Marc Shaiman

City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold

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A sly but affectionate homage to the classic Western scores of Ennio Morricone and Elmer Bernstein, City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold captures Marc Shaiman at his most delightful. Each theme bursts with energy and invention, whether dizzily comedic or intimately romantic in its orientation. Shaiman keeps each theme short and to-the-point, never allowing a gag to overstay its welcome. To its credit, the music is only a few tweaks away from the sweeping Western scores it satirizes, so authentic are its French horn flourishes, harmonica squawks and campfire guitar melodies.

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