John Ottman returns to follow up on his score to the first Fantastic Four movie and there are quite a few surprises in store for people expecting more of the same. The same, of course, would be one kick-ass rendition of the Fantastic Four Fanfare after another and a lot of quirky, intrically-laced lines for woodwinds, strings, and brass, with ample dynamic choral movements to keep the roller coaster alive. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer features less choir than its precedent, despite what its epic marketing campaign might lead you to assume. Ottman makes periodic use of synthesizers, creating a soundscape of warped bells and textures to bathe the music in the Surfer's otherworldliness. Finally, the Fantastic Four Fanfare is not a prominent player; Galactus' ominousness sucks the heroism out of major chunks of the score, but Ottman finds subtle ways to integrate the melody, sometimes in the bass line, sometimes buried in a quick string figure and sometimes, especially towards the end, as the inspiriting and fun call-to-arms it was designed to be.
The highlight of the score as a whole is the "Silver Surfer Theme" which is as close to perfection as a composer can get to representing the Silver Herald. It does the alien being as much justice as Ottman's original Fantastic Four theme did to Marvel's First Family. The middle portion of the score is surprisingly subtle, even sometimes introspective and minimal. The epic action sequences are a thing of the past; this score is about dread and foreboding, with a dash of hope sprinkled at the end. Be prepared to be wowed by the first track and surprised by the rest of the album as SoundtrackNet is proud to continue its Summer 2007 exclusive coverage with a track-by-track "first listen" experience of John Ottman's ominous score to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
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