Artist: Danny Elfman

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Album:Alice in Wonderland: Soundtrack

Alice in Wonderland: Soundtrack

Danny Elfman

From Walt Disney Pictures and the vividly creative mind of award-winning director Tim Burton comes the original score to the highly anticipated feature film. The score from Alice In Wonderland, created by Burton’s long time collaborator, Danny Elfman, musically lends a magical, whimsical and imaginative twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time

Album:Big Fish: Music from the Motion Picture

Big Fish: Music from the Motion Picture

Danny Elfman, Various Artists

Director Tim Burton’s adaptation of author Daniel Wallace’s bittersweet Southern Gothic novel has been billed as his first mainstream character drama, a notion that conveniently ignores the story’s inherent fables and flights of imagination. But composer Danny Elfman understands their every dark nook and murky cranny with this magical, often deftly understated score. While the epic melodrama of his comic book scores (Batman, Spider-Man, The Hulk, et. al.) have made him a mainstream Hollywood music star, longtime fans know that the composer’s…

Album:Milk: Original Soundtrack

Milk: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Danny Elfman

Milk has an original score by Grammy and Emmy Award® winner Danny Elfman (“Batman,” “Desperate Housewives).

Album:Chicago: Music from the Motion Picture

Chicago: Music from the Motion Picture

Danny Elfman, Various Artists

The movie version of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago was long in the making, but it’s well worth the wait. Director Rob Marshall’s main change was to turn the classic musical numbers into fantasy sequences, but of course this isn’t obvious on CD. Most importantly, the arrangements are bursting with life while being true to the show’s spirit, and the casting is simply inspired. Catherine Zeta-Jones actually started her career on the British boards (she was in The Pajama Game and 42nd Street), so her turn as slinky Velma Kelly isn’t that surprising;…

Album:Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Danny Elfman

It’s as if composer Danny Elfman’s fertile relationship with director Tim Burton had been building up to this, their 11th collaboration and perhaps the one that best encapsulates their shared aesthetics: It’s hard to think of a subject better suited to the two men than an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For the occasion, Elfman has come up with five actual songs (and sings on them), which reminds one of the 1980s heyday of his old band, Oingo Boingo. The first, “Wonka’s Welcome Song” is a demented minute-long blast that evokes…

Album:A Civil Action

A Civil Action

Danny Elfman

How would you like to pinch-hit for Mark McGwire? Danny Elfman reportedly faced a similar dilemma with A Civil Action: he stepped in to score Steven Zaillian’s adaptation of Jonathan Harr’s bestseller when the legendary composer Ennio Morricone bowed out. Elfman’s score is an amalgam of a number of modern influences: edgy, percussive minimalism, haunting, effective choral flourishes, and electronically generated/altered elements are combined with a spare use of the orchestra to create a work that relies more on mood than on melody. The score’s atmospherics…

Album:The Corpse Bride

The Corpse Bride: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Danny Elfman

Did composer Danny Elfman have enough juice for two movies by Tim Burton in a single year? His first 2005 outing, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is one of his all-time best, and the songs he wrote for each of that film’s children are marvels of satirical invention. A few months later, both Burton and Elfman are back with The Corpse Bride, a stop-motion animated film in the vein of The Nightmare Before Christmas. This time it feels as if Elfman may have overextended himself. The composer has fun with Gothic atmospherics, (when in doubt,…

Album:Spider-Man: Original Motion Picture Score

Spider-Man: Original Motion Picture Score

Danny Elfman

Album:Spider-Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score

Spider-Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score

Danny Elfman

What’s a woebegone wall-crawler to do? Arachnid-powered superteen Peter Parker’s all-too-human foibles are never far from the heart of director Sam Raimi’s second installment of the Spider-Man saga, giving it an emotional resonance that sets it smartly apart from its summer blockbuster competition. But while Raimi and star Toby McGuire help emotionally ground the film, its stunning CGI effects—and this robust, aggressive orchestral score by Danny Elfman—insure we never forget this is no mere soap opera. The composer returns with a vengeance to the…

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