Big fan of Danny Elfman's film music and this was another good, traditional, well orchestrated dark score that works perfectly when accompanying the film, if a little lacking compositionally for me to listen to as stand alone music. Interesting however to see Elfman's take on the Hannibal franchise in comparison to Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer. I felt this was much more of a return to Elfman's earlier, darker and Hermannesque scores stylistically; reminiscent at times of 'Batman', 'Batman Returns', 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Sleepy Hollow' comparatively.
Like with a fair number of Elfman's later scores I felt, they play much more as purely underscores and in the background to the film than some of his more earlier and most famous works that stood out more for me. There isn't a great deal of effective melody or memorable themes here in comparison to others and many tracks here are fairly similar to each other, slightly repetitive and lacking in much variety instrumentation-wise. However horror & thriller films often can be the more difficult films to create appealing scores to, as the music has to be unconventional, alien, dissonant / atonal and unappealing to the ears a lot of the time, to effectively accompany the horror on screen, which Elfman here does so well.
Overall if your a fan of Elfman's film music or dark, horror / thriller scores, I'm sure you will enjoy this; I wouldnt say it was one of Elfman's best and it doesnt work that well as a stand-alone soundtrack for me, but I would recommend buying this to any film music / Elfman fans for study as another good example of effective film scoring.