28 Songs, 58 Minutes

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
54 Ratings
54 Ratings
finnscribe ,

Stunning - an assured Academy Award nomination

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.

JCStahley ,

WOW - clear Oscar winner right here!

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.

heerogunkenobi15 ,

another classic soundtrack by the god of film music danny elfman

buy this soundtrack you wont be sorry

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