Klaus Badelt

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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The soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean was originally composed by Alan Silvestri, who left the project prior to the film's release. Credited to Klaus Badelt, a protégé of Hans Zimmer, it was hastily assembled at the last minute, resulting in a paint-by-numbers exercise in big studio fluff that required the work of several unnamed composers. Badelt and his mysterious co-conspirators have created a schizophrenic pastiche of Hollywood excess -- much like the film itself -- disguised as a traditional score. The swashbuckling is propelled by an instantly unmemorable -- albeit rousing -- motif that contains bits of every action score in existence. "Fog Bound" starts off with a sprightly Celtic flair before dissolving into a generic Jerry Bruckheimer wash of keyboard strings and synthetic flute patches. This is the case for much of the record, resulting in inspired flashes of creativity amidst a barrage of filler.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, film score
1 2:16 Amazon
2 1:52 Amazon
3 2:16 Amazon
4 2:08 Amazon
5 3:15 Amazon
6 1:58 Amazon
7 4:06 Amazon
8 3:32 Amazon
9 2:08 Amazon
10 3:30 Amazon
11 3:23
12 2:38 Amazon
13 4:12 Amazon
14 4:46 Amazon
15 1:30 Amazon
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