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The Simpsons Movie: The Music Soundtrack

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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B000T9BOIE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Simpsons Theme (Orchestral Version)
  2. Trapped Like Carrots
  3. Doomsday Is Family Time
  4. Release The Hounds
  5. Clap For Alaska
  6. What's An Epiphany?
  7. Thank You Boob Lady
  8. You Doomed Us All. Again
  9. "...Lead, Not To Read"
  10. Why Does Everything I Whip Leave Me?
  11. Bart's Doodle
  12. Worlds Fattest Fertilizer Salesman
  13. His Big Fat Butt Could Shield Us All
  14. Spider Pig
  15. Recklessly Impulsive

Product Description

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BBC Review

To embellish The Simpsons' leap from television to cinema screen, creators Matt Groenig and Jim Brooks have taken the surprising step of bypassing Danny Elfman, who wrote the show's sublimely anthemic theme, and Alf Clausen, longtime composer of the show's incidental music, to call in Hollywood royalty in the shape of Hans Zimmer.

Zimmer is as Zimmer does: a master of subtle and often deliciously sly musical references that ricochet between parody and pastiche with gleefully inventive abandon. There's colour aplenty, certainly, but nothing to quite match the peculiarly hallucinogenic palette that Springfield is bathed in.

Elfman's theme is heard twice here in full - in Zimmer's souped-up orchestral version full of money-no-object bombast, and in a thumping bonus track in which it gets an acid house-crossed with-The X Files-sounding remix from Ryeland Allison. No, I don't know either.

More than with most soundtrack albums, the suspicion that something is missing lurks here in nearly every track. Divorced from Groenig's iconic animation and in the absence of contributions from Homer, Bart, Marge et al - a lost opportunity if ever there was one - Zimmer's score, accomplished and polished though it is, never quite stirs the heart or quickens the pulse in quite the way you might expect it to.

Soundtrack trainspotters, however, will enjoy Zimmer's freewheeling allusions to other films. Exhibits A, B and C (of many): where 'Release the Hounds' features a twanging guitar that wouldn't be out of place in a Tarantino flick, and 'Spider Pig' is a glorious and all-too brief re-working of the Spiderman television theme, the marvellously titled 'You Doomed Us All! Again' echoes early John Williams and throws in a smidgeon of Aaron Copland for good measure.

Committed Zimmerians or Simpsonites will undoubtedly snap this. The rest of us will probably get more satisfaction from saving our money for a bag of doughnuts (Mmm.! dough-nuts). --Michael Quinn

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Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Simpsons fan and someone who thinks that Homer Simpson may well be the second coming, but the movie was so broken. Hans Zimmer's wonderful score makes it just about tolerable and gives it that extra punch it needed. Avoiding his usual synthy sound and bombastics, Zimmer instead uses a large orchestra and creates new themes and melodies, playing down Danny Elfman's famous theme and giving the movie a signature of its own, and delivers a very warm and infectious score.

Of particular note is Lisa's Theme, written for her by Colin in the movie. It's such a sweet melody that echoes vintage Goldsmith of the 80s. Sadly, as with most Zimmer-arranged albums, it's not complete and chronological so it is not featured as its own individual track here, but you'll find it most prominently in "Doomsday is Family Time". The album has been overshadowed by the Spider-pig theme, but don't let that distract you, there's a lot of great stuff on here, it's just a shame it wasn't arranged as featured in the movie. A brilliant remix of the main theme is featured at the end with a fun track called "Recklessly Impulsive".

I wish that this score got more recognition. It never gets boring and honestly couldn't have complimented the movie better, but it seems to have been lost in the shuffle of Zimmer's more popular works.
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Hans Zimmer is certainly a good sountrack composer and he's done the job well here, but I don't feel the music on its own is anything special really. I mainly wanted to hear the Spider Pig track which always makes me laugh. So unless you really loved the music when you saw the movie, or are a very big Simpsons fan then there's not much here really. I expect when I've seen the movie a few more times it will be nice to listen to the soundtrack and be reminded of the various funny parts though.
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I got this as I knew how iconic 'The Simpsons' music is, and to maintain a running theme through very varied genres is a very skilled thing to achieve. Really good CD and great to listen to!
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All the music from the film (EXCEPT the Green Day version of "The Simpsons" Theme).
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4.0 out of 5 stars So a Green Day track would grant this album 4 more stars? Please... 31 July 2007
By Alex Chao - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack genre of music is actually two sub-genres. There are soundtrack releases that contain the pop/rock/vocal singles from the movie, and then there are those that feature a composer's actual scoring of the film -- usually instrumental and symphonic in orchestration. Some CD's contain both kinds of works, but there are cases where there's a clear divide. There are, for example, two different releases of the Shrek soundtrack: one subtitled "Music from the Original Motion Picture" and another subtitled "Original Motion Picture Score".

Those who complain that the Green Day tracks or Homer's interlude are not on this CD simply aren't in touch with instrumental film scores. And that's fine as a matter of personal preference, but that's no reason to dismiss the album as a whole.

If you like film scores written in a late Romantic idiom (or most of Hans Zimmer's other work for that matter), you'll probably also like this CD. It showcases how Zimmer can aptly score all kinds of films, like Spanglish , Gladiator, and everything in between.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not elfman but good 29 July 2007
By bellman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this soundtrack is very good but more fom for danny elfman fans than hans zimmer fans.the first track opens with the simpsons theme with a real orchestal feel wich is nice.release the hounds is fun its almost out of a tarintino movie kinda feel.the best tracks on the album are (clap for alaska) and (spider pig) the last track they could have done without.overall its a good sountrack from one of hollywoods finest.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simpsons score 1 Aug. 2007
By Shoshanna - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Even though parts of the score to The Simpsons Movie do get big, such as the opening orchestral version of Danny Elfman's theme, mostly it's kept much smaller in scale. This is nice to see both because of its contrast to other recent Zimmer scores, but also because it's very tastefully done in terms of telling the film's story in a more quirky and clever way.

In regards to other reviewers' complaints that there is no Homer singing Spiderpig on the CD, I found the CD version funnier. In the theater where I saw the film, everyone laughed at the version of Homer singing it, but not nearly as much as they laughed at the end credits CD version, which was longer and more unexpected.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this is just the symphony score, No Green Day, no Quirky shorts of the movie. 9 Aug. 2007
By Wiseguy945 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are planning to Buy this CD expecting it to be Funny like Songs key to Springfield, or The simpson's go Symphonic, Sorry, this is just the ochestral motion picture soundtrack, no funny one liners, no familiar skits or sing-a-longs, just symphony. So, yes, I love the simpsons, but am so dissapointed in this CD. And The Donut package edition (I have seen) is pretty cheep, and has absolutely no advantage or special contents over the Jewel case version, which averages 8-10 dollars cheeper. So Sorry simpsons fans, this is just music. Not a must have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Elfman score ... 23 Aug. 2007
By G. Kroener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
So, after nearly 20 years, the Simpsons finally made it to the big screen, didn't they? And nobody really expected them to fail, or did you? The current hype around animated movies certainly helped the project come to life, but there's no harm in that.
Now for the score ... neither Danny Elfman, nor Alf Clausen, who did almost all of the TV shows, return to this musical project. And the answer, I suppose, is quite simple: the producers wanted a name to sell. Too harsh?
The reviews on this page raging about the absence of some rock and pop rubbish clearly show what demographics the company aims at.
Otherwise you can't explain why Alf Clausen, who built this house, wasn't allowed to crown his achievement with scoring this film.

But on to the actual score. We start with Danny Elfman's original title theme, which Hans Zimmer makes sound, orchestrally, unbalanced and all over the place. Bongos, Drums and Violin runs bounce off each other in desperate tries to emulate Danny Elfman's style.
In the subsequent tracks, this pattern is followed, and Zimmer even uses some typical Elfman "La-La" choir, but ultimately, the album runs by without leaving the impression of having heard anything but random tries at Danny Elfman music.
That doesn't mean Hans Zimmer wasn't able to leave some of his fingerprints on the music; that would obviously be impossible. But you can clearly hear that he isn't at all comfortable with having to juggle a musical style that is alot more complex and stylistically demanding than his own.

"Basically, I see myself as Danny's orchestrator" he said in a recent interview. Well, but it needs more than throwing together some Elfman-isms to do him justice.
To break the never-stopping flood of quirky, mischievous underscore, Hans Zimmer included some of his well-known, and well-feared by some, "experiments"; "Release The Hounds" and "Recklessly Impulsive" feature a rock/trance vibe that, while not particulary listenable, at least works somewhat in the film. For one horrible moment, though, you wonder whether the record company accidentally pressed the dreadful, dreadful TJ Tiesto Remix of "He's A Pirate" onto the Simpsons soundtrack.

All taken into account, it is an unusual score for Hans Zimmer, it shows some orchestral colour and range, and that is alot more than you can say about the last few years of Zimmer's work, even if this score just sounds like a failed attempt at Elfman music in the end.

By the way, is Hans Zimmer so proud of having produced a (almost) purely orchestral score that the "Simpsons Theme" needs to be labelled as "orchestral version"? Any version of the Simpsons Theme, in the shows and the film, was orchestral.
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