- October 28, 2018 at 2:29 pm #98701
Despicable Me 3 had a song album released by Columbia and then a digital score released by Backlot. I imagine the same is happening here.November 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm #98703November 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm #98749
Samples are on iTunes. The theme in the first track is a real earworm.November 9, 2018 at 3:50 am #98750November 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm #98751
a nod to “welcome christmas” from the 1966 film in the first bars of the opening? fah who foraze, dah who doraze indeed!November 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm #98752
additional thoughts just posted to FSM after second listen:
some of elfman’s brightest, airiest orchestrations in years (can really hear between the sections with some great woodwind clarity)…
loving the kooky faux rock/jazzy riffs al la ‘the incredibles’ in “walking toward destiny”, “grinch’s wild ride” and especially “mailing the letter”…
well hello reedy organ, theremin and i think elfman’s first use of full bell choir ever…
some terrific stallingesque writing reminiscent of his work on “meet the robinsons” and obvs “nightmare before christmas”…
knocks the choir/brass big christmas sound out of the park, and keeps the tchaikovsky pizzicato string + glockenspiel holiday cliche ALIVE…
standout tracks: “the big opening”, “christmas in whoville”, “lost lonely boy”, “loudest snow”, “taking the bait” and showstoppers “grinch’s wild ride” and “stealing christmas”…November 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm #98753
It’s a bit distracting to hear that Oz theme (that later was used as a secondary theme for Time in Alice 2) all over this, but it’s Elfman unleashed, so obviously I’m loving it. The opening track is fantastic.
Still a bit bummed by the lack of CD.November 9, 2018 at 11:36 pm #98754
Wish the recent Elfman London recordings were closer-mic’ed. I prefer being in the orchestra rather than outside of it.
Lots of Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet too. Haven’t really picked out the main theme yet, but so far the score is a romp.November 10, 2018 at 11:32 am #98756
This was recorded in LA.
Much prefer the London recordings myself.November 12, 2018 at 11:31 am #98757
After one listen, I’m not too thrilled. Lots of mickey-mousing and brass “screams” (reminiscent of FLUBBER, which is not a compliment). As previously mentioned, this is NOT the type of Elfman I gravitate towards these days.
I’ll sit impatiently and tap my fingers while I wait for his next indie project (or concert work) to be released.November 15, 2018 at 1:17 am #98759
Yikes, dddeee, you’re right. I think I got this and DUMBO mixed up. My daughter is almost 1 year old and my memory hasn’t returned… Those dumb dad sitcoms might not be totally wrong.November 24, 2018 at 11:48 pm #98761
Saw the movie. It’s exactly what you’re expecting.
Score is really generously mixed. Some moments which normally would have screamed for crazy mickey-mousing were played less ‘notey’ (no idea how to explain this musically), which I thought was interesting from Elfman. ‘It’s Better This Way’ and ‘Lost, Lonely Boy’ are really lovely in context.
I think I prefer this to Elfman’s other non-Burton animated scores. It has a lot of heart.December 2, 2018 at 9:13 pm #98765
Elfman’s 10th film to hit $200M at the domestic box office. Will end up being his fifth biggest movie in the US unadjusted for inflation.March 19, 2019 at 10:31 pm #98863March 21, 2019 at 12:07 am #98864
Hmmm, nothing on .ca yet. I recently picked up the song track album for completion sake. This would be a more worthwhile addition.March 23, 2019 at 1:29 am #98868
I figured this would get a CD release after Back Lot Music recently released pressed CDs of BlacKkKlansman, which was released digitally upon its theatrical release. Us Elfman fans have a lot to look forward to with Elfman CD releases next month e.g. The Grinch, Dumbo, and Eleven Eleven.
March 24, 2019 at 10:38 am #98871
- This reply was modified 4 months ago by lonzoe.
I appreciate that they wanted to maximise sales of the song compilation, but if this were for any composer other than Elfman, I’d be pretty miffed at having to buy the score twice.April 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm #98924
My CD arrived. Unlike most (all?) of the Backlot releases I own, this one came in a jewel case.April 23, 2019 at 5:13 pm #98936
Is the score album in chronological film order? If not, what is the correct film order of the tracks? And where would “A Wonderful Awful Idea” would fit in the chronological film order of the tracklist? Since that track (for some odd reason) wasn’t included on the score album but released on the song album. Don’t mean to come off lazy or anything but I would greatly appreciate any input on the chronological film order of the score if anybody knew it. If not? No worries.
April 23, 2019 at 5:44 pm #98938
- This reply was modified 2 months, 4 weeks ago by lonzoe.
‘A Wonderful Awful Idea’ is just a mash-up of two of the tracks from the score. If you have the score, you have no need for that track.July 1, 2019 at 7:34 pm #98983
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