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The Fifth Element
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:
Eric Serra

Orchestrated by:
Hubert Bougis
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Virgin Records (American)
(May 6th, 1997)

EMI/Virgin Music (International)
(May 20th, 1997)
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Both the American and international albums were regular releases in May 1997. The American one remained in print for ten years while the international pressing commands up to $35. Their contents are the same.
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Buy it... only if you are fond of the film itself, for Eric Serra's score is nothing more than a frightfully obnoxious and loyal souvenir from an equally insufferable film.

Avoid it... if you refuse to own any reggae, techno, opera, rap, pop, and classical film score (all in one) that explicitly mixes the sounds of a female orgasm into its ranks.
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WRITTEN 5/10/97, REVISED 3/25/08
The Fifth Element: (Eric Serra) What? $100 million bought this? Luckily, nothing about the production of The Fifth Element took itself seriously, or the film would literally have been among the worst ever promoted as a summer blockbuster. Director Luc Besson's completely nonsensical 23rd Century adventure flick is about as corny and dumb as a film can possibly be, but at least it looks incredible. If ever there was a definition of eye candy, it would be The Fifth Element. Trying to explain the plot would be futile, but for the purpose of reviewing the soundtrack for the film, it's also unnecessary. That's because the film jumps around in style and genre so often that Besson's usual collaborator, Eric Serra, was forced to write music that jumped through the same hoops while also extending the obvious sense of humor that Besson was giving the topic. In the end, all that mattered was that, from a compositional standpoint, The Fifth Element was the perfect opportunity to write the ultimate parody score, and only a few hints here and there of a serious dramatic edge distract from its wacky, strange, and psychotic stance. Serra had not endeared himself to the American film score community by 1997; his score for Goldeneye was a definite low point in the James Bond franchise, and David Arnold had not yet washed out that sour aftertaste. Serra's often wild and highly unpredictable methodology, as well as his work with Besson in Europe, had given him the label of a rising star in the late 1990's, but he never took advantage of that opportunity. If anything, his music for The Fifth Element was so appropriately bizarre that it may have done little more than prove that he could be obnoxious in nearly every genre of music in existence. It's a score that's impossible to either recommend or trash, if only because it is perfect for its film. It just so happens that the film is so outrageously stupid that any music that rides along for the ride is doomed to cause some head-scratching.

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Average: 3.06 Stars
***** 1,705 5 Stars
**** 1,691 4 Stars
*** 2,462 3 Stars
** 2,089 2 Stars
* 1,187 1 Stars
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which CD can i get da song The Diva Dance?
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Trailer Music
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Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 62:54
• 1. Little Light of Love - performed by R.X.R.A. (4:50)
• 2. Mondoshawan (4:01)
• 3. Timecrash (1:49)
• 4. Korben Dallas (1:43)
• 5. Koolen (0:55)
• 6. Akta (1:51)
• 7. Leeloo (4:56)
• 8. Five Millenia Later (3:13)
• 9. Plavalaguna (1:47)
• 10. Ruby Rap (1:55)
• 11. Heat (2:54)
• 12. Badaboom (1:12)
• 13. Mangalores (1:06)
• 14. Lucia di Lammermoor - performed by Inva Mulla Tchako (3:10)
• 15. The Diva Dance - performed by Inva Mulla Tchako (1:31)
• 16. Leeloominai (1:41)
• 17. A Bomb in the Hotel (2:14)
• 18. Mina Hinoo (0:54)
• 19. No Cash, No Trash (1:04)
• 20. Radiowaves (2:32)
• 21. Human Nature (2:03)
• 22. Pictures of War (1:19)
• 23. Lakta Ligunai (4:14)
• 24. Protect Life (2:33)
• 25. Little Light of Love - performed by R.X.R.A. (3:29)
• 26. Aknot! Wot? (Bonus Track) (3:35)

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Neither insert includes any extra information about the score or film. The American album features Courier "type-writer" font on its packaging that is very difficult to read.
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