Shazam! (soundtrack)

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Shazam! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Shazam! soundtrack cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) (digital)
May 10, 2019 (2019-05-10) (physical)
Recorded2019
StudioAIR Lyndhurst Studios, London
GenreSoundtrack
Length1:13:13
LabelWaterTower Music
ProducerBenjamin Wallfisch
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Shazam! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack to the film of the same name composed by Benjamin Wallfisch. It was released on April 5, 2019 by WaterTower Music with the physical edition being released later on May 10, 2019.[1]

Background[edit]

On July 21, 2018, Benjamin Wallfisch was announced as the composer for Shazam. The film marks the third collaboration between Wallfisch and director David F. Sandberg having scored his debut film Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation.[2] For the score of Shazam, Sandberg and Wallfisch leaned into the territory of old-school fun adventure movies, taking inspiration from the scores of the 1970s and 1980s, specifically that of Superman by John Williams and Back to the Future by Alan Silvestri. Sandberg noted "that many modern scores have moved away from such traditional music" and as such made the score a fitting homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood.[3]

Wallfisch noted that the film's story had that "kind of tenderness at the heart of the story" and a sense of "optimism for the future". From there, he crafted several themes – Sivana's theme, the Wizard theme, the music for the Seven Deadly Sins, the family theme and Shazam’s themes which comprises of a Hero theme and a Transformation theme and worked around creating a melodic soundscape, balancing between the comedy and adventure aspects. For the film's villain, Dr. Sivana. Wallfisch opted for a minimalist approach utilising only low male choir, extended bass woodwinds and brass.[4][5][6]

The score was recorded at AIR Lyndhurst Studios in Hampstead, London with the Chamber Orchestra of London consisting of a 140-piece orchestra and was conducted by Wallfisch and Chris Egan.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Benjamin Wallfisch.

No.TitleLength
1."Shazam!"3:59
2."The Consul of Wizards"3:01
3."Seeking Spell"2:33
4."Compass"3:26
5."Seven Symbols"4:17
6."The Rock of Eternity"4:17
7."Subway Chase"0:45
8."It's You or No One"4:59
9."Dude, You're Stacked"1:18
10."This Is Power"2:32
11."Bus Rescue"2:29
12."You're Like a Bad Guy, Right?"1:16
13."Them's Street Rules"0:48
14."Superman It"0:55
15."Super Villain"1:39
16."You Might Need It More Than Me"5:38
17."Come Home Billy"3:02
18."Give Me Your Power"1:41
19."His Name Is"2:46
20."Sentimental Nonsense"1:54
21."Run!"2:13
22."Play Time's Over"1:48
23."All Hands on Deck"2:05
24."I Can Fly!"2:14
25."Fight Flight"3:31
26."Finale"4:11
27."We've Got a Lair"1:31
28."I'm Home"0:53
29."I Name the Gods"1:32
Total length:1:13:13

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Shazam!" Soundtrack details". WaterTower Music. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "'Shazam!' Soundtrack Details". Film Music Reporter. March 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Burlingame, Jon (April 4, 2019). "Composer Benjamin Wallfisch Scores High in Versatility With 'Hellboy,' 'Hostile,' 'Shazam!'". Variety. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Burton, Byron (April 9, 2019). "How 'Shazam!' Score Took Inspiration From 'Superman'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Beedle, Tim (April 19, 2019). "Benjamin Wallfisch Sets Shazam!'s Magic to Music". DC Comics. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Desowitz, Bill (April 23, 2019). "How the Composer of 'Shazam!' Could Be the Heir to Zimmer and Williams". Indiewire. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Recording of "Shazam!" with Benjamin Wallfisch". Twitter. January 29, 2019. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.

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