Hans Zimmer / Lorne Balfe

Megamind

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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

One doesn't expect subtlety in an animated children's movie of the early 21st century, and, by extension, there's no reason to expect subtlety in a musical score written to accompany one. Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe's background music for Megamind employs a large orchestra (plus, of course, synthesized sounds) to large effect. When the mood is adventurous, it is very adventurous, when it's sad, it's very sad, etc. This is scoring that hits the listener over the head repeatedly. Similarly, the few pop songs that have been inserted in among the orchestral cues seem to have obvious purposes. How many times has George Thorogood & the Destroyers' "Bad to the Bone" been used in a movie? Well, the first instance seems to have been Christine (a Stephen King horror adaptation about a demonic car) in 1983, but it's just such a useful anthem for bad guys that it is perennially brought back. Gilbert O'Sullivan's maudlin "Alone Again (Naturally)" and Minnie Riperton's saccharine "Lovin' You" may remind the parents (or grandparents) who are intended to recognize and enjoy them just how terrible a decade for pop music the 1970s could be. But it's Zimmer and Balfe's ever-busy music that dominates here, and it must at least keep up with the cartoon characters on the screen.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Megamind
1 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 04:28 Amazon
2 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 02:15 Amazon
3 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer feat: George Thorogood & the Destroyers 04:48 Amazon
Megamind
4 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 01:25 Amazon
5 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 02:17 Amazon
6 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer feat: Elvis Presley 03:31 Amazon
Megamind
7 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 02:32 Amazon
8 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 03:06 Amazon
9 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 02:36 Amazon
10 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer feat: Gilbert O'Sullivan 03:37 Amazon
Megamind
11 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 01:47 Amazon
12 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 01:45 Amazon
13 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer feat: Minnie Riperton 03:23 Amazon
Megamind
14 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 01:13 Amazon
15 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 03:21 Amazon
16 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 02:37 Amazon
17 Lorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer 03:29 Amazon
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