Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Artist: 
Hans Zimmer ft. Rodrigo & Gabriela
Non-Airable Tracks: 
NONE
Label: 
Disney Records
Album Art: 

If you haven't yet seen the Pirates of the Caribbean films, then stop whatever you're doing, find the nearest movie theatre, video rental store, smartphone, etc. and correct your fatal pop-culture oversight immediately. If you have seen the films then, surprise, you have a pretty good idea of what this album sounds like (if you even glance at the "Sounds Like" section, seek help). Although, where Disney's marketing genious really comes into play and makes this a surprisingly listenable album is in the second half. A slew of popular club DJ's have been brought in to remix the soundtrack and give it an edgy club feel. The results are unexpected in that their, well, not terrible; and some are even good. The sheer talent that Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo & Gabriela add with their flamenco inspired riffs is what really seals the deal. They aren't all winners but take the time to take a listen and this ecclectic album just might yeild the musical treasure you seek; oh puns, who could resist?

Sounds Like: 
Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, At World's End
Recommended Tracks: 
13-Angelica (Grant Us Peace Ki Theory Remix) (3:09) : Amazing flamenco guitar contrasts well with the bouncy repetitive electronic beat. Interesting mix of light acoustic and heavy electronic. *****
14-The Pirate That Should Not Be (Phoket Remix) (6:26) : LONG. Only song with the recognizable theme motif (1:35 & 3:25). Unbelievably good flamenco guitar & castanets. Heavy drum beat. Great club feel after the drop. *****
15-Blackbeard (Super Mash Bros. Remix) (5:27) : Very corny but that's the charm. Sounds like what you'd expect of Super Mash Bros. Cavalry choir chanting meets high energy synth beat. Definite club vibe. ****
Name: 
Christopher Stern
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2011