Batman Begins / O.S.T.



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    Batman Begins / O.S.T. New Line Records / Watertower Music
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Review Text Director Christopher Nolan's brooding attempt at resurrecting the ailing Batman franchise is met head-on by two of film music's most prolific and recognizable characters. The ultra-serious tone that permeates Batman Begins is not limited to its gothic narrative and brooding visuals. Oscar-winning composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have crafted an atmosphere that relies less on the dynamics of Danny Elfman and more on the rain-soaked soundscapes of Brian Eno and Blade Runner-era Vangelis. With over 60 minutes of music, Batman Begins' glacial pace makes for a challenging listen, and its insistence on remaining unabashedly nocturnal -- each track is named for a specific species of bat -- is both admirable and frustrating, as the main theme doesn't truly appear until nearly four tracks in. Though each composer shares a co-writing credit, listeners who are familiar with their work will recognize the signatures -- Howard's bleak and pastoral string and piano cues keep the film grounded, while Zimmer utilizes the thunderous percussion and Soviet-bloc chord structures that fueled both Crimson Tide and Gladiator. For those who were hoping for an audio repeat of the 1989 original, Batman Begins may prove to be a disappointment, but for longtime fans of the caped crusader's darker past, the lack of a traditional "summer blockbuster popcorn" score will come as a welcome surprise. ~ James Christopher Monger

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Vespertilio - 3:52
  2. 2. Eptesicus - 4:20
  3. 3. Myotis - 6:46
  4. 4. Barbastella - 5:45
  5. 5. Artibeus - 4:19
  6. 6. Tadarida - 5:05
  7. 7. Macrotus - 8:35
  8. 8. Antrozous - 4:59
  9. 9. Nycteris - 4:25
  10. 10. Molossus - 5:49
  11. 11. Corynorhinus - 5:04
  12. 12. Lasiurus - 7:27

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