I love Kamen - great composer, no doubt. But I feel this is one of his weakest scores, and I thought Powell later fleshed out the orchestra a lot more than Kamen originally did. Kamen's score is almost too subdued and doesn't feature enough personality.
I love Kamen - great composer, no doubt. But I feel this is one of his weakest scores,
Weak or not I still want it ...I think weak can be good in a way as well ...I would not want it to be over powering. I think it suits the movie and colors to the movie and gives it a metallic atmosphere.
And the artwork for the official release is just perfect with silver and kind of a silver sound.
Its not his strongest score - it sounds very "thin" - but theres some lovely moments, particularly the final showdown between the team and Magneto and the beautiful Logan & Rogue theme (which has a choir synth dub over the film mix).
I love this score; Especially the opening cue is very effective (I even think it got re-used for the opening of First Class?), also love the eerie synth effects for Mystique and the ruff string hits for Magneto. The album has a handful of excellent standout cues aside from the great opening; 'Mutant School' (Dead zone revisited), 'The X-Jet', 'Logan and Rogue',... Would love to have this complete. And to me this score has more personality than any of the sequels or First Class put together; Those scores are heavy on orchestration but 'thin' on themes (IMO).
To be fair, Kamen was suffering from multiple sclerosis (which would eventually lead to his passing three years later) when doing the score. The work on doing such a big score may have been too painful for him to fully accomplish (and why there was additional work by John Powell and Klaus Badelt in the process) and why his final scores were for lighter fare.