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X-Men: First Class
(2011)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Stephen Coleman
John Ashton Thomas
Noah Sorota

Co-Produced by:
Al Clay

Additional Music by:
Chris Willis
Matt Margeson
Dominic Lewis
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Sony Classical
(European)
(June 14th, 2011)

Sony Classical
(American)
(July 12th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release, though the identical European CD album was released a month prior to its American counterpart and features superior cover art.
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Buy it... if you have a high tolerance for the brainless Hollywood blockbuster music sound and seek an entry that actually features a better rounded orchestral ensemble and more melodic continuity than most of its contemporaries.

Avoid it... if you stopped reading the above sentence at "brainless Hollywood blockbuster music sound."
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,173
WRITTEN 7/14/11
Jackman
Jackman
X-Men: First Class: (Henry Jackman) If all else fails, hit the reboot button. Wouldn't it be great if real life gave you that opportunity? In Hollywood, it worked wonders for the Batman franchise, so after four somewhat aimless movies in the X-Men franchise, writer/producer Bryan Singer returned to team up with director Matthew Vaughn to tell a somewhat new version of the origins of the famous Marvel Comics characters. Discarding some of the flashbacks in the previous films and staying truer to costumes and other aspects of the original illustrations, X-Men: First Class is a relatively high stakes endeavor for 20th Century Fox that required roughly $150 million for its 2011 release. It tells of the friendship and eventual rivalry between Dr. Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto), as well as their assembly of mutants in the 1960's against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis and a maniacal effort by an original common enemy to dominate the planet. The self-identity crises involving the characters are almost as bloated as the one involving the nuclear weapons, but never fear, concept enthusiasts will get a cameo appearance to compensate for any eye-rolling indifference that the brisk pace of the movie still manages to instill. Critics were surprisingly positive about X-Men: First Class and audiences agreed, racking up about $350 million worldwide at the box office. Apparently, a little dose of great naval special effects can go a long way. Not as popular is Henry Jackman's score for the film, mentioned as a detriment to the picture in a few mainstream reviews and met with disdain from film score collectors tired of formulaic summer blockbuster soundtracks dominated by the omnipresent Hans Zimmer/Remote Control sound. At its core, what Jackman and his RC associates have accomplished for X-Men: First Class is far from intellectual art. In fact, its themes are not much more intelligent that the mass of crap coming from the concept's sister franchises. And, as usual with these RC-associated composers, you hear Zimmer melodies and techniques aped in some form or another. But Jackman is no slouch with an orchestra, as his concurrent score for Winnie the Pooh can testify, and he makes a few choices for X-Men: First Class that actually give the score some artistic merit beyond what you might expect.



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Average: 3.01 Stars
***** 67 5 Stars
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Take that, James Southall!   Expand >>
Mac.K - July 16, 2011, at 10:12 a.m.
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How about the plagarism?
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 60:33
• 1. First Class (3:20)
• 2. Pain and Anger (2:58)
• 3. Would You Date Me? (1:44)
• 4. Not That Sort of Bank (3:27)
• 5. Frankenstein's Monster (3:03)
• 6. What Am I Thinking? (2:10)
• 7. Cerebro (2:23)
• 8. Mobilise For Russia (1:18)
• 9. Rise Up to Rule (5:56)
• 10. Cold War (3:20)
• 11. X-Training (4:26)
• 12. Rage and Serenity (2:06)
• 13. To Beast or Not to Beast (4:47)
• 14. True Colours (1:51)
• 15. Let Battle Commence (4:45)
• 16. Sub Lift (2:19)
• 17. Coup d'Etat (2:15)
• 18. Mutant and Proud (3:28)
• 19. X-Men (2:59)
• 20. Magneto (1:58)

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