Three years ago, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
burst on the unsuspecting movie-going public and became a smash hit. With music "over-produced" by Hans Zimmer, composer Klaus Badelt and a team of contributors helped whip the score together in a blazingly fast amount of time. Fans and critics alike all had a field day with the soundtrack, some praising the modern rock approach to a period adventure film, and others lambasting it for the very same reason.
For the sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
, composer Hans Zimmer steps up to the plate to take over as the lead composer. With a bit more time to work on the score, the result is a work that takes advantage of the orchestra a bit more than the first film, but doesn't lose its modern roots. Zimmer wrote new themes for the sequel, but kept a few bits from the original score, which pop up here and there in the soundtrack.
The album will be out on the Fourth of July, just a few days before the film is released. So before you decide to skip the BBQ and head over to the record store to pick up the album, do yourself a favor and read SoundtrackNet's First Listen of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
. Ye might just find what it is ye seek! Please note that we have not seen the film, and what follows is a track-by-track analysis of the soundtrack album.