The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (soundtrack)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six[1]
Released April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22)
Recorded 2013–2014
Genre Film score, electropop, dance-pop, indie rock, R&B
Length 66:35 (Standard edition)
1:55:19 (Deluxe edition)
Label Columbia Records and Madison Gate Records[2]
Producer Hans Zimmer, Stephen Lipson, Pharrell Williams
Marvel Comics film series soundtrack chronology
Captain American: The Winter Soldier – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
(2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy
(2014)
Alternative cover
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  1. "It's On Again"
    Released: March 31, 2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic[3] 4/5 stars
Movie Wave[4] 4/5 stars
Filmtracks[5] 1/5 stars
KidzWorld[6] 4/5 stars
Soundtrack Geek[7] 7.8/10 stars

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the official soundtrack from the 2014 film of the same name composed by Hans Zimmer and a supergroup called The Magnificent Six, consisting of Pharrell Williams, Michael Einziger, Junkie XL, Johnny Marr, Andrew Kawczynzki and Steve Mazzaro.[1] It was released on April 22, 2014, through Columbia Records and Madison Gate Records.[2]

Release and promotion[edit]

Marc Webb, director of the film, revealed on July 20, 2013 that Zimmer would compose the music for the film, following James Horner, who composed the music for the first film. It was later revealed that they would be forming a supergroup with Pharrell Williams to compose the film's music.[1][8] Zimmer revealed the film's main theme on April 4, 2014, saying that the film's score would be different from his previous work.[9] The soundtrack was released on April 22 in two different versions.[2] The standard version includes a single disc with fourteen tracks of score from the film and six songs by other artists that were both used in and inspired by the film. The deluxe edition features two discs, with the first containing only the score, but with six additional tracks. The second disc includes four bonus score tracks, two of them character suites, as well as all of the non-score songs from the standard version, with two additional songs.

The soundtrack features a song called "It's On Again" performed by Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamar which serves as one of the film's main themes, as well as playing in the end credits.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "I'm Electro"  
  0:46
2. "There He Is"       1:53
3. "I'm Spider-Man"       1:00
4. "My Enemy"       8:04
5. "Ground Rules"       1:17
6. "Look at Me"       3:09
7. "You Need Me"       3:09
8. "So Much Anger"       2:09
9. "I Need to Know"       4:28
10. "Sum Total"       2:50
11. "I Chose You"       1:34
12. "We're Best Friends"       2:16
13. "Still Crazy"       2:42
14. "You're That Spider Guy"     Hans Zimmer 4:51
15. "It's On Again"  
Alicia Keys (featuring Kendrick Lamar) 3:50
16. "Song for Zula"  
  • Matthew Houck
Phosphorescent 6:09
17. "That's My Man"   Liz 3:47
18. "Here"  
Pharrell Williams 4:38
19. "Honest"  
  • Jesse James Rutherford
  • Zachary Abels
  • Jeremy Freedman
  • Michael Margott
The Neighbourhood 3:57
20. "Electro Remix"  
Alvin Risk and Zimmer 3:27
Total length:
66:35

Deluxe edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Electro"   0:46
2. "There He Is"   2:54
3. "I'm Spider-Man"   1:04
4. "My Enemy"   8:18
5. "Ground Rules"   1:12
6. "Look at Me"   3:10
7. "Special Project"   3:14
8. "You Need Me"   3:17
9. "So Much Anger"   2:12
10. "I'm Moving to England"   1:03
11. "I'm Goblin"   3:42
12. "Let Her Go"   0:33
13. "You're My Boy"   2:57
14. "I Need to Know"   5:00
15. "Sum Total"   2:51
16. "I Chose You"   1:34
17. "We're Best Friends"   2:17
18. "Still Crazy"   2:42
19. "The Rest of My Life"   2:28
20. "You're That Spider Guy"   5:29
Total length:
56:43

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 71
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 141
Irish Albums (IRMA)[14] 94
UK Compilation Albums (OCC)[15] 37
US Billboard 200[16] 112
US Top Soundtracks (Billboard)[16] 2

Critical response[edit]

Reviews of the score were mostly positive, while still attracting criticism. AllMusic gave the score four stars out of five, saying "the soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 echoes the sequel's frenetic, slick, and streamlined action, offering up 14 instrumental pieces and six non-score-related songs that dutifully reflect the measured and meticulous, corporate tie-in sensibilities of the traditional summer blockbuster while still managing to march to the beat of their own very loud drum."[17]

Movie Wave gave the score four stars, writing "If you'd said to me while I was first listening to The Amazing Spider-Man back in 2012 (and writing about how much I hoped it might mark a return to a more traditional approach in general to these films) that two years later the sequel would come out and be scored by Hans Zimmer with dubstep, I'd probably have punched you in the face (well, if I weren't the world's most mild-mannered individual, anyway). I guess others will feel the same way. But open your mind to it: it's dazzling stuff."[18] However, Filmtracks gave it one star out of five, heavily criticizing Zimmer's approach, judging "it is painful to hear a composer strive to innovate and yet miss the mark so badly on something so basic as the heart of the primary character." He compared the score with the predecessors in the Spider-Man franchise, writing that Danny Elfman's and James Horner's scores better "enunciate[d] the main character's emotions" with "highly effective themes for the title character and wrapped them in a tasteful blend of symphonic heart and synthetic intrigue", while the soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is yet another score with the typical "'Zimmeresque' sensibilities, including brooding basslines, minor-third perpetuity, electronic elements in front of symphonic ones, simple thematic statements without counterpoint, limited shifts to the major key, lower choral depth, and long lines of ambient background sounds. In other words, yet another superhero comes to Zimmer rather than Zimmer addressing the actual character needs of the superhero."[19]

KidzWorld gave it four stars out of five, opining "The Amazing Spider-Man had a soundtrack jam-packed full of gorgeous symphonic style melodies, so expectations were high for many Marvel fans when it came to the soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Composer Hans Zimmer [has] created an incredibly different musical landscape for the movie, and it is just as surprising and interesting as the first soundtrack."[20] Soundtrack Geeks gave the soundtrack 7 1/2 stars out of ten, feeling "All is not totally new territory for Zimmer. There's strong hints of earlier scores like Inception in cues like 'I Need To Know', but it is Zimmer after all, and rarely do we hear a score form him that's totally void of earlier Zimmerisms. I absolutely love this cue. 'You’re That Spider Guy' must be the ending theme or something because it feels like that kind of cue. It's got a little bit of everything and a new way to do the main Spidey theme."[21]

Songs not included on the album[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' To Include 'It's On Again' by Alicia Keys... - NEW YORK, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
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  4. ^ "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack review | Hans Zimmer". movie-wave.net. 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  5. ^ "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Hans Zimmer/Various)". Filmtracks. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  6. ^ "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack Review". Kidzworld.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  7. ^ Jørn Tillnes (2014-04-28). "Soundtrack Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | Soundtrack Geek V2". Soundtrackgeek.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  8. ^ "Pharrell Talks eBay Collab, Beyonce's Album, Scoring the 'Spider-Man' Sequel and More". Billboard. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Hans Zimmer's 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Theme Revealed?". Screenrant.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Twitter / aliciakeys: "It's On Again" w/ me". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  11. ^ "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Edition]". iTunes. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 28 April 2014 (PDF) (1261). Pandora Archive. May 17, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Soundtrack / Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six feat. Pharrell Williams and Johnny Marr – {{{album}}}" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  14. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  15. ^ "2014-04-26 Top 40 Compilation Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
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