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The best parts of the score are those that do so well presenting Hans Zimmer's excellent themes. As I've already mentioned, the first four minutes are extraordinary, as I love Harry Gregson-Williams' take on the main theme of the score. Once the more popular action theme enters though, the music begins to veer in all sorts of different directions, with no regard for what it was trying to accomplish just seconds before some drastic changes are presented. Because of faults like this, the score simply cannot be listened to and thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. Most soundtrack listeners can only be in the mood for different bits and pieces of the music at different times. The biggest and best example of this within the score is the transition from "Rocket Away", with it's large orchestral action segment, to "Fort Walton - Kansas", with it's miniscule and cheery light-rock sound.
To put it bluntly, I don't like Nick Glennie-Smith's music much at all. He has always been Zimmer's weakest protege musically, and since he has made the largest contribution to this score, it is hard for me not to dislike large portions of the music. All I know for sure is that the first track is very good, and I believe it was done by Harry Gregson-Williams, so it is not much of a surprise that I like it since Harry is my second-favorite Media Ventures composer. The softer tracks are the only ones that aren't highly grating to the ears, and though I complained about the transition from tracks 6 to 7, I can say that the likes of "Jade" and "Fort Walton - Kansas" are pretty fun to hear on their own, without the loudness surrounding them. They both present warm, soft themes that can be appreciated by people who are fans of Media Ventures or not.
Now that it looks bad, I'm going to shock you by saying this, but I'm actually going to have to recommend this CD. I wouldn't buy it again, and you shouldn't get it at full price, but if you can buy the disc used, it is easily recommendable for the awesome first track and the few moments of softness in other parts, even though much, if not most, of it will give you a headache.