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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 31 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Batman: Original Motion Picture Score (Audio CD)
This trend-setting score has stood the test of time and sounds just as impressive now as it did fifteen years ago. Elfman’s gothic style of scoring became almost a template for subsequent superhero movies and a revisit to this CD will demonstrate why. The Batman theme is fantastic: no matter how often Elfman uses this dark march (Main Theme, Batman to the Rescue, Attack of the Batwing), it never tires and never fails to excite. Things turn silly when it comes to the Joker and tracks like ‘Face Off’ and ‘Waltz to the Death’ are Tchaikovsky-like waltzes that compliment the action and the use of ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ borders on farce for Joker’s infatuation with Vicki. As for Vicki Vale, there is a brief (and slightly tedious) theme for her relationship with Bruce that is allegedly based on Prince’s ‘Scandalous’ but the connection is too disguised to spot easily.
What sets this score high above others is the soundscape that is established. Tracks like the mysterious ‘Childhood Remembered’ and gothic ‘Up the Cathedral’ really ground you into this fantasy world and the pulsing ‘Descent into Mystery’ is a career highlight that is always on replay on my stereo. The quality of the disc is good, showing off the size of the orchestra (it’s big) and most of the score is on the CD without skipping too much out. This should, without a doubt, be in your soundtrack collection.
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