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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb by Alan Silvestri (Review)

posted Jan 13, 2015, 12:15 PM by Michael Hollands
 
Alan Silvestri is easily one of the most recognizable names in the world of film music. Furthermore, he is beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the most popular and best composers working in the industry. His music not only stands for pure excitement but also for quality with a highly emotional content.
 
Just remember his tremendous score for Forrest Gump or the classic Back To The Future. He has been successful writing for several genres, delivering both thunderous and adventurous music for The Mummy Returns, Volcano, Contact, Judge Dredd, Predator and so many others. His gift to write melodic and very rhythmic scores is simply outstanding. He can also go the soft and comedic way with scores like Grumpy Old Men and Father Of The Bride, you name it!
 
In his most recent effort Alan Silvestri is once again working with director Shawn Levy for the third installment of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb. This is very much an Alan Silvestri score. The first track “The Ahkmnerah Expedition” starts off with a nice theme and a style reminiscent of Silvestri's The Mummy Returns. His style and writing is simply unmistakable. Within an hour of running time, Silvestri takes you back not only to his melodic but also to his sensitive and exciting side. “Xiangliu” is a textbook example of Alan's massive talents. A four minute piece with great choral writing. “The Escher Fight” also stands out as a cool action cue. The composer nicely varies pace and structure of his music with quiet and peaceful moments and more action oriented moments.
 
It is a really fun album and a solid listening experience. If you happen to be an avid fan of the composer and are familiar with his style, then you will be absolutely entertained. Indeed, Alan does not reinvent himself with this score, but then again his many fans will say that he does not have to. The score even features a theme reminiscent of David Arnold's Independence Day and a touch of Chopin. Yes, he has delivered scores of this kind on multiple occasions, but Alan simply hasn't lost his touch. He surely is the kind of composer that can deliver in any genre and with this album he delivered a very solid score, which I think the composers' many fans will appreciate.