The Mummy Returns (Soundtrack) by Alan Silvestri

 

 

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The Mummy Returns (Soundtrack) by Alan Silvestri

De-Composing of Silvestri
Review by Christopher Coleman

 

The Mummy Returns (Soundtrack) by Alan Silvestri

The Mummy Returns
8/10

The Mummy Returns (Soundtrack) by Alan Silvestri

 

Category

Score

Originality 8
Music Selection 7
Composition 8
CD Length 7
Track Order 7
Performance 8
Final Score 8/10

 


Composer 
Alan Silvestri

 

 

Quick Quotes

"The album offers a phenomenal presentation of the score, with exactly seventy minutes of pure, unadulterated Silvestri action providing for an exhilerating and enjoyable hour plus of noisy fun. In an action sense, the score for The Mummy Returns hits all the right crescendos and pauses just long enough from the ruckus to allow you to come up for air.." ****

Christian Clemmensen - Filmtracks Reviews The Mummy Returns

 

 

Composed by Alan Silvestri
Produced by Alan Silvestri and David Bifano
Orchestrations by Mark McKenzie, David Slonaker and William Ross
Performed by Sinfonia of London Orchestra and Chorus; Live
Released by Decca Records May 2001

With Hollywood seemingly running out of original ideas for blockbuster films, the sequel or prequel facet of the film-industry has risen to new heights - milking characters and premises for every dollar possible - many times at a painful cost to audiences around the world.  In only the first half of 2001, a couple of top movie franchises depart from the previous film's composer and enlist "new blood" to carry on the series.   Sequel-film music can be a sketchy proposition when penned by a different composer than the original.  Sometimes the series needs a creative shot in the arm.  At other times director/composer alliances to precedence over tradition.  Still at other times, composers are too busy with other projects.  Already well publicized in 2001 is John Williams departure from Jurassic Park series and Don Davis' stepping in.  Yet another is Alan Silvestri taking the film-music helm from Jerry Goldsmith for The Mummy Returns.  

It has been some time since composer Alan Silvestri opened up his adventure box and really let loose with a big, bad, bold score. Instead, Silvestri has focused on producing much subtler, yet high quality efforts like Contact, Stewart Little, and most recently Castaway.  With scores such as Judge Dredd, The Abyss, and Predator under his belt, there is little doubt that Silvestri can produce a score that packs a powerful punch and that would be well suited to a film like The Mummy.  With the adventure/fantasy sequel The Mummy Returns, Alan Silvestri finds the perfect opportunity to resurrect such talents again.

The score for The Mummy Returns is constructed in classic, Silvestri fashion.  Driving percussions, which actually help to link it to Goldsmith's original work, blasting brass, and cavernous, choral accents constitute the most recognizable Silvestri-adventure-elements.  The vast majority of tracks presented in this CD release from Decca Records are of this action/suspense vein, much like Decca's original release of The Mummy in 1999.  However, Silvestri unearths his high powered style, buried for millennia, in The Mummy Returns and does so in a much more entertaining way than his predecessor.   The soundtrack finds its best cue in track 18, The Mummy Returns.  Functioning similarly to the concluding track of The Mummy release, the main and secondary themes are presented in concise and most memorable fashions.  This would have been a perfect conclusion to the CD.

Listeners will find a bit of a respite from all the bombastic-goodness in tracks such as Just an Oasis (4) portions of The Mushy Part (10) and Eve Remembers (13).  The softer elements of The Mummy Returns, however rare, do have an romantic and exotic feel that almost hearkens back to respective elements of Maurice Jarre's classic Lawrence of Arabia.  The net result wouldn't be necessarily be deemed an "emotionally balanced score" but nevertheless one that is a ton of fun with an adequate amount of music that allows one to take a breath or two.

Featured at the conclusion of this release is the completely misplaced tune, Forever May Not Be Enough (19).  Looking for a smash radio hit is standard marketing procedure these days and this cut, performed by the group Live, is but another attempt by the studio, et al to cash in as much as possible.  As far as it's continuity with the rest of the score, there is none.  The song seems more fitting for a James Bond film, title and all, yet here it is, like a marketing-curse, tagged onto the end of Silvestri's superior music.  It is doubtful that the juvenile target audience of the film will find this song attractive enough to go out and buy the CD, so one has to question its inclusion.

Even though The Mummy Returns shares many of the same musical elements with The Mummy it actually bares little resemblance to the first film's score. While Jerry Goldsmith's work became very popular with Goldsmith devotees, it was judged as average by most other film music fans.   Only the smallest artifacts of Jerry Goldsmith's original theme can be found in the sequel's score.  Silvestri's work is full of the matinee-infused-adventure music anticipated in the first film, but was sadly never delivered.  Fans of pulsating, relentless, film music will certainly get a charge out of Silvestri's handiwork, while fans of the original score may also enjoy The Mummy Returns, if they can get past the significant deviation from Goldsmith's work and style.  

 


Track Listing and Ratings

 Track Title Time

Rating

1 The Legend of the Scorpion King 4:55  ****
2 Scorpion Shoes 4:24  ****
3 Imhotep Unearthed 4:22  ***
4 Just an Oasis 1:25  *****
5 Bracelet Awakens 1:28  ***
6 Evy Kidnapped 5:55  ****
7 Rick's Tattoo 1:59  ****
8 Imhotep Reborn 2:42  ***
9 My First Bus Ride 7:45  ****
10 The Mushy Part 2:42  ****
11 A Gift and a Curse 5:32  ***
12 Medjai Commanders 2:03  ****
13 Evy Remembers 4:02  ****
14 Sandcastles 3:22  ****
15 We're In Trouble 2:18  ****
16 Pygmy Attack 3:31  ****
17 Come Back Evy 3:29  ****
18 The Mummy Returns 7:44  *****
19 Forever May Not Be Long Enough 3:47  **
 

Total Running Time

73:25  
 

 

 

The Mummy Returns (Soundtrack) by Alan Silvestri

*The Experience-O-Meter displays the track to track listening experience of this soundtrack based on the 5-Star rating given to each track.  It provides a visual depiction of the ebbs and flows of the CD's presentation of the soundtrack.

 

Referenced Reviews
The Mummy 

 

 

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