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9 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Danny Elfman & Deborah Lurie

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Album Review

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.]

Customer Reviews


This is what an epic score should sound like. With a beautiful score by Lurie and inspiring themes by Elfman, where can you go wrong? This score delivers a real sense of power, utilizing choir and a strong low brass. what makes it even better is that this score does not rely on electronics and synthesizers to get the desired effect. In general, this score has a very low, dark, feel to it, which fits the movie quite nicely. Even though it is a dark score, the music comprising the score is very versatile. For example, "Release" and "Burial" are very sad and very beautifal cues. While "The Purpose, Slaying te Beast" are very intense and pounding. Some cues are very subtl with a light mystic about them.
Overall, A job well done for Elfman and Lurie on such a Phenomenal and original score.

Great Movie, Great Music

What I like about this is that danney elfman strayed alittle from the really dark and mystyrious music. i mean it still had that, but not as dark. my favorite song in the album is Welcome Home. I did see the movie and recomend it to any guy 13-70. this movie is dark, and under 13 should go with a parent, not a friend. the machines are scary, and there only 2 calm parts. al in all, one of the best movies, no, the best movie i have ever seen

Wow. This was the greatest movie of 2009 so far!

For those who think this is a little kid animated film YOU ARE WRONG!!!! If you haven't seen this yet, go and see it because everything was perfect! Now the album is also as good as the film. It feels like your watching the movie all over again! My favorites are: Introduction, Seamstress, The Purpose, Welcome Home, and Reawakening.


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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