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Predator 2 (soundtrack)

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An album by Original Soundtrack/Alan Silvestri

Composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri. Composer: Alan Silvestri. Audio Mixer: Dennis Sands. Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA. Editors: Jacqueline Tager; Kenneth Karman. Unknown Contributor Roles: Bob Edwards; Tom Null; Skywalker … see full wiki

1 review about Predator 2 (soundtrack)


  • Apr 15, 2008
Pros: Love the drums and chorus - works so well for the Predator.

Cons: Most of the tracks are very quiet and not memorable.

The Bottom Line: Ok, so this CD isn't as good as an authentic 1715 revolver, but it'll have to do.

Oftentimes I find myself watching a movie and one particular piece of music will strike me. When I want to hear it again, there are few places for me to turn to but the soundtrack. And what better to check out anyway? There are always those occasional tidbits of music you never caught the first time around because you were too caught up watching the movie.

Predator 2 was one of those movies. I was at the end, Danny Glover surrounded by predator aliens, with that heavy duty tribal-style music going. And to my surprise, who do I find out is doing the music? Alan Silvestri, responsible for soundtracks like The Polar Express and Van Helsing. For some reason, I keep thinking of Back to the Future 2…er, and I’ve just looked it up and what do you know? Silvestri did that one too. Fantastic.

It’s the sharp string use here that gives the music its Predator edge. Oh, trust me, the horns and drums have a hand in it too, but just the way he gets the strings to be so prickly is what makes it all work (as the horns and drum style – not melody, style) is what makes me think of Back to the Future 2.

With 11 tracks at a total of about 45 minutes (wow, that’s pretty short), much of what you’ll hear is the same in terms of style and sound. Think back to the movie just for a second. Remember? Ok, that’s exactly what you’re going to get. No big surprises here folks.

1.) Main Title – 2:46 A mix of the main Predator theme with some fast beating drums. Short n’sweet.

2.) First Carnage – 2:34 Dark and foreboding, easy to miss out on if you’re not paying attention.

3.) Tunnel Chase – 4:53 Now here we get more of the Predator style, faster and a lot more deadly. It’s got a bit of a march to it and a few quiet, lurking parts in between.

4.) Truly Dead – 4:58 Very quiet for much of the time, lying in wait within the shadows, a few drums here and there. Eventually the tribal drums start to pick up from what you may remember from the first Predator, along with some echoing vocals. Watch yourself – he may be right around the corner...

5.) Danny Gets It – 3:18 More near silence, with only a few brief and faint rises here and there. He’s still lurking around somewhere...

6.) Rest In Pieces – 1:35 Who remembers that lonesome trumpet at the end of the first movie? It’s back, triumphant, but still sad. But watch your volume! Before you even reach 1 minute, a sharp and loud interruption bursts in. Here’s my exact reaction upon my first listen, "Oh hey, I remember this song from the end of the first Predator… HOLY CRAP! That scared #$@! outta me!"

7.) El Scorpio – 2:42 Fluctuating between predator hunting music and “Oh my God where is that thing?” music, there are plenty of ghostly voices and drums of voodoo magic.

8.) This Is History – 6:28 Most of this track is low like the others, creeping around, trying to stay as silent as possible to as to avoid detection by a certain kick-ass alien, rising up only near the end with main theme goodness.

9.) Swinging Rude Boys – 2:40 With an outworldish start and racing drums, things dive deep below the city into the depths of the Predator’s home base. Drums eventually pick up again, only to fade off at the end.

10.) Dem Bones – 4:28 Definitely the best track on the CD, it takes a little bit of time to wind up, but once it gets there, it breaks out into full Predator mode, main theme complete with chorus and heart-racing drums. What else could you ask for in a predator-prey fight? The strings get to come back as well, winding up and down throughout the meatiest parts until the end comes.

11.) End Title – 8:46 Encompassing pretty much all of the best aspects of the movie music, complete with full embellishment of the main title with sweeping orchestra. Second best track on here since it’s got all the goodies, Dem Bones included.

While this soundtrack can be fun, I find myself always skipping straight to Dem Bones and the End Title. The rest of the tracks are just too quiet and without enough music to entertain me. Don’t get me wrong, it works perfectly for the film, but in terms of standalone listening, it just can’t stand up well on its own. Silvestri does exactly what he needs to do for the film, and for that it’s five star material. However, the soundtrack isn’t really worth buying. If you want to enjoy the music, download either the final two tracks or hey, just go watch the movie. That’s always a great time.

(And yes, in case you never noticed, that is an Alien skull on the wall. Oh dem bones!)



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Predator 2
Label: Varese (Japan)
Release Date: December 11, 1990

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