X-2: X-Men United

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

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Trauma
  • UPC: 788647407320
  • Catalog Number: 74073

Tracks

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid Work, but where's that X-factor?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    X-MEN ARE AWESOME!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A huge disappointment...

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some very moving music!

    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!

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