Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack

Music review by
Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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The kind of music that rouses the blood.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The movie may concern itself with lawless pirating, but the music, standing alone, does not.

Violence & Scariness

At times the music suggests vital physical activity, but not actual violence.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's no objectionable material here.

User Reviews

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Adult Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008


I have listened to this soundtrack over and over. There are no offensive words, actually there are no words at all.
Adult Written byhorse_gerbil April 9, 2008

Good, but Dead Man's Chest, and At World's End are better...

Personally, this is my least favorite of the three soundtracks. It just seems that the tunes are kind of repetitive. It's the same few tunes over and over... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIlovemoviesreviews December 18, 2015

Amazing score!

This is some of my favorite score. It's generally suitable for all ages but some of it may be a little scary. Other than that perfectly fine for all ages!
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2016

What's the story?

Bristling with testosterone, this album paints pictures of macho endeavors, piratical and otherwise: acrobatic swordplay, hoisting of the mainsail, spying on sworn enemies, the breaching of locked doors with a well-placed kick. All of these scenes can be found in THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film, and the soundtrack will no doubt please die-hard fans who've seen all the Pirates movies, probably more than once. Overall, the soundtrack is best when it flexes its muscles, preferably played at full volume.

Is it any good?

The music is the kind that rouses the blood, so it can be enjoyed on its own merits. Composer Klaus Badelt achieves this with heavy percussion and synthesizers, to create moods of urgency and power. But he can also draw on strings and woodwinds to lighten the mood or to suggest romance. If some tracks suggest a familiar signature, it's not surprising. Composer Klaus Badelt wrote or had a hand in soundtracks for other action films pitting the individual against the odds, including Gladiator and The Time Machine.

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