A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there are no lyrics to be concerned about, but some of the haunting, moody music might be scary to very young children.
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What's the story?
The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST SOUNDTRACK is all instrumental, with swashbuckling orchestral swells that result in a moodier sound than on the first film's soundtrack. Compare the two: What are the instrumental components that make this one so much darker-sounding than the first? How could you change the mood of the movie by changing the music? Jack Sparrow's theme gets a waltzier treatment, for example, and the use of synthesizers and electric guitars may be appreciated by some more than others. Dramatic musical moments might lend themselves to unleashing your family's collective imagination and coming up with your own story. And pirate costumes are comparatively easy to assemble.
Is it any good?
Enjoy listening to the Hans Zimmer-composed soundtrack and remembering your favorite parts of the movie. Kids of any age can be encouraged to try to identify the different instruments played in the accomplished orchestral arrangements, as Jack Sparrow returns to action and adventure on the high seas. All of the songs are beautifully performed and mixed to perfection.