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Aliens in the Attic
(2009)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Bennett
Mike Watts
Andrew Kinney
Chris Klatman
Kevin Kaska
Pete Anthony
Mike Kramer
Jonathan Bartz
Jeff Atmajian

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 11th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are easily swept up in the robust, hyperactive environment of John Debney's typically strong, but ultimately somewhat anonymous children's adventure music.

Avoid it... if wild wails of the ondes martenot, electric guitar rhythms, cooing choirs over harmonic orchestral crescendos, and highly derivative themes are a recipe for your eye-rolling indifference.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,560
WRITTEN 9/1/09
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Aliens in the Attic: (John Debney) Given some of these scripts that get green-lit by studios trying to make a quick buck, it's amazing that adults are even involved in the process. Take the plotlines of Men in Black, Home Alone, Gremlins, and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, whip up four aliens animated like leftovers from Small Soldiers, and you get Aliens in the Attic, for which Twentieth Century Fox has no intellectual excuse. Maybe if the nasty little aliens were inhabiting the attic above the White House during the Reagan administration, perhaps there would be some redemption for viewers, but instead all you really get in return for your cinema dollar is a hormonal Ashley Tisdale prancing around in a bikini here. This will be enough for some, of course, but not those who take pride in advanced thought. Perhaps this is why the Motion Picture Association of America, which taunts filmmakers and studios with its silly rating system, recently solicited more NC-17 productions out of the studio system. At any rate, in Aliens in the Attic, a group of quirky kids end up in a creepy Michigan mansion on a vacation and discover that the attic is the staging ground for an alien invasion, and unless the kids do something about it, the baseball season may as well be cancelled and humanity stripped of any dignity that it still has in the age of unlimited Internet porn. So consistent is this film that projectiles are shot at the crotches of young men and the parents in the story are hopeless gits, failing to notice for much of the film that their spawn is engaged in a life or death battle. Heck, you'd think that wailing of the theremine-sounding ondes martenot from John Debney's score would be a clear clue that there are problems far beyond the usual teenage insecurities in this picture. Debney is completely at home in productions as ridiculously stupid as Aliens in the Attic, a compliment to a composer who has obviously found his niche but also a concern for listeners eager to hear him tackle more high profile dramas that happen not to involve the gruesome crucifixion of a maligned savior. It is remarkable to hear Debney so consistently provide top notch children's music that over-achieves for films like Aliens in the Attic, merging bombastic orchestral might with synthetic coolness that sometimes incorporates some unique instrumental element into the mix. Along for the adventure this time is the ondes martenot, but if you're expecting to hear the smooth, romantic echoes of Elmer Bernstein's obsession with the instrument, then prepare yourself for a sudden, high-pitched slap upside the head.



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Average: 2.86 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 43:56
• 1. Opening (1:42)
• 2. Main Title (3:17)
• 3. Nate and Family Arrive (1:07)
• 4. Aliens on the Roof (2:33)
• 5. Roof Fight (3:32)
• 6. Aliens in the Attic (0:53)
• 7. Anti-Gravity (3:03)
• 8. Aliens in the Vents (1:15)
• 9. Remote Control Ricky (0:43)
• 10. Hannah Meets Sparks (1:35)
• 11. Kids Meet Sparks (1:59)
• 12. Interrogation (2:10)
• 13. Nana Barges In (2:58)
• 14. Sheriff (1:01)
• 15. Jake After Assassin (0:25)
• 16. Kung Fu Fight (2:52)
• 17. Let's Go Save the Planet (1:55)
• 18. Building Sizematron (1:00)
• 19. Mentos Attack (1:07)
• 20. Giant Skip (0:50)
• 21. Kids Swing Into Action (1:17)
• 22. Beacons... Fireworks (0:43)
• 23. Tom Shoots Skip (0:45)
• 24. Fight of the Giants (2:14)
• 25. Sparks Waves (2:27)
• 26. The End?? (0:34)

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