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Men In Black II (Music from the Motion Picture)

Danny Elfman

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Much like his score for the first film, Danny Elfman's score for Men in Black II mixes the composer's innately twisted melodies and arrangements with allusions to classic spy themes and urban music (as a nod to the film's star, Will Smith). This time around, Elfman's compositions aren't quite as outlandish, serving more as a backdrop to the film's action than a musical commentary on it. Nevertheless, Lalo Schifrin-inspired pieces like "Headquarters," "Hunting for K," "Sleuthing," and "The Chase" convey the story's tension with quirky flair. A strong exotica influence also runs through the score, particularly on "Worm Lounge 1" and "Customs," a femme fatale theme for the evil Serleena that recalls "Martian Lounge," aka the Martian Spy Girl's theme from Mars Attacks! Since Men in Black II is also a love story, the score also features plenty of weirdly pretty, romantic pieces, such as the eerie flute and strings-driven "Heart Thump" and the majestic, bittersweet "The Light." While this is relatively mainstream work from Elfman, some weird twists and turns at the end make it slightly less straightforward than his Spider-Man score: "Titles Revisited," perhaps the score's most Elfman-esque composition, gives the film's title music a strange electronic makeover by setting it to a dance beat and inserting odd vocal and instrumental snippets, and "Worm Lounge 2" sounds like it's straight from an underground cabaret. Fans of the film will also be pleased to hear Frank Black's inimitable cover of "I Will Survive" and Smith's "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)"; though it's definitely catchy, it's just not as much fun as the original film's "Men in Black." Fortunately, though, the rest of Men in Black II is just as enjoyable as the score to Men in Black.

Biography

Born: 29 May 1953 in Amarillo, TX

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his work in collaboration with director Tim Burton, composer Danny Elfman created one of the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary film music, bringing his talents to a dark fantasy world populated by superheroes, monsters and freaks. The son of novelist Blossom Elfman, he was born May 29, 1953 in Amarillo, Texas; raised in Los Angeles, he and brother Richard relocated to France in 1971, where he joined a theatrical group. Elfman subsequently moved on to Africa, returning...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Original Score
  • Released: 19 June 2002

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