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The Musketeer
Rousing and fun. - Isaac Engelhorn (9/28/2001)
Track List:
  1. Main Title
  2. I Will Find Him
  3. Fight Inn
  4. D'Artagnan and Francesca
  5. Jailhouse Ruck
  6. Mansion Impossible
  7. The Riot Begins
  8. Coach Chase
  9. Down by the River
  10. Prepare Duschamp for Hell
  11. Ride to Paris
  12. Febre
  13. All for One
  14. The Charge
  15. Scaling the Tower
  16. Ladder Fight
  17. Ceremony

Total Time: (49:32)

Composed by:
David Arnold

Orchestrated by:
Nicholas Dodd

Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Y'know, I don't think that there's one David Arnold action score out there that isn't at least partially charming. Before I got this CD, I'd read reviews about it claiming that it lacked cohesion and seemed rather pointless. I must say I disagree. While it's not on the level of something like Stargate or ID4, it's very enjoyable. Plus, as with just about any Arnold score you can name, it has an incredibly enthusiastic and joyous main theme. Some have made the comment on how much the main title sounds like the main title from Williams' Superman, but I'm not hearing that much of a similarity, other than the fact that both are rather grand entrances for the films they support.

After reading those negative reviews mentioned earlier, I was kind of expecting another Wing Commander, but once I listened to it, I wondered why so many people though that this was so mediocre. It's not. Not at all. I can understand what most people mean when they claim it to lack cohesion, as there is basically one action-packed cue after another throughout the disc, with little time for calmness. There are calmer tracks though, like the second one, even though they are few and far between. If there is one flaw that really irks me, it is the fact that Arnold uses only the main theme to support everything. While the theme does a good job doubling up on fast and slow music (like the theme from Stargate), it is not used too much here, but it is really the only good theme in the score. The rest is not thematic, but more like simple orchestration.

I personally would find it difficult not to like this. I know that Arnold fans have been looking forward to it for some time, and the wait was mostly worth it. I say mostly because it can be a little hard to get into if you're not a fan of Arnold's previous work. Therefore, I think that if you don't own any other Arnold score (though that seems unlikely if you are a film music fan), I would suggest getting another Arnold score first, and waiting to get this.

While it does lack the cohesion of previous efforts, this score still belongs on the shelves of Arnold fans. It's got plently of rip-roaring action with a little bit of soft stuff just to keep everyone happy. I haven't seen the film and I'm not sure I'm going to, but you really don't need to see it to appreciate this music.


The Musketeer is Copyright 2001. Produced by David Arnold. Executive producers: Kathy Nelson and Harry Garfield. This review is written by and is the property of Isaac Engelhorn and does not reflect the opinions of Tripod.