Posted by: peterdmarks Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at 8:01 p.m. IP Address: as23-s16-144-24.cwci.net
Again, a MI soundtrack is not given justice by the obviously too busy reviewers here (sorry guys, you usually give great reviews).
The first MI soundtrack by Danny Elfman aptured perfectly the essence of what the film was meant to be - a close interpretation of the Mission:Impossible TV series. With MI2, the film is meant to be different to that. The score once more perfectly matches the film's style.
While hardcore classical score lovers may want to give this one a wide berth (I myself prefer classical scores), others will be wowed by the variety on this CD.
An atmosphere-building 1st track gives us exciting premise and is a perfect prologue. The 2nd track relaxes us and is really quite enjoyable. The 3rd flamenco track gives an ethnic feel to the score and puts in Spain where where we should be at this point. Track 4 is really quite beautiful to represent the equally beautiful lead female of the film.
While Zimmer's version of the MI theme in track 5 is not as precise and clean as Elfman's (I still can't help but keep playing Elfman's version), it is an interesting variation and goes well with the film. Tracks 6 and 7 are cool and go well with the Heist.
Track nine is extremely moving and is the apex of this score. It matches the emotional heights of Elfman's 'Betrayal'.
What follows after that are tracks incorporating Nyah's theme and the theme introduced in track 9.
This score is much better than I expected, and really is not full of the grunge it is made out to have (the song album has that I believe). A brilliantly refreshing score.