Free Listen: James Horner’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Soundtrack

The Amazing Spider-Man is the latest of the summer superhero blockbusters to storm the box office and has been doing extremely well since its theatrical opening on Tuesday: the Marc Webb-directed reboot of Marvel Comics’ web-slinging crimefighter defied expectations and mixed critical and audience response (Read our own FamousMonster’s review here) and posted a record Tuesday opening day gross of $35 million, beating the previous record-holder – Michael Bay’s first Transformers movie, released exactly five years to the day of Amazing‘s release.

James Horner, the Academy Award-winning composer who has brought his considerable musical chops to the soundtracks for films ranging from 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to James Cameron’s record-smashing epics Titanic and Avatar, was hired to provide the aural accompaniment for Spidey’s return to the silver screen after a five-year absence. Previously the cinematic adventures of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko‘s iconic superhero were scored, under the direction of Sam Raimi, by Danny Elfman and Christopher Young. AOL Music is currently streaming the film’s soundtrack CD, which was released the same day as the movie by Sony Classical, for FREE at their website.

Having not seen the movie yet I can’t put Horner’s score in its proper context, but it sounds like he’s composed yet another perfectly fine but unmemorable score, a trend that is too prevalent in recent big-screen comic book movie adventures (with certain exceptions). Some of the music sounds out of place even for what is supposed to be a light-hearted film with darker overtones – the cue “Playing Basketball” could have been ripped from some charming family comedy. At times Horner, a composer known for the overuse of certain motifs in his film scores, seems to be riffing on the work done by Elfman and Young in Raimi’s trilogy during the action-intensive tracks. It’s not a terrible score; in fact it’s a sturdy and professional job managed by a beloved veteran of the movie music industry. But it lacks the epic sweep and thrill of the finest superhero movie scores. Most of all the score lacks a memorable theme. You won’t be humming any of Horner’s music to yourself after listening to it or seeing The Amazing Spider-Man in the joy of IMAX 3D.

The soundtrack is also available to order now on CD and MP3 at Amazon.

Head over to AOL Music to listen to the album streaming right now for free!

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1 Comment »

  1. I’ve been humming Horner’s Spider-Man theme for over a week now, so you’re wrong about that

    Comment by Leeallen01 — July 11, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

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