A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is a tense, thrilling, and epic companion to the superhero movie of the same name. The mostly instrumental score is paired with a handful of radio-ready pop songs that play on the familiar theme of the hero rescuing the damsel in distress.
What's the story?
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) is the companion album to the latest entry in Marvel's seemingly endless Spider-Man movie franchise. For the score, prolific and beloved composer Hans Zimmer formed an eclectic group of contributors, dubbed the Magnificent Six, that included Pharrell, Johnny Marr (from The Smiths and Modest Mouse), Michael Einziger (from alt-rock outfit Incubus), and dubstep producer Junkie XL. In addition to the mostly instrumental suites that are featured throughout the film, the album also includes six pop songs by stars like Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, The Neighbourhood, and indie folk-rocker Phosphorescent.
Is it any good?
The score itself is fresh and action-packed, successfully incorporating hardcore electro breakdowns and dubstep drops into rich and engaging orchestral pieces. While Zimmer's controlling hand is clearly visible, it's also apparent that other talented and diverse artists contributed to the sound and composition, giving it a modern feeling that matches the sleek and futuristic aesthetic of the movie. The pop songs at the end of the album are obviously geared towards radio play, but that doesn't take away from the fact that they're catchy tunes by an exciting and diverse collection artists, including the haunting drone of indie rockers The Neighbourhood and Phosphorescent, the playful and soulful anthem "That's My Man" by rising star LIZ, and the sweet ballad "Here" by Top 40 king, Pharrell Williams.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the influx of electronic sounds and styles into film scores. What do you think of more traditional composers like Hans Zimmer incorporating elements of electro and dubstep into their orchestral arrangements?
Why do you think film studios often enlist pop stars to produce songs for the soundtrack, even if they aren't used in the film or only during the credits?
Super-producer Pharrell has worked with a wide variety of artists in the past year and throughout his career. How have his various collaborations helped him gain more exposure?
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