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Re: Score deserves four stars not two.
• Posted by: Matthias   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at 4:25 p.m.
• IP Address: pd9e9d451.dip.t-dialin.net
• In Response to: Score deserves four stars not two. (Krishna Manohar)

Absolutely wright! There is not only the great march (which appears much more often than only in the beginning and the end), but also just amazing passages like the Strauss-like "Fledermausmarschmusik" or the Goldenthal-typical bombastic but yet short finale in "Batterdammerung". Well there are a lot of themes in here, one very somber for Harvey Two-Face as one of my favorites. To critsize the excessive use of electronics and crazy ideas is like to critisize a cook who tries to make an oversalted soup eatable by putting some vinegar in it (BTW: That works, really!!!). Goldenthal fights against a daffy movie with everything that lies in his power. And all the crazy stuff in the score makes the album a much better expierience, than the movie, which only through Goldenthal's music gives you the hint: "Don't take me serious."
Goldenthals exzessive use of electronics and buggy 50's-horror-movie-sounds is of course a point of criticism, that cannot be denied, but should not be weightened to much (How the hell did you came on 2 stars?!?!?).
Don't belief this review! The CD is very enjoyable, sometimes a bit overloaded, but never on 2-stars-niveau.
And the comparison with Elfmans very funny scores on which it's great to listen to is just blinkered: The quasi big-budget-debut of a young composer (Elfman) who comes with a lot of crazy and melodically good ideas, but also has its compositional weakness (which it buries under a lot of noise sometimes) on the one hand and a much more eloborated remittance work by a more developed composer (as Goldenthal by that time already was, and Elfman wasn't when he wrote Batman) on which noise follows more(!!) a system than on the other.
And then a comparison between both, following the motto "That sounds crazy -> 5 points, that is too crazy for my taste -> 2 points.": No good argumentation, too emotional.
The music is really not the best Goldenthal, but also no unlistenable noisy dirt. It's a funny eloborated music and should be ratet as such: 4 Stars.



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