Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullStarting out excitingly (if predictably) with “Raiders March” – one of the most recognizable score pieces in the history of cinema, John Williams’ latest Indiana Jones score starts out hitting all the right notes. Discussing the piece in the liner notes director Steven Spielberg says, “That piece of music has grown instantly familiar, probably along with the Jaws theme, in creating a thrill or chill out of the thin air on which music travels. And that is the John Williams legacy of which I am his most grateful beneficiary.” If Spielberg is a grateful beneficiary, then consider those of us listening at home doubly grateful as Williams has concocted another memorably familiar batch of score music for the latest Indy adventures.

When it comes to score work like this there’s not much that the average reviewer can say. Williams has provided us with unsurpassed movie memorabilia and here he manages to tie in the old with the almost two decades later new. With whimsical tracks like “The Adventures of Mutt” and “A Whirl Through Academe” playing out alongside mysterious tracks like “The Spell of the Skull” (which mixes in some of “Raider’s March”) and darkly string-laden tracks like “Irina’s Theme” there’s a bit of everything, though it all easily ties together with the image of a fedora and a whip.

Things get interesting in the final third as some native sentiments get mixed in with drumming bits in “Grave Robbers” though the “Raiders March” bit is back again a few trakcs later in “Secret Doors and Scorpions.” The final track, aptly named “Finale,” is a nine minute epic that aptly blends in bits and pieces of everything from the rest of the album as well as a few new bits. It would be easy to cry “yay” or “nay” on this album, but much like the movie itself, there are diehard fans who are going to check it out no matter what. Luckily, this score is worth checking out, whether it’s your first John Williams or just an addition to your already Williams-laden collection.

Zach’s Rating: A
Perfect For: Duh. Indy fans
Stay Away if: You don’t want to hear that dum-duh-dum-dum theme again
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