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Corpse Bride (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Given its romantic, macabre-lite storyline and stop-motion animation format, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride can’t escape comparisons with his now-classic Nightmare Before Christmas. Likewise, Danny Elfman’s score comes with similar expectations. But while the onetime Oingo Boingo frontman’s songs and underscore may not have the former film’s evocative holiday cliches to play off, he’s delivered some fine work here, from the orchestral moodiness of cues like “Into the Forest” and “Casting a Spell” to a handful of sprightly tunes highlighted by “Remains of the Day” and Helena Bonham Carter’s “Tears to Shed.”

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This Soundtrack Is Not Dead

Tim Burton did a great job with this film, but Danny Elfman did an even better job with the score. There are two songs that put this album over the top. The first is Victor's Piano Solo, which demonstrates his sadness. However, The Piano Duet is by far the greatest song on the album. There is just something about Elfman's composing that makes this entire CD somewhat magical. If you liked the Nightmare Before Christmas, you will love this.

really more like 3.5 stars rather than 4

the instrumental music on this soundtrack is beautiful, but it's extremely frustrating that it never fully plays out. instead, it just abruptly comes to an end at the same point that it ended in the movie. i wish the songs were more complete and had proper endings. i don't think the way emily and victor's conversation cuts into the end of the piano duet is "cute," nor do i think it's cute when you hear victor stumble on the piano during his solo. it's cute in the movie, but it's just annoying on the soundtrack and seriously lowers the quality of the music that could otherwise be amazing. i hope eventually danny elfman completes some of these songs in a re-release and adds a proper conclusion to the instrumentals, but i don't count on it. if he did, i'd bump my score up to 5 stars though. it just depends if that bothers you as much as it bothers me.

The Piano Solo and Duet

If you can't spend the $ on the whole CD (which is well worth it) everyone has to at least get the next three songs: Victor's Piano Solo, Tears to Shed, and The Piano Duet... They are completely gorgeous. The songs are so rich with sound... OMG Totally digging it! haha


Born: May 29, 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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