The Avengers Soundtrack by Alan Silvestri (2012)
Get it: If you love action and consistent suspense in a soundtrack and like the occasional splash of the main theme
Don’t get it: If you are looking for a soundtrack that is good to listen to without any visuals and are hoping for a large range of melody
The Avengers was the movie of 2012. The world was watching and waiting for something great. Alan Silvestri had an enormous task in writing a s0undtrack that not only matched the film, but also matched the audience’s excitement and anticipation. Silvestri delivered on those points.
At the very beginning of the soundtrack, Silvestri incorporates an excellent “uneasy” feeling. Also in the beginning, although it continues throughout, he teases the listener with hints of the famous main theme. Overall, this soundtrack is very good action music. The highlights are when he gives hints of the main theme, but otherwise it feels a little empty. This is not placing any blame on Silvestri since he was just matching the script which did not allow for a broad range. In fact, even director Joss Whedon said, “Alan has provided a score that is so specific and so narrative-based,” which, again, isn’t a bad thing. It doesn’t, however, leave much room for a melody worth listening to without visuals. Whedon continued to say that the score is powerful and great. Power really did come through when Silvestri used brass and strings in such a way that evoke a true sense of might. The rhythm has the qualities of rather generic action movies, but even still it is done well. It also seems that there are one or two fun references to Captain America’s theme thrown into the score, which is a nice reflection of Silvestri’s other work in the series.
This gives a great mood for the film, but isn’t really one to listen to without the film to accompany it. There are multiple splashes of excitement in the soundtrack, but they only last for a relatively short time. The rare use of the main theme is understandable given the movie context and the characters not truly uniting until closer to the end. When it gets exciting, though — it gets exciting.
Then comes the main theme. The rhythm of the strings is exhilarating. The entrance of the brass only adds to the already awesome sound. When the percussion enters, it is almost slightly startling but more than welcome. It slows for a moment, again allowing for anticipation to build for one last time. Then, at the height of the track, the music becomes a symbol of power, might, and invincibility. Hearing this almost makes the listener want to go out and save the world. Anyone who has seen the film can clearly picture the heroes gathered together in the middle of the battle at that pivotal moment. This track is truly the theme for those characters. Anyone would be hard-pressed to write another theme that suits the heroes as well.