Men in Black II [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Men in Black II [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Danny Elfman

This Danny Elfman score also features Will Smith's chart-climbing rap hit, "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)."  See more details below


This Danny Elfman score also features Will Smith's chart-climbing rap hit, "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)."

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Much like his score for the first film, Danny Elfman's score for Men in Black II mixes the composer's innately twisted melodies and arrangements with allusions to classic spy themes and urban music (as a nod to the film's star, Will Smith). This time around, Elfman's compositions aren't quite as outlandish, serving more as a backdrop to the film's action than a musical commentary on it. Nevertheless, Lalo Schifrin-inspired pieces like "Headquarters," "Hunting for K," "Sleuthing," and "The Chase" convey the story's tension with quirky flair. A strong exotica influence also runs through the score, particularly on "Worm Lounge 1" and "Customs," a femme fatale theme for the evil Serleena that recalls "Martian Lounge," aka the Martian Spy Girl's theme from Mars Attacks! Since Men in Black II is also a love story, the score also features plenty of weirdly pretty, romantic pieces, such as the eerie flute and strings-driven "Heart Thump" and the majestic, bittersweet "The Light." While this is relatively mainstream work from Elfman, some weird twists and turns at the end make it slightly less straightforward than his Spider-Man score: "Titles Revisited," perhaps the score's most Elfman-esque composition, gives the film's title music a strange electronic makeover by setting it to a dance beat and inserting odd vocal and instrumental snippets, and "Worm Lounge 2" sounds like it's straight from an underground cabaret. Fans of the film will also be pleased to hear Frank Black's inimitable cover of "I Will Survive" and Smith's "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)"; though it's definitely catchy, it's just not as much fun as the original film's "Men in Black." Fortunately, though, the rest of Men in Black II is just as enjoyable as the score to Men in Black.

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Performance Credits

Danny Elfman   Primary Artist
Leslie King   Bass
Oji Pierce   Keyboards
Marc Mann   Choir Conductor,MIDI Manager
Will Smith   Vocals,Track Performer
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Louis Taylor   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Producer
Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
Steve Bartek   Orchestration
Rob Chiarelli   Producer
Greg Dennon   Engineer
Oji Pierce   Producer
John Rodd   Engineer
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Mark Sparks   Producer
Hooshik   Photo Manipulation
David Slonaker   Orchestration
Marc Mann   Orchestration
Pilar McCurry   Producer
Lia Vollack   Music Executive
Bill Abbott   Digital Editing
Edgardo Simone   Orchestration
William Smith   Producer
Adam Michalak   Engineer
J.J. Farris   Programming,String Arrangements
Ron Feemster   Producer
Greg Dennen   Engineer

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