Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

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The fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean story has been released along with Hans Zimmer’s third offering towards the music, although this time he has teamed up with Rodrigo y Gabriela to add in some latin guitar sounds quite regularly. This discussion completely ignores all the remixes present in the album.

This album, aptly dubbed Pirates 4, utilizes the Jack Sparrow theme from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Pirates 2) quite nicely. It takes the essential Pirates of the Caribbean themes as originally laid forth by Klaus Badelt (under the supervision of Hans Zimmer’s studio) for Curse of the Black Pearl (Pirates 1) and blends them in well. But the featuring of Rodrigo y Gabriela to me was undesirable. I really could have done without it. As a result, this album only somewhat satisfies. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Pirates 3) still takes the cake for me. Pirates 1 was foundational. Pirates 2 was good but lost energy. Pirates 3 was perfect. Pirates 4, well, it’s kind of like Pirates 2. The genius of Pirates 3 was how well it not only incorporated themes from Pirates 1 and 2 but also made its own delightfully distinct themes. Pirates 4 has done the same, only its own distinct theme is Rodrigo y Gabriela, for which I have already expressed distaste. Well, the only time I like Rodrigo y Gabriela is their brief inclusion in the End Credits.

Here are some noteworthy tracks:

  • Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow
  • Mutiny
  • Mermaids
  • Blackbeard
  • End Credits

Blackbeard is easily the best track on this score in my opinion.

What do you think? Is the score for Pirates 4 the best thing ever? Is it better than its predecessors? Do you like Rodrigo y Gabriela’s involvement in the score?