Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Walt Disney Records (5099909792524)
Movie | Release date: 05/16/2011 | Film release: 2011 | Format: CD, Download

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.Guilty Of Being Innocent Of Being Jack Sparrow1:42
2.AngelicaRodrigo y Gabriela4:17
4.The Pirate That Should Not BeRodrigo y Gabriela3:55
6.South Of Heaven's Chanting MermaidsRodrigo y Gabriela5:48
7.Palm Tree EscapeRodrigo y Gabriela3:06
9.Angry And Dead AgainRodrigo y Gabriela5:33
10.On Stranger Tides2:44
11.End Credits1:59
Bonus tracks
12.Guilty Of Being Innocent Of Being Jack Sparrow [Remix]2:45
13.Angelica (Grant Us Peace) [Remix]3:08
14.The Pirate That Should Not Be [Remix]6:26
15.Blackbeard [Remix]5:26
16.South Of Heaven's Chanting Mermaids [Remix]3:32
17.Palm Tree Escape [Remix]5:28
18.Angry And Dead Again [Remix]5:49
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - 04/10 - Review of Jason FLZ, submitted at
With the release of Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides looming on the horizon, anticipation has been very high. Even moreso with the release of Hans Zimmer and Co.'s latest contribution to the franchise. Coming on board this time are Spanish guitarist duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and composer Eric Whitacre. Interestingly enough, the latest release actually feels alot more different than the previous scores (I haven't seen the film yet so I have no great basis for comparison) with the help of the spanish guitars and the X-Ray Dog feel. The album itself has also been prematurely criticized for the amount of remixes tacked onto the end.

Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow- Confusing title aside, this brief track is a compilation of all the various Jack Sparrow motifs and themes pushed into one. It's short, but fun.

Angelica- Here's where the real treat begins. Rodrigo and Gabriela really show their playing skills off in this fun track. The music is mostly compromised of latin flavored themes with a waltz backdrop and some bass thumps. Definitely an interesting choice for a Zimmer score in this area.

Mutiny- This is where Blackbeard's theme is introduced. Unfortunately not wholly memorable as some of the previous themes written by Zimmer (and also sounds a little bit too much like Barbossa's theme from the first film). Aside from that, the track is mostly a reusal of the track 'Swords Crossed', in Curse of the Black Pearl. Interesting only for the latin sound implemented in.

The Pirate Who Should Not Be- Another interesting track title, this is one of RyG's medlies. The track opens with a fast paced pulse before expanding into a spanish variation on 'He's A Pirate'. Once again, it's fun and original.

Mermaids- Running at 8 minutes, this is easily the longest cue on the album. For the first third of the track, Zimmer and Whitacre bring a reprisal of the ethereal motif from At World's End. The choir sounds great but the overuse of synth does wear a little thin. The middle portion introduces the motif for the film, a mysterious rising and falling theme. The third (interestingly enough) incorporates the music from Beckett's death in the third film. It's a strange choice but fits in with the track, which does unfortunately lag with amount of synth overlay.

South of Heaven's Chanting Mermaids- This time around, RyG puts a latin spin on the Stranger Tides motif. It's interesting to listen to but isn't really anything exciting.

Palm Tree Escape- The album's first (and only) action cue, Palm Tree Escape is ingenious. The cue slowly builds up, using the various Jack Sparrow motifs before exploding into the action theme from Dead Man's Chest. That's when it gets interesting. The second half is a spanish guitar variation on 'He's A Pirate', coming out of nowhere. While the music itself isn't original, the twist used with the guitars was a nice little surprise.

Blackbeard- I will admit, of all the themes used in the score this is the one I am most disappointed about. The simplistic approach (a rising and falling three note motif that sounds like a foghorn) sounds so bland. It also doesn't help that the cue keeps cutting away from the theme and delving into other motifs. (including the Stranger Tides theme, and a truly surprising reprise of 'Haunted Dress To Tortuga') It just isn't memorable or exciting.

Angry and Dead Again- Aside from the electric guitars added on, this is mostly the same RyG stuff we've heard before. Nothing new.

On Stranger Tides- This is, for the most part, the theme of the score. At first I wasn't really impressed but if you do go back for a repeated listen, you will be surprised at the thought put into the track. Opening with a mysterious motif, the track suddenly bursts into a choral burst of energy. The cue is suprisingly powerful and does resonate after listening.

End Credits- While pretty much a 2 minute suite of He's A Pirate, this cue does throw a bit of latin flavor into the mix. It sounds fun, although the re-use of the Jack Sparrow action motif feels uninspired.

As for the remixes, I won't even bother bringing them up. Overall, this album is a rare case where I will recommend purchasing through Mp3 to get the score material (unless you like techno remixes). The music itself, however, isn't really worth recommending. Aside from the nice latin touches of Rodrigo y Gabriela and the choral/orchestral sounds from Eric Whitacre, the music feels like nothing more than a large compilation of various themes from the previous scores. It suffers from the issues that Rango had, it lack originality and serves as nothing more than a mixture of 'Zimmer's Greatest Hits'. Otherwise (if you are a big Pirate fan) there really isn't anything to hold against the score. My only other complaint is amount of remixes that take up about half of the album.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - 07/10 - Review of The Hakar-G Padayachee, submitted at
Hans Zimmer returns for the fourth installment to the great Pirates of The Caribbean franchise, with a little help from Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Eric Whitacre. What may seem as rehashes in certain parts actually isn't a huge bother, because it has an unusual mix of latin or Spanish guitar's to it.

As John Powell did with his exciting score, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Zimmer does the same with this film.


01- Guilty of being innocent of being Jack Sparrow- This track only 2:26 minutes long starts of with the motifs of Captain Jack. Like his original theme heard at the beginning of Dead Man's Chest soundtrack, it plays again to introduce us back to his quirky world. Mixed with Rodrigo's spanish guitar it makes as an interesting piece, but it still seems rehashed in some cases. 6/10

02-Angelica- This has to be one of Zimmer's most iconic pieces, a beautiful sassy feel to it introducing Blackbeard's daughter played by Penelope Cruz. We get the whole feel of her relationship with Jack Sparrow, fun and spicy, this is the best track on the CD. 10/10

03- Mutiny- A repeat of the track Sword's Crossed and Barbossa's theme, it is a bit rehashed. But it does bring back the epic feel of Jack's adventures and any Pirates fan who has listened to the previous soundtracks, should enjoy familiar pieces added into it. 7/10

04-The Pirate that should be- A nice little guitar piece by Rodrigo Y Gabriella, which can seem repetitive sometimes, but picks up with a bit of the He's a Pirate theme at the end. the Bell gong effect is added in with violins and a drum roll that compliments the Spanish guitar. 7/10

05- Mermaids- A haunting choir of woman sing a bit of the At Wit's End track from At World's End soundtrack. With respects to Davy Jone's Music Box as well, it makes as an interesting ghostly piece. Love to see how its used in the film. 8/10

06- South of Heavens Chanting Mermaids- Another Rodrigo piece which seems out of place for a film like Pirates of the Caribbean. As a stand alone track, it is very beautiful but it doesn't fit what I would normally think a Pirates Soundtrack would have. (for the part of the film (5/10) (stand alone 8/10)

07-A Palm Tree Escape-A fun track which makes me think of the Wheel of Fortune track in DMC. I still feel there could be room for an original piece, but you can't have everything. 6/10

08-BlackBeard- A brilliant track with great strength and fear which someone like Blackbeard would deliver in the film, this track is very powerful and hearty, a few distractions as it changes to different themes within the film, but like Davy Jones and The Kraken this one is definitely amongst them. 9/10

09-Angry and Dead Again- One of my favorites on the soundtrack, it does seem to repeat itself like the other guitar pieces, but nonetheless there is something very Piratey about it. Lol. 9/10

10-On Stranger Tides- A haunting piece that escalates to a powerful dramatic song with chants. This is the main theme for the film and it is a must hear. 10/10

11-End Credits- And finally He's A Pirate theme returns at the end of an interesting soundtrack, with Rodrigo's input of the guitar thats all there is to the song, a variation and thats it.

Overall the soundtrack is an interesting feast. I certainly have overplayed it many times on my Windows Media Player list. With a few complaints mainly that half the score was rehashed and they used someone like Rodrigo Y Gabriella who doesn't suit a soundtrack like this, On Stranger Tides is recommended.

Other releases of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011):

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Soundtracks from the collection: Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Soundtrack Treasures Collection (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides' (2011)
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Unreleased Suites (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

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