Saban's Power Rangers
Composed By: Brian Tyler
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Power Rangers is a reboot of the film franchise featuring the main characters of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series. Five very different teenagers from Angel Grove explore an old gold mine and uncover Power Coins. Each takes one and later discovers they have been granted superhuman abilities. Returning to the mine, they find an ancient spaceship where they learn about the history of the Power Rangers and a former Green Ranger named Rita who betrayed them centuries ago. The five must find a common bond and unite to destroy Rita before she uses the Zeo Crystal to destroy all life on Earth.
The musical score of Power Rangers was created by American composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tyler, who was named Film Composer of the Year at the 2014 Cue Awards. Having conducted the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonica of London and the Hollywood Studio Symphony, he is perhaps best known for the musical score he has created for such notable projects as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, The Hunted, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into the Storm, Hawaii Five-0, Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion, Transformers: Prime, XXX: Return of Xander Cage and more.
I remember kids I used to babysit watching Power Rangers back in the day. I remember the score being action-based, with some comedic touches and that catchy Go Go Power Rangers action theme. So, as I listened to this new Power Rangers movie soundtrack, I wondered when Power Rangers became so dramatic. According to the composer, “The director and I discussed the musical tone of the score from the script phase of the movie. We wanted it to be evocative, thematic, memorable, and emotional. The sonic palette remained as we planned which was a score played by orchestra, a soundscape of guitars, vintage synths, and drums…I would describe the music as aspirational in that it always reaches for something just out of reach emotionally. It is not blatantly heroic, it is more of a theme of the heart.”
The score of Power Rangers is mainly strings, bass, percussion and electronic sound. Action scenes are enhanced by strings and horns. Powers are described through electronic sound. Ominous and darker undertones reflect Rita and her devious plot. Guitars enter in to enhance the softer, more dramatic moments of character discovery. Track 14, Let's Ride, is the only track on the album in which you hear hints of that old Power Rangers television show theme. The album culminates with an uplifting song called Give It All, performed by With You, featuring Santigold and Vince Staples.
Overall, I found the Power Rangers Soundtrack to be nothing that I would have expected, yet totally enjoyable just the same. I have no doubt that the musical score Brian Tyler created works well with the various aspects of the film, whether it be action or intense drama. Definitely a score worth checking out and one that will go over well with fans of the franchise.