"Milk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" by Danny Elfman on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This album features Danny Elfman’s score along with a half-dozen period pop songs that were featured in Gus Van Sant’s excellent biopic, Milk. Elfman has written music for dozens of films but he is probably best known for his work on fantasy movies such as Batman, Beetlejuice, and Darkman. Here, with the help of five orchestrators, he crafts effective music for this inspiring story. “Main Title,” with its string glissandi and pulsing tones, has a psych feel, while the multi-part “Politics Is Theater” suggests the constantly shifting sands of the political arena. Soundtracks often include musical snippets, and Milk’s are quite fetching: the wordless vocal workout on “Dog Poo,” the break-of-dawn trumpet statement on “Vote Passes,” and the subtle acoustic guitar on “Weepy Donuts” stand out. With its glistening strings, “Give ‘Em Hope” has a sense of emergence, underscoring Milk’s importance in the history of the struggle for gay rights. The pop material includes tracks by three San Francisco-based artists: Sly & The Family Stone, the disco legend Sylvester, and the Sopwith Camel.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album features Danny Elfman’s score along with a half-dozen period pop songs that were featured in Gus Van Sant’s excellent biopic, Milk. Elfman has written music for dozens of films but he is probably best known for his work on fantasy movies such as Batman, Beetlejuice, and Darkman. Here, with the help of five orchestrators, he crafts effective music for this inspiring story. “Main Title,” with its string glissandi and pulsing tones, has a psych feel, while the multi-part “Politics Is Theater” suggests the constantly shifting sands of the political arena. Soundtracks often include musical snippets, and Milk’s are quite fetching: the wordless vocal workout on “Dog Poo,” the break-of-dawn trumpet statement on “Vote Passes,” and the subtle acoustic guitar on “Weepy Donuts” stand out. With its glistening strings, “Give ‘Em Hope” has a sense of emergence, underscoring Milk’s importance in the history of the struggle for gay rights. The pop material includes tracks by three San Francisco-based artists: Sly & The Family Stone, the disco legend Sylvester, and the Sopwith Camel.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

53 Ratings

Stunning - an assured Academy Award nomination

finnscribe,

Haunting and inspiring, this has to be one of Danny Elfman's most beautiful scores. Elfman blends his unique style with Newman-esque elegiacs and Glass-like colors, and the result is an all-around bullseye. "Give 'Em Hope" and "Postscript" are among the many highlights.

WOW - clear Oscar winner right here!

JulianWndmachr,

Danny Elfman is so well-known for his big, dark scores like "Batman" -- but where he truly shines is when he's writing something beautiful, be it Big Fish, Good Will Hunting, or now, MILK. Seriously, this music is beyond inspired. I love the layers and the details. It's like beauty just oozes out of each piece. What wonderful work.

About Danny Elfman

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 to the U.S. only after battling a bout with malaria; he then reunited with Richard, who had directed the 1980 film The Forbidden Zone and asked Danny to compose the score. Assembling a band dubbed the Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo, Elfman recorded the movie's soundtrack. Abbreviated to simply Oingo Boingo, the group remained a going concern following the project's completion, later earning a significant cult following during the new wave era.

In 1985 Elfman met fledgling filmmaker Burton; after collaborating on the score to the hit Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, they reunited frequently in the years to come, with Elfman composing the music to later Burton projects including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks! and the Grammy-winning Batman. In 1993, he also scored the Burton-produced Nightmare Before Christmas, dubbing the vocals of the animated musical's lead character Jack Skellington. Outside of Tim Burton's sphere of influence, Elfman also scored a number of other features in the '80s and '90s, most of them strange fables such as Darkman, Dick Tracy, Army of Darkness, and The Frighteners. His 1997 scores for the drama Good Will Hunting and that summer's biggest box office hit, Men in Black, garnered his first Academy Award nominations. Among his television work was his Emmy-nominated theme for The Simpsons and Emmy-winning theme for Desperate Housewives.

In addition to his marriage to actress Bridget Fonda in 2003, the new century brought continued professional accolades, among them new Burton collaborations. Another Academy Award nomination resulted from his work on Burton's 2003 film Big Fish, and the two partnered for other projects including but not limited to 2005's The Corpse Bride and 2010's Alice in Wonderland. In the meantime, he released a symphony on Sony Classical in 2006 titled Serenada Schizophrana, and earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for Gus Van Sant's Milk in 2009.

His steady workload also included 2012's Silver Linings Playbook, 2013's American Hustle, and 2015's genre-diverse Fifty Shades of Grey, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Goosebumps. The 2016 sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass marked Elfman's 17th Tim Burton feature. That year also saw Sony Classical release his original music for the ballet Rabbit & Rogue, which had premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2008, as well as his score for the film thriller The Girl on the Train. The following year, he stayed busy delivering the scores for such high-profile films as Fifty Shades Darker, The Circle, and Justice League. ~ Jason Ankeny & Marcy Donelson

  • ORIGIN
    Amarillo, TX
  • BORN
    May 29, 1953

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