Ron Givens
November 02, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Music for a Darkened Theatre

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Danny Elfman
Producers
MCA
genre
Soundtracks

We gave it a B

The same overstuffed quality that weakens Danny Elfman’s music for his rock group, Oingo Boingo, can make his movie compositions a real hoot. Elfman piles instruments atop each other in kinetic, incongruous combinations: Galloping piano and brass compete with square-dance strings, jazzy woodwinds, and spectral vocals. In Music for a Darkened Theater, the best stuff is from 13 movies and 4 TV shows is his recent work for Batman, Beetlejuice, and The Simpsons.B

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