Danny Elfman

Big Fish [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

The soundtrack to Tim Burton's unusually subdued, sentimental Big Fish collects pop songs from the '30s through the '70s as well as longtime collaborator Danny Elfman's score and a new song from Pearl Jam, "Man of the Hour." Though Burton's quirky, eerie aesthetic would normally be at odds with Pearl Jam's earnestness, the two work well together here, with the song touching on the film's warmth and adding a bit of earthiness to its daydreamy nature. The rest of the soundtrack's pop songs play a bit like a miniature version of the Forrest Gump soundtrack, moving from Bing Crosby's early-'30s jazz hit "Dinah" to the '50s nostalgia of Buddy Holly's "Everyday" and Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" to the '60s and '70s recollections of Canned Heat's "Let's Work Together" and the Allman Brothers Band's "Ramblin' Man." Like the film itself, Elfman's score is also on the relatively subdued and sentimental side -- fans of his sprightly, spooky style will only get a chance to hear that aspect of Elfman's music on "Return to Spectre" and the eerily lovely "Jenny's Theme." However, the rest of the score is by no means dull; Elfman takes the film's Southern setting to heart musically as much as Burton does visually, and the fiddles, banjos, guitars, and strings give the score an appropriately, and appealingly, down-home flavor. Surprisingly moving cues like "In the Tub" and "Finale" reaffirm just how integral this score is to the movie. Finally, Bobbi Page and Candice Rumph's "Twice the Love (Siamese Twins' Song)" adds some of the style and whimsy usually associated with Burton and Elfman's collaborations. While Big Fish is a somewhat atypical Burton/Elfman soundtrack, it's still a successful one.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Danny Elfman feat: Pearl Jam 03:45 Amazon
2 Danny Elfman feat: Bing Crosby 02:17 Amazon
3 Danny Elfman feat: Buddy Holly 02:09 Amazon
4 Danny Elfman feat: Elvis Presley 01:58 Amazon
5 Danny Elfman feat: The Vogues 02:10 Amazon
6 Danny Elfman feat: The Allman Brothers Band 04:57 Amazon
7 Danny Elfman feat: Canned Heat 03:13 Amazon
Big Fish, film score
8 Danny Elfman 00:45 Amazon
9 Danny Elfman 04:32 Amazon
10 Danny Elfman 00:54 Amazon
11 Danny Elfman 01:53 Amazon
12 Danny Elfman 02:22 Amazon
13 Danny Elfman 02:40 Amazon
14 Danny Elfman 01:59 Amazon
15 Danny Elfman 02:12 Amazon
16 Danny Elfman 01:18 Amazon
17 Danny Elfman 02:10 Amazon
18 Danny Elfman 01:18 Amazon
19 Danny Elfman 01:16 Amazon
20 Danny Elfman 11:10 Amazon
21 Danny Elfman 02:41 Amazon
22 Danny Elfman 01:45 Amazon
23 Danny Elfman feat: Bobbi Page / Candice Rumph 01:49 Amazon
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