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SLEEPY HOLLOW: SOUNDTRACK

"The masters of phantasmagoria are back, prodding the darker sides of our imaginations with another surrealist excursion on the eerier side of strange and supernatural. Since first uniting forces with Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Danny Elfman and Tim Burton (a former fan of Elfman’s eclectic pop group Oingo Boingo) have formed a formidable composer/director partnership that has spawned Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, the first two Batman features, Mars Attacks! and now, Sleepy Hollow.

Their forte is stylised artifice with a Gothic, bleak and brooding bent, sometimes merely menacing, at others definitely nightmarish. Sleepy Hollow again nestles around the same macabre template with a visual landscape in the domain of The Brothers Grimm fairytale come Hammer horror production, and an Elfman score that resides in the witching hour and spectral sierra of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.

Unlike Lisa Simpson – banished from band practice for freely improvising outside Elfman’s theme tune – Elfman himself presents a score that supports and compliments Burton’s outlandish vision rather than risking conflict with overwrought enhancement. Replete with sinister strings, accented brass and the obligatory heterogeneous chorus of voices monastic, angelic and demonic, the brumous* aural ambience of the score provides a custom fitted sheath for the movie’s dark and threatening edge.

On its own, the music still remains impressive, but would possibly be most enjoyed by dedicated fans of Elfman, or the movie… or those seeking the perfect mood music for a round of pin the cranium on the headless horseman."
Brad Green

* Ed: I looked up brumous: it means fog, misty, wintry….



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SOUNDTRACK: SLEEPY HOLLOW

TITLE: Sleepy Hollow, Music from the Motion Picture

ID: HR-62262-2
Hollywood Records/Paramount Pictures

COMPOSER: Danny Elfman

PRODUCER: Danny Elfman

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Tim Burton, Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder

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