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Mummy Returns (Soundtrack)
     

The Mummy Returns (Soundtrack)

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by Alan Silvestri
 
This breakneck-paced score for The Mummy Returns is accented by thunderous timpani and a powerful, wordless chorus. The original music is by Academy Award and Grammy nominee Alan Silvestri, (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), who seems to have channeled the spirit of Saturday

Overview

This breakneck-paced score for The Mummy Returns is accented by thunderous timpani and a powerful, wordless chorus. The original music is by Academy Award and Grammy nominee Alan Silvestri, (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), who seems to have channeled the spirit of Saturday morning adventure serials for the film's spooky sonic accompaniment. Richly blending timpani with strings and Middle Eastern instruments, the score escalates the movie's tension and excitement. "Just an Oasis" provides a break from this thematically unified piece, its lush harps and violins offering an exotic breather before the score segues into the ominous "Bracelet Awakens" and the rousing "Evy Kidnapped," powered by a massive brass section. Although the score ends with "Forever May Not Be Long Enough," a rock anthem by the group Live, The Mummy Returns is Silvestri's show, as he reminds the audience just how much fun scary movies can be.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Screenwriter and director Stephen Sommers of the 1999 remake of The Mummy is back for its 2001 sequel, along with the film's principal actors, notably Brendan Fraser. But Jerry Goldsmith, who scored The Mummy, has been replaced for The Mummy Returns by Alan Silvestri. Silvestri takes advantage of the film's period setting as well as its harking back to an earlier era of filmmaking to compose a score reminiscent of many movies in a similar genre. This is one action-adventure score that was not performed on synthesizers by the composer. Rather, Silvestri employs the Sinfonia of London Orchestra and Chorus, which is well-suited to his purposes. From the sound of the score, there can be few quiet moments in the movie, which like its predecessor combines old-time B-movie theatrics with state-of-the-art special effects. Silvestri keeps up with those effects by writing highly dramatic music full of sudden climaxes, martial beats, and big themes. When he has a little breathing space here and there, he evokes Middle Eastern motifs that recall Lawrence of Arabia, and his final theme music has a sweeping melodic feel very much in that vein. But most of the time, he is accompanying eye-popping visuals, and his music is suitably oversized, with the wordless chorus often doubling the tension-filled strings. Silvestri certainly isn't reinventing the wheel here, but rather using tried-and-true movie music methods to support the plot points in what is clearly a large-scale horror-adventure tale. The album concludes with an anachronistic pop
ock song by Live that also uses some exotic motifs.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2001
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0044001398322
catalogNumber:
013983

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Silvestri   Primary Artist,Conductor
Glen Ballard   Keyboards
Patrick Dahlheimer   Bass
Chad Gracey   Drums
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Ed Kowalczyk   Vocals
Dean Parks   Saz,Oud
Chad Taylor   Guitar

Technical Credits

Glen Ballard   Programming,Producer
David Bifano   Producer
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Mark McKenzie   Orchestration
Dennis Sands   Engineer,Engineering
Alan Silvestri   Composer,Producer
William Ross   Orchestration
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
David Slonaker   Orchestration
Scott Campbell   Engineering

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music was absolutley beautiful in this film. I knew exactly what scene the song was from because all the songs were different. The music in this great movie was phenomenal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have truly enjoyed this soundtrack because of the various techniques employed to produce the unique sounds in this c.d. I love how some ancient Egyptian and Arabian themes of music are combined with a few of today's modern instruments along with choral voices in a couple of the very passionate pieces such as 'Evy Remembers'. I recommend this soundtrack to everyone because it is simply smashing!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this almost immediately after I saw The Mummy Returns in the theater and I am not sorry I bought it. I have always been interested in Movie soundtracks. And this one is filled with beautiful scores and rich themes. Although I don't like the last song by Live becuase it just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the album. It's wonderful becuase I can tell what scene every song is from and it's like watching the whole movie over again. I am eagerly waiting for The Scorpion King to come out in theaters so I can see it. But while I wait I am quite content with listening to this. So I definitely recommend this CD for people who love soundtracks and good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have very recently purchased this soundtrack, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I highly recommend it to anyone. My personal favorite track on this CD is number 14-''Sand Castles.''