X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by
ReleasedApril 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)[1]
RecordedMarch–April 2009
StudioNewman Scoring Stage,
Twentieth Century Fox Studios
GenreFilm score
LabelVarèse Sarabande
ProducerHarry Gregson-Williams
Harry Gregson-Williams chronology
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Taking of Pelham 123
X-Men soundtrack chronology
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: First Class

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the 2009 superhero film X-Men Origins: Wolverine directed by Gavin Hood, based on the Marvel Comics fictional character Wolverine and starred Hugh Jackman as the titular character. It is the fourth installment of the X-Men film series, the first installment of the Wolverine trilogy within the series, and a spin-off/prequel to X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003). The film's score composed and produced by Harry Gregson-Williams, released through the Varèse Sarabande record label, three days before the film. The score, however, received mixed reviews.


The film marked Gregson-Williams' first collaboration with Hood and his maiden score for a superhero feature. In a 2008 interview with Christopher Coleman of Tracksounds.com, Gregson-Williams said that he met Hood during the 63rd Golden Globe Awards in 2006, where they received their respective nominations: Best Original Score for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Best Foreign Language Film for Tsotsi, though not winning any. During their discussion at the dinner party held after the ceremony, they shared several discussions regarding music which led Hood attracted him to the project. He felt "delighted" when he received a call from Hood to collaborate for the film's music, which he agreed.[2]

In late March 2009, Jon Burlingame of Variety was at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox to listen and report on the recording of the score.[3] Gregson-Williams conducted "a 78-piece orchestra and a 40-voice choir (20 male, 20 female)" to achieve the sound.[3] At the time of his visit, Burlingame noted that the choir was singing "stanzas from an ancient Norse poem in Old Icelandic" to underscore what would be first track, "Logan Through Time."[3] Director Gavin Hood commented on Gregson-Williams' style, saying: "Harry's challenge is to give us operatic scale, but also keep it intimate and human. Harry's music has a kind of muscular confidence and strength that is very useful for the action, but he also has tremendous soul."[3] Hood also called the recording performance "frigging brilliant!"[3]

Track listing

1."Logan Through Time"04:16
2."Special Priviledges"01:58
3."Lagos, Nigeria"05:10
4."Wade Goes To Work"01:29
6."Victor Visits"02:05
8."Agent Zero Comes For Logan"03:06
9."Logan Meets Gambit"04:36
10."To The Island"03:43
12."The Towers Collapse"03:23
13."Memories Lost"02:56
14."...I'll Find My Own Way"01:24
Total length:45:22


Thomas Glorieux of Maintitles wrote "For rookies X-Men Origins: Wolverine will suffice, for die hard listeners it will not."[4] James Southall of Movie Wave wrote "If you don’t pay much attention to the music and just let it drift into your consciousness when it becomes a bit more interesting, then there are some moments on the album which are worthy of consideration – unfortunately it tends to be a few moments here and there rather than any complete pieces."[5] While Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter felt Gregson-Williams' score "drives the movie faster and faster",[6] Collider's Steve Weintraub criticized it as "awful" and it "smothers every emotion with music that thinks you're too stupid to know what to feel".[7]

Filmtracks.com wrote "Gregson-Williams' score is the kind of formulaic application of music to a substandard superhero action film that will most likely be dismissed by those outside of his loyal collecting group. That's a fair response, though this score is better than many to grace similarly underachieving films of the era. Approach with low expectations and you might be rewarded."[8] Jonathan Broxton commented "although none of the previous X-Men scores were truly outstanding, Gregson-Williams has the chops to deliver something a less conservative and predictable than a modern hybrid score that never really develops much beyond being just ‘OK’."[9] Mark Morton of AllMusic wrote "Gregson-Williams echoes the films' dramatic sequences with lush choir and orchestration, and accentuates the intense action scenes with suspenseful electronica."[10]


Credits adapted from CD liner notes:[11][12]



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  7. ^ Weintraub, Steve (April 30, 2009). "Review: X-MEN ORIGINS – WOLVERINE". Collider. Archived from the original on January 9, 2020. Retrieved August 30, 2023.
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  10. ^ Morton, Mark. "Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on April 4, 2023. Retrieved August 30, 2023.
  11. ^ "X-Men Origins: Wolverine (CD)". Varèse Sarabande. Archived from the original on September 30, 2020. Retrieved August 30, 2023.
  12. ^ "X-Men Origins – Wolverine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Credits". Allmusic. Archived from the original on September 23, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2009.