Soundtrack Review: “Black Panther” Original Score

First of all, I have to say that I’m loving Phase Three of the MCU. Civil War exceeded all of my expectations and every film since has been so much fun to watch. The latest installment, Black Panther is no exception. The movie and the score soundtrack enhance the overall MCU but could also be complete stand-alone stories just as they are.

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From the first track on the album, the sound is very rhythmic and infused with incredible bass lines. Composer Ludwig Göransson has been a long time collaborator with director Ryan Coogler, having also worked on Fruitvale Station and Creed. Coincidentally, Michael B. Jordan is also in those films meaning that Göransson has created music for three of his characters. Also of interest, Göransson recently sat down with Genius to share his process for developing the sound of Black Panther’s score that will make you further appreciate what he was able to create:

Black Panther’s score itself tells a story — even more so than any other film in the MCU — in part because of its composer but also because of the nature of African cultures. Music is a way to communicate and that clearly come across with this soundtrack. It’s an intense and “cool” score that feels very complete. My favorite song is “Wakanda” which starts out with vocalization, much like The Lion King’s “Circle of Life.” This is our introduction to the country and people and you are instantly transported there. The music is passionate, the singing is emotive, and the momentum continues to build.

Speaking of building momentum, “Casino Brawl” puts you right in the middle of the action and holds your attention. You can actually feel the intensity of the situation that the characters are in. The song starts out low and swells to a rapid and heart-pounding rhythm that really made it stand out in my mind.

Overall, the score for Black Panther is easily one of Marvel’s best and is remarkably unique. It should also be noted that this soundtrack is separate from Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther: The Album. However, if you loved the movie as much as I did, you can’t go wrong with either collection.