Soundtrack Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composer: Alan Silvestri
Running Time: 73 min.
Released: 2011



Captain America: The First Avenger is quite simply one of the greatest superhero films ever made. And it owes its greatness, at least in part, to the magnificent score that accompanies it. Crafted by veteran composer Alan Silvestri, it is beyond excellent: it is a score for the ages. Grand, fresh, exciting, and rousingly patriotic, it matches the high-spirited adventure of the movie with precision and breathtaking grandeur.

The album gets off to a subdued start with Main Titles, which gives us a small taste of the titular character’s theme:  just enough to whet the appetite and no more. The pace quickens with Training the Supersoldier, a short but impressive cue that coincides when the bootcamp training sequences in the film. Howling Commando’s Montage is purely thrilling, followed closely by the equally exciting Hydra Train and Motorcycle Mayhem.  “This Is My Choice” and Passage of Time are lovely pieces marked by a sense of tragedy and loss, and ultimately, hope. Everything comes to a satisfying close with the Captain America March, which fleshes out the main theme in all it’s patriotic glory – I do not lie when I say this piece is every bit as memorable as John Williams’ work for Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The album also includes a pleasant, 40s-styled ditty entitled Star Spangled Man. It differs greatly from Silvestri’s score, but it’s catchy and plenty fun to listen to all the same.

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3 thoughts on “Soundtrack Review: Captain America: The First Avenger”

  1. I can’t remember the last time I bought an album! And your review may change my predicament. Then again, I have a built-in musician in the house. I could save my money and buy chocolate instead (and share it with my built-in musician!). :-)

      1. What an idea! And if there’s no sheet music, you can give him the music and he can whip it up! And then play it. But it’ll cost ya! ;-)

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