X-2: X-Men United

X-2: X-Men United

3.8 6
by John Ottman

John Ottman (The Usual Suspects) provides a heart-racing, action-packed score for the blockbuster sequel, X-2: X-Men United.  See more details below


John Ottman (The Usual Suspects) provides a heart-racing, action-packed score for the blockbuster sequel, X-2: X-Men United.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
John Ottman's score for X2 is a fairly traditional piece of film music, with soaring strings and choral vocals, anthemic brass and intense percussion. While pieces such as the serene "Finding Faith" and the tense, slow-burning "Mansion Attack" might be somewhat predictable, they're nevertheless effective and dignified, which is more than can be said of some of the scores from 2003's summer blockbusters. And, despite their somewhat cheesy names, tracks like "Storm's Perfect Storm," "Sneaky Mystique," and "Rogue Earns Her Wings" do manage to convey the X-Men characters through music (although fans might be disappointed by the spoiler in "Death Strikes Deathstryke"'s title). Other highlights include the album's opening suite, the climactic "Goodbye," and the bittersweet finale, "We're Here to Stay." It's not the most inspired score, but Ottman's music more than serves its purpose, and fans who enjoyed the music in the movie will most likely appreciate this album as well.

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  1. Suite From X2
  2. Storm's Perfect Storm
  3. Finding Faith
  4. Sneaky Mystique
  5. Cerebro
  6. Mansion Attack
  7. Rogue Earns Her Wings
  8. It's Time
  9. Magneto's Old Tricks
  10. I'm In
  11. If You Really Knew
  12. Playing With Fire
  13. Death Strikes Deathstryke
  14. Getting Out Alive
  15. Goodbye
  16. We're Here To Stay

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Ottman   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Sid Page   Violin
Richard Todd   French Horn
Robert Adcock   Cello
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Eric Anderson   Piano,Celeste
Phil Ayling   Oboe
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Marissa Benedict   Trumpet
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Darius Campo   Violin
Carole Castillo   Viola
Larry Corbett   Cello,Viola
Wade Culbreath   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Richard Feves   Bass
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Susan Greenberg   Flute
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Randy Kerber   Piano,Celeste
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Michael Markman   Violin
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Edward Meares   Bass
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Maria Newman   Viola
Simon Oswell   Viola
Bobbi Page   Choir Master
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Katia Popov   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Bart Samolis   Bass
Bob Schmidtke   Bassoon
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
John Scanlon   Viola
Ann Atkinson   Bass
Elenore Choate   Harp
Michael Ferril   Violin
Peter Limonick   Timpani
David Riddles   Bassoon
Christina Soule   Cello
David Ewart   Violin
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Julie Rogers   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Damon Intrabartolo   Conductor
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Andrew Picken   Viola
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Shawn Mann   Viola
Sara Parkins   Violin
Robert Sanders   Trombone
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Gil Romero   Violin
Emily Bernstein   Clarinet
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Horia Moroaica   Violin
David Mergen   Cello
Pat Johnson   Violin
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Phillip Teele   Trombone
X2 Musicians   Performing Ensemble
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
X2 Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Phillip Levy   Violin
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Louise di Tullio   Flute
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Charles Boito   Clarinet
M.B. Gordy   Percussion
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Frank Macchia   Orchestration
John Rodd   Engineering
Bill Talbott   Engineer
Tom Steel   Stage Crew
Dave Collins   Mastering
Casey Stone   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Tom Cavanaugh   Music Business Affairs
Damon Intrabartolo   Score Orchestration,Score Conductor
Michael Knobloch   Score Supervisor
John Ottman   Composer,Score Orchestration
Andre Pierre   Orchestration
Damon Tedesco   Stage Crew
Christine Bergren   Music Business Affairs
Traci Dallas Opdahl   Music Business Affairs

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X-2: X-Men United 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
X-2 is the coolest movie. I just saw it right after school let out. It was more amazing than the first one. The music selection for the movie couldn't have been better. I haven't bought the CD yet, but by judging the movie and the background music, the soundtrack is gonna ROCK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Within the first few seconds of Bryan Singer's "X2", we hear a fast-paced, pulse-pounding theme that gets our hearts pumping and prepares us for the thrill-ride ahead. Only one problem... Where the hell is that theme for the rest of the score? John Ottman, a regular composer for Singer's films, offers a very adventurous theme that matches the tone of the movie, but aside from the first few seconds of the movie and the first minute of the end credits, Ottman provides a very generic, basic score. He also was the film's editor, and actually did a fantastic job with it. Although, I think he really should've just stuck with the editing, or use that theme a lot more...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music in this film was very awesome! As soon as i heard the opening scene white house chase music, i knew it was Mozart's work! The rest of the music was very good and fit in with the scenes they were put to. A must have soundtrack!
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Ottman'score for X-Men 2 is...standard fare. The first track, "Suite from X2" is BRILLIANT! The music cracks along for the first minute and a half, then slides into more subtle elegaic territory, before repeating the opening minute's theme at the end of the track. However, the rest of the score fails to keep up to the high standard set by the first track. Cue some rather corny titles ("Storm's Perfect Storm" & "Sneaky Mystique")and the package as a whole may appear to be a letdown. "Mansion Attack" and "Getting Out Alive" have some inspired bombastic moments but they suffer from lengthy lulls, causing some listeners to descend into boredom. The theme from the very beginning of the score isn't repeated until the very end with the final track, "We're Here to Stay". The bulk of the score is more subtle, beautiful music ("Finding Faith"). "Cerebro" doesn't have quite the same "umph" factor that the "Cerebro" track from Michel Kamen's X-Men score. Sadly, Morzart's Requiem isn't included in this package. Compared to most summer blockbuster scores, X2 stands head and shoulders above them but when compared to Superman's, or Batman's or Spider-Man's respective scores, X2 falls kinda flat. Still, the first track is worth the price of the CD.