> While Returns didn't have the sheer dark majesty of the first soundtrack,
> it, like the film itself, had its own kind of brilliance to it. Returns
> remains my favorite film of the franchise. Burton got it; he did the
> characters so completely right that I walked out of that theater instantly
> enamored with the film. He caught the spirit of Bob Kane's creations
> exactly as they should be, and he did an even better job than the first
> time. Souxsie and the Banshees single was far better than anything Prince
> contributed in the first film. The opening sequence was a dark and
> majestic update to the original theme, and the Banshees music playing when
> Bruce sees Selina at the party (and then goes dancing) was pure magic.
I agree. I think this is one of the best sequel scores ever composed, as well as one Elfman's best. I'm actually listening to it now (the expanded version from La-La Land Records), and have loved it since I got the first album back in 1992. I agree with Christian about the sound quality, but the expanded has fixed that with better mixing. Two stars is way too harsh; that's what he should have given the themeless "Hellboy 2."