would be composed by Zimmer as well.  This particular musical score would be a tad different from the rest however.  It would include a bit of a Latin flare in homage to Penelope Cruz and her interpretation of Angelica. 

            To achieve this goal, Zimmer brought in famed Mexican guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela, a celebrated duo who have sold over one million albums, selling out arenas and headlining festivals worldwide.  This is the first film score they have collaborated on.  Eduardo Cruz, Penelope Cruzís brother was also brought aboard.  An up-and-coming composer and songwriter, he was asked to collaborate with Zimmer and Rodrigo Y Gabriela for a tango that takes place between Jack and Angelica in the film.  Cuban born legendary jazz artist Arturo Sanduval was the featured trumpet player for the musical score.

            Thus, the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has a bit of the old swashbuckling adventurous attitude with a Latin flavor, but thatís not all.  There are some ominous sounding tracks as well, achieved through the use of music played in lower registry and vocal chanting.  I canít quite make out what they are saying, but I can tell you that this music gave me chills up and down my spine.

            Just when you thought you knew what to expect from this album, Walt Disney Records hurls you in a new direction.  Tracks 12 through 18 are remixes of Hans Zimmerís musical score featuring such mixing artists as DJ Earworm, Ki: Theory, Photek, Super Mash Bros & Thieves, Paper Diamond and more.  This section of the album provides the listener with new fun interpretations of the original score laid out to a dance/techno styling.

            I had a lot of fun with this soundtrack and it is safe to say that everyone involved in its creation did as well.  If you look at the booklet that comes with the album, you will note that everyone involved, from the composers to the producers to the musicians and more all have pirate nicknames included in their credits. 

                  The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Soundtrack provides the listener with the best of both worlds - a terrifically adventurous musical score with a Latin flare that perfectly encompasses everything taking place in the film, and a dance mix party thatís innovative and fun.  This album is simply a must have for all fans of music.


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