Composer James Horner conducted the new soundtrack to the new movie The Amazing Spider-Man that features 20 tracks on the CD. James Horner has made this soundtrack stand out over most others right from the start by having the music contain more melodies rather than intense, high energy pounding of the percussions being backed hyperactive strings. Not that he didn’t also include some of those same intense, high energy pounding of percussions with hyperactive strings being played as well. The difference in this is that James Horner has used less of the dramatic sound of the fast paced strings and heart-thumping beat of the drums and more slower rhythms that seem to be following a story.
Though, this story that’s being told in the songs have 2 flaws to it that take away some of the enjoyment of listening to the songs on the soundtrack. What I didn’t like at first was how a lot of the songs levels would fade away to nothing where a few times I thought that my player had died or that the song was finished and I was waiting for the next one to play. This slowing of the tempos and the lowering of the volume levels where too much for me to stay connected with the songs. When the music faded out near the point of having nothing being heard, my interest in the songs faded out as well to the point that I almost forgot what I was listening to. James Horner has composed a CD that has songs with some good energy, quick beats, and changing tempos being played by some talented musicians but he’s also created music that gets boring too easily.
The second flaw this soundtrack has going against it is the way the music seems to be telling the story of what’s going on in the movie. I’ve seen the movie, it’s a great movie and this soundtrack really does play a major role in how I was feeling during certain scenes. Without the movie though and the scenes to watch, the songs aren’t as interesting or as powerful as they are when being played with the movie. I got to say though I did like how the main theme sound of the piano that’s Spider-Man’s theme is being played under almost all the tracks. It was kind of cool having that underlying theme popping up during the songs making them all have this connection between each other. I also liked the playfulness of the songs. James Horner has done a good job at capturing what Spider-Man is and putting it in sound. These songs do get a little boring at times but they also have their moments of excitement, energy, and fun.