for the 50th Anniversary Godzilla film is a slight mixed bag.
The music itself was divided amongst three composers: Keith
Emerson, Daisuke Yano and Nobuhiko Morino. Emerson's work makes
up the majority of this score, but not by a very large margin.
It would be interesting to know what the back story behind
this decision might have been, as Emerson was officially announced
during the movie's production and the addition of the two composers
behind Alive's score weren't known until fairly late
in the process, especially that they would be doing such a
huge part of it. |
Regardless, the final
soundtrack is an uneven effort. There are some great
themes here, like "The Beginning of the End" and "The
Arrival", while also some fairly awful ones like
"Back in Action" and the made-for-TV-esque "End
Titles". The disc rounds out its runtime with six additional
tracks (24-29) by Emerson. Most of these didn't appear in the
actual film, while two of them were spliced together to form
the "End Titles" that were used. Emerson also does
an "update" of two Akira
Ifukube themes for this disc, with the first being of the "Monster
Zero March" and the second being of the "Godzilla
Overall, it's not a bad CD, but there are enough questionable
cues here to probably turn off a few, while those looking for
a more "traditional" type of Godzilla score akin to Ifukube's
efforts will likely be disappointed.
As a bit of side notation, the soundtrack isn't
full as it's missing the two stock Masaru
Sato themes and the SUM 41 song, although these can be
found on other releases.