The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Hans Zimmer & the Magnificent SixHans Zimmer & the Magnificent Six
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Credited to Hans Zimmer & the Magnificent Six, who replaced James Horner's largely orchestral score for the first film with a juiced-up, largely electronic one, the soundtrack for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 echoes the sequel's frenetic, slick, and streamlined action, offering up 14 instrumental pieces and six non-score-related songs that dutifully reflect the measured and meticulous, corporate tie-in sensibilities of the traditional summer blockbuster while still managing to march to the beat of their own very loud drum. Zimmer and his small army of hit makers, who include Johnny Marr (the Smiths), Junkie XL, Michael Einziger (Incubus), Andrew Kawczynski, Pharrell Williams, and Steve Mazzaro, infuse Andrew Garfield's second go-around as the web slinger with equal amounts of pomp and circumstance, introducing a new main theme that pairs a traditional, heroic, horn-driven melody with a serpentine (or spider-like) arpeggiated synth motif that goes a long way in marrying the faded glory of Spidey's comic book origins to the high-octane, over-stimulation of 21st century cinema. Upon first listen, the villain theme, introduced right off the bat with "I'm Electro," seems a little too on the nose, but the mesmerizing eight-minute "My Enemy" eradicates any off flavors by presenting a theme that matches the grace and muscular chrome sheen of Spider Man's cue, albeit via the bold strokes of dubstep. It shouldn't work, but Zimmer and co. have constructed a beast of a piece that frames a whispered laundry list of internal transgressions with an electro-rock center and a sneaky, Baroque-kissed whip of a base melody that spins the whole thing off in a kind of Marvel-approved re-imagining of Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise." The tacked-on songs, which include radio-ready offerings from Pharrell Williams, Phosphorescent, and Alicia Keys feat. Kendrick Lamar, are all well and good in that largely forgettable, ubiquitous movie-credits-sequence kind of way, but Zimmer and company's remarkably forward-thinking score makes this sequel to a film (which arrived a mere five years after the first franchise ended) a surprise gem.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888430481824
catalogNumber: 304818
Rank: 79506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans Zimmer & the Magnificent Six   Primary Artist,Band
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Walt Fowler   Trumpet
Nick Glennie-Smith   Conductor
Johnny Marr   Guitar
Tom Boyd   Oboe
Randy Cooke   Percussion
Brent Paschke   Electric Guitar
Satnam Ramgotra   Percussion
Mario Reinsch   Soloist
Alicia Keys   Piano,Vocals
Belinda Broughton   Concert Master
Stuart Clark   Clarinet
Ann Marie Simpson   Violin
Dominic Lewis   Soloist
Neighbourhood   Band
Amazing Spider-Man 2 Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
Walt Fowler   Orchestration
Johnny Marr   Composer,Additional Music
Alan Meyerson   Engineering
Suzette Moriarty   Orchestration
Hans Zimmer   Composer,Producer
Bob Badami   Engineering,Score Wrangler
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer,Additional Music
Junkie XL   Composer,Additional Music
Kevin Globerman   Pro-Tools
Daniel Kresco   Engineering
Ann Mincieli   Engineer,Engineering
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineering
Eric Weaver   Recording Assistant
Seth Waldmann   Engineering
Chuck Choi   Engineering
Hart Gunther   Recording Assistant
Kevin Kaska   Orchestration
Michael Einziger   Additional Music
Andrew Kawczynski   Additional Music
Shalini Singh   Studio Manager
Ramon Rivas   Recording Assistant
Marc Webb   Liner Notes
Chris Mullings   Engineer
Ann Marie Simpson   Arranger
Matthew Houck   Composer
Stephen Lipson   Producer,drum programming,Guitar Programming,Engineering
Mike Larson   Arranger,Engineering
Val Brathwaite   Recording Assistant
Matthew Desrameaux   Recording Assistant
Kendrick Lamar   Composer
Alvin Risk   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Steve Mazzaro   String Arrangements,Additional Music
Matt Weber   Recording Assistant
Jeremy Freedman   Composer
Michael Margott   Composer
Brandon Wollman   Engineering
Stephanie McNally   Engineering
Cynthia Park   Composer's Assistant
Ben Sedano   Recording Assistant
Rhea Fowler   Orchestration
Raphael Mesquita   Recording Assistant
Zach Abels   Composer
Jesse   Composer

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