Mirrormask [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Dave McKean's MirrorMask, a film developed through the Jim Henson Company, is an elaborate fantasy that has been likened to a 21st century version of The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland in the sense that it follows a girl into a strange world, albeit a darker one than those depicted in such children's books. McKean imagined an extremely diverse background score. "I wanted the film to sound like everywhere and nowhere," he writes in the liner notes to the soundtrack album. And he has gotten it in the first such effort by jazz saxophonist Iain Ballamy, who, for his part, claims with justification to have created "a unique and eclectic soundtrack." Eclectic ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Dave McKean's MirrorMask, a film developed through the Jim Henson Company, is an elaborate fantasy that has been likened to a 21st century version of The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland in the sense that it follows a girl into a strange world, albeit a darker one than those depicted in such children's books. McKean imagined an extremely diverse background score. "I wanted the film to sound like everywhere and nowhere," he writes in the liner notes to the soundtrack album. And he has gotten it in the first such effort by jazz saxophonist Iain Ballamy, who, for his part, claims with justification to have created "a unique and eclectic soundtrack." Eclectic it certainly is. One minute an accordion is playing circus music in keeping with the opening setting in a circus. Soon after, Eastern European music reminiscent of Kurt Weill and later Tom Waits appears, then a complex, fast-paced classical composition that sounds like something Frank Zappa would come up with "Rabbit Band". There are eerie passages that sound orchestral although much of the music is programmed rather than played, and here and there the Scandinavian singer Josefine Cronholm turns up, notably in an odd-sounding, multi-tracked cover of the old Carpenters hit "Close to You." This is a long soundtrack album, running more than 74 minutes and including 30 cues, and, without reference to the film, it sounds like a lot of different soundtrack albums patched together. But maybe that's just a way of saying that the director got what he wanted.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • UPC: 826924103128
  • Catalog Number: 1031

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iain Ballamy Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wood Flute
Kálmán Balogh Cimbalom
Chris Batchelor Trumpet
Martin France Drums
David Powell Tuba
Ashley Slater Trombone, Vocals
John Parricelli Guitar
Stuart Hall Banjo, Violin
Josefine Cronholm Vocals
Stian Carstensen Accordion
Arve Henriksen Trumpet, Vocals
Neil Percy Percussion
Matthew Sharp Cello
Igor Outkine Accordion
Martin Sharp Cello
Trifon Trifanov Alto Saxophone
Dave Powell Tuba
Technical Credits
Iain Ballamy Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Burt Bacharach Composer
Hal David Composer
Ashley Slater Arranger, Programming, Producer, Audio Production, Engineering
Ford A. Thaxton Producer
Dave McKean Composer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
Michael V. Gerhard Executive Producer
Matt Verboys Executive Producer
Neil Gaiman Composer
Chris Lewis Engineering
Jeremy Cox Engineering
Michael Polis Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sweet

    besides the movie being great the soundtrack to the movie is sweet, awsome music its something else.

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    Posted January 28, 2009

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