Batman Returns (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Danny Elfman & Various Artists
Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.
Danny Elfman, who has scored many of Tim Burton's imaginative films (Edward Scissorhands, his two Batman films, etc.), is a perfect musical partner for the somewhat macabre director, and never more so than here, where, in fact, Elfman gets not only to write the music but to play the part of the main character. The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animated movie musical about the abduction of Christmas by the denizens of Halloween land, and Elfman sings the part of Jack, the Pumpkin King. The score is in his usual lush but threatening style (Kurt Weill is his biggest influence), but the highlight is Elfman's singing. Even in his rock band Oingo Boingo (now merely Boingo), Elfman doesn't get to sing like this. Granted, the soundtrack album inevitably lacks the film's outlandish visuals, but it tells the story on its own, and one is better able to appreciate Elfman's outstanding performance. [The 2006 reissue comes packaged with an additional nine-track bonus CD.]
A dark trip
This album is often glossed over when looking at Elfman's work. It's tragic, melancholy and sometimes macabre, as opposed to the heroic score of the previous film. By the time the familiar Batman theme starts up at the end--the second and last time you get to hear it fully played out--you feel drained and relieved. It's great when you're in the mood for a dark and twisted score.
a classic soundtrack to a classic movie
batman returns was a awesome movie a classic the best of the best and so is this soundtrack buy it you wont be sorry
Danny Elfman again proves himself
Not as good as the first soundtrack but still great, my personal favorite is selina transforms
Born: May 29, 1953 in Amarillo, TX
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Danny Elfman
Listeners Also Bought
- Batman Returns
- Action & Adventure