Batman Returns [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Batman Returns [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Danny Elfman
     
 

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Considering that Batman Returns is an expensive sequel to a blockbuster hit, you might be forgiven for expecting the music (and this album) to completely echo the first movie. Not so -- but then, the sequel hares off in quite a few new directions compared to the first movie. Some credit has been given Tim Burton's complete controlSee more details below

Overview

Considering that Batman Returns is an expensive sequel to a blockbuster hit, you might be forgiven for expecting the music (and this album) to completely echo the first movie. Not so -- but then, the sequel hares off in quite a few new directions compared to the first movie. Some credit has been given Tim Burton's complete control over this movie. Rather than leaning on rescored and rehashed cues from the first movie, Elfman has instead fashioned a score that consists mainly of new themes and material. The Batman theme is there, of course, larger than life and twice as heroic, but there are additional themes to help define the Penguin, Catwoman and Max Shreck. Both the Penguin and Catwoman themes are of note -- the Penguin, abandoned as a child, is graced with a musical theme that reflects childhood. However, this is childhood seen in a broken mirror. While the use of choral material reflects childhood (much as the choral material did in Edward Scissorhands) it's a dark, warped childhood that's grown into a monstrous evil. The Penguin, as depicted, has never had the capacity for good -- we see him as a monster within, if as an accident of his warped birth, as well as a monster without. Elfman's theme reflects this with an amazing subtlety, opening both the film and the album in an effectively chilling manner before we hear the first blast of the Batman theme. The Catwoman theme, on the other hand, is almost unstructured and does an amazing job of reflecting the nature of an alley cat without resorting to all the cliches. Built on sliding high strings, the theme is sinuous, sexy, chilling and filled with prowling menace, prone to tempo changes without warning. The effect is stunning, musically and emotionally. The entire album is musically fascinating, representing a major step forward for Elfman, who's turning out to be one of the best composers to come into the film score arena in the past ten years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1992
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992697224
catalogNumber:
26972

Tracks

  1. Birth of a Penguin  - Danny Elfman
  2. Birth of a Penguin  - Danny Elfman
  3. The Lair  - Danny Elfman
  4. The Lair  - Danny Elfman
  5. Selina Transforms  - Danny Elfman
  6. Selina Transforms  - Danny Elfman
  7. The Cemetery  - Danny Elfman
  8. Cat Suite  - Danny Elfman
  9. Batman Vs. The Circus  - Danny Elfman
  10. The Rise and Fall from Grace  - Danny Elfman
  11. Rise and Fall from Grace  - Danny Elfman
  12. Sore Spots  - Danny Elfman
  13. Rooftops/Wild Ride  - Danny Elfman
  14. Rooftops/Wild Ride  - Danny Elfman
  15. The Children's Hour  - Danny Elfman
  16. The Final Confrontation  - Danny Elfman
  17. The Final Confrontation  - Danny Elfman
  18. The Finale  - Danny Elfman
  19. The Finale  - Danny Elfman
  20. End Credits  - Danny Elfman
  21. Face to Face  -  Siouxsie and the Banshees

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