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X-Men: The Last Stand – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by
ReleasedMay 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)
GenreSoundtrack
Length61:27
LabelVarèse Sarabande
Fox Music
ProducerJohn Powell
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X-Men: The Last Stand – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was composed by John Powell and released on May 23, 2006 by Varèse Sarabande and Fox Music. X-Men: The Last Stand was the third film in the series, and Powell was the third composer used following Michael Kamen and John Ottman.

X-Men: The Last Stand – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has received generally positive reviews.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]
ScoreNotes[2]
Tracksounds[3]
Scorereviews.com[4]
Filmtracks[5]
Soundtrack.Net[6]

Style

The film's director Brett Ratner invited John Powell to write the music for being a fan of Powell's work in The Bourne Identity. Powell included references to the score from the previous two films - "it all had to be in the same family, and the same language" - and used lyrics from Benjamin Britten's Requiem Mass for the choir parts.[7]

Powell deviated from the first two in that he created less a set of individual cues and more of a cohesive sound throughout. Most of the 27 tracks are short, with the exception of a few extended battle sequence cues. The second track "Bathroom Titles" is an explosion of violent percussion in the form of Danny Elfman's Planet of the Apes soundtrack. Actually, Powell's style is a noticeable mixture of Elfman and John Williams (especially their Spider-Man and Superman soundtracks, respectively).

Orchestration

Powell had a 141 musicians of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at his disposal, and he did not waste them. Despite drawing similarities to other composers (like Danny Elfman and John Williams), soundtrack reviewer and talk show host Clark Douglas stated that Powell diverted from "recent action scores which force the orchestra to play second string to the synthetic elements (such as Klaus Badelt's "Poseidon")... [and instead] fully utilizes the elements at his disposal." Douglas went on to say that the orchestra is best used during the "final third" of the score.

Track listing

All music is composed by John Powell

No.TitleLength
1."20 Years Ago"1:10
2."Bathroom Titles"1:09
3."The Church of Magneto/Raven Is My Slave Name"2:40
4."Meet Leech, Then Off To the Lake"2:37
5."Whirlpool of Love"2:04
6."Examining Jean"1:12
7."Dark Phoenix"1:28
8."Angel's Cure"2:34
9."Jean and Logan"1:39
10."Dark Phoenix Awakes"1:45
11."Rejection Is Never Easy"1:09
12."Magneto Plots"2:05
13."Entering the House"1:18
14."Dark Phoenix's Tragedy"3:18
15."Farewell to X"0:30
16."The Funeral"2:52
17."Skating On the Pond"1:12
18."Cure Wars"2:57
19."Fight in the Woods"3:06
20."St Lupus Day"3:03
21."Building Bridges"1:16
22."Shock and No Oars"1:15
23."Attack on Alcatraz"4:36
24."Massacre"0:31
25."The Battle of the Cure"4:20
26."Phoenix Rises"4:21
27."The Last Stand"5:29
Total length:61:27

Chart positions

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard Top Soundtracks[8] 14

References

  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "X-Men The Last Stand [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - John Powell". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. ^ "X-Men: The Last Stand (Soundtrack Review)". ScoreNotes. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ Coleman, Christopher. "X-Men: The Last Stand (Soundtrack) by John Powell". Tracksounds. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  4. ^ Lindahl, Andreas. "X-Men III: The Last Stand (John Powell) soundtrack review". Scorereviews.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  5. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (9 June 2006). "X-Men: The Last Stand (John Powell)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  6. ^ Brennan, Mike (25 May 2006). "X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Soundtrack". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  7. ^ "An Interview with John Powell". ScoreNotes. November 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Billboard Chart Archives - Soundtracks: Jun 10, 2006". Billboard. Retrieved 24 June 2013.