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Men in Black: International
(2019)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Danny Elfman
Chris Bacon

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
David Sloanaker
Edward Trybek

Additional Music by:
TJ Lindgren

Co-Produced by:
Noah Snyder
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(June 21st, 2019)
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Regular commercial release. The American CD is an Amazon "CDr on Demand" product.
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Buy it... if you desire a predictably likeable addendum to Danny Elfman's highly unique work for the concept.

Avoid it... if that faithful extension of the same themes and general style of franchise's music is no longer sufficient for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,939
WRITTEN 12/29/19
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Men in Black: International: (Danny Elfman/Chris Bacon) Someone should have erased the memories of the executives responsible for 2019's ill-fated Men in Black: International before it could tarnish an otherwise admired franchise. The director tried to quit several times. The producer assembled a different cut of the film from that of the director. The script was changing so rapidly that the main actors had to hire their own writers. The sociopolitical message of the film, one involving immigration, was garbled in the process. The two stars of the franchise are gone, leaving this fourth entry as a bastard child of the concept, residing somewhere between spin-off and reboot territory. Two new agents of the Men in Black organization, the spy network protecting Earth from the hassle of alien inhabitants mixed among native humans, chase down a plot supported by a traitor within the agency to bring a hive of dangerous alien species to our planet. With only a few secondary character connections to the first three films in the franchise, Men in Black: International is a badly orphaned and unnecessary addition, the presence of Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson really the only highlights. One member of the crew not anxious to flee for the exits was composer Danny Elfman, who confesses that he loves returning to his franchises to rework them in sequels, and the Men in Black film in particular, which, amazingly, netted the composer his first Oscar nomination, is a source of much affection for the composer. He remains a strong supporter of thematic and stylistic continuity in the music of franchises, so he viewed his involvement with Men in Black: International as a welcome opportunity to provide movie-goers with familiar tunes to coincide with the new characters. It's hard to blame Elfman for remaining attached to this series of films in particular, even as its quality diminishes overall, for it offers him the chance to continue developing a highly unique blend of 1960's caper heroics, modern electronic grooves, and skittish orchestral mannerisms in a way you really don't hear anywhere else. Aside from the humorous ethnic diversion in "Riding a Bike," the expected equation is followed closely here, with even a few moments of vintage Elfman mystery and fantasy thrown in for good measure. Joining Elfman in this endeavor is Chris Bacon, who formerly credited himself wonderfully as "Chris P. Bacon" before endeavoring to be taken seriously in his career; Bacon has written additional material for several Elfman scores of the 2010's.



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Average: 2.88 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 54:26
• 1. Logos (1:28)
• 2. L Train (2:49)
• 3. Seeing is Believing (4:45)
• 4. Job Interview (0:55)
• 5. I Found You (1:59)
• 6. Viper Room (1:56)
• 7. Twins (1:09)
• 8. Who's That Guy? (1:23)
• 9. VR Room (1:37)
• 10. Too Much (1:31)
• 11. Vungus Aftermath (1:50)
• 12. Here Comes Trouble (1:45)
• 13. Riding a Bike (2:57)
• 14. Blue Giant (2:04)
• 15. Pink Trousers (3:58)
• 16. Flying Fists (3:36)
• 17. Kabla (2:26)
• 18. Demise (1:31)
• 19. Where's the Weapon? (2:32)
• 20. Ah, Paris (1:29)
• 21. The Truth (2:36)
• 22. Portal (2:09)
• 23. Like a Son (0:59)
• 24. Promotions (2:56)
• 25. Red Button (1:12)
• 26. End Credits (1:04)

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