Hulk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Soundtrack
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The score is anchored by an often-repeated theme that is stated quickly in the magnificent "Main Titles" "Main Titles", first as a scientific-sounding 6-note descending motif for woodwinds and then later developed in the brass and strings ("Hulk Out!", "A Man Again"). Like Spider-Man, it's not an immediately obvious main theme, but it is there if you want to find it. This main "Science" theme is then put through it's paces in "Prologue", an extension of ideas from the "Main Titles", and the first appearance of the female vocals performed by Natacha Atlas. They do the work intended, adding an emotional gravitas to an otherwise loud and rambunctious summer movie blockbuster score, which is something increasingly rare.
Action elements are surprisingly rare here, "Captured" introduces a bevy of percussion rythms overtop vocals and an Eastern-like string rythm. This might be the first time that Danny Elfman has written anything remotely resembling a Hans Zimmer-like action cue(!). "Hulk Out!" features the first real, balls-to-the-wall action scoring, with towering brass grunts overtop urgent strings coupled with frenetic percussion, concluding with a full-scale rendition of the main theme.Read more ›
i think Hulk is a case in point...
the majority of the score is very subtle for a comic book movie -it's primary function is to support the film, but it also takes risks.
and, in my opinion, those risks are handled effectively and pay off.
> he retains some of the ethnic / middle-eastern leanings that the original composer (Mychael Danna) had intended (and he HAS recieved criticism for this- at least as far as film music nerds are concerned) and he avoids a catchy hero theme, ala what he did for Batman or Dick Tracy
- seems like this is what gets him in trouble the most with reviewers -
instead of heralding fanfares, and broad melodic gestures, Elfman weaves in and around the action, he doesn't try and steal the show.
However, there IS thematic material - and it's strong... it's woven delicately, and it grows on me with each listen...
Elfman has integrity, in spite of the pressures and sell-out potential of the money-making movie machine.
The Truth Revealed is probably my favorite cue>> a bittersweet tone, at once sad and beautiful... very effective in the film.
also, Hulk's Freedom - as the Hulk leaps over mountains the vocals (performed by Natacha Atlas) soar with him, accompanied by strong brass and thundering percussion (ala Planet of the Apes and Proof of Life). the effect is inspiring... Danny Elfman is one of the finest film composers in the industry, and he's on top-form with The Hulk.
I'm looking forward to his next Burton project, Big Fish.
The soundtrack therefore isn't a standard 'superhero' soundtrack (like Spidey, Batman, and The Flash: all Elfman creation).
From the slow-paced music to the mid-eastern touch, this package is a superb showcase for Danny Elfman's talent
A must for any movie score collector, or Hulk fan!!!
I'm kind of upset that there is no discernible theme for "Hulk", execpt for a six-note motif that is heard all over the CD. There is the music for Bruce Banner and his father, mostly played by, I think, the duduk. Then there is Natacha Atlas who does the odious moaning on this CD. Thank God Elfman isn't at all influenced by the Oriental music style because he uses electronics and percussion to maintain the right balance between the artistic and the classic Hollywood compositions. The action music heard in 'Hulk Out', 'Hounds Of Hell', and 'The Lake Battle' is fantastic and very propulsive, good Elfman compositions. The rock song 'Set Me Free' is the last track of the CD, and deservedly so because it feels like out of context with all the rest of the album.
But not all the Middle-East influence is bad, and neither is Natacha Atlas. Because there is the track called 'Captured', which is the best musical cue of the CD. I don't know why, but when I first heard it in the movie theater, I sorta started dancing to it. It's too cool. I really love that theme, and when I got the CD and listened to it for the first time, I turned up the speakers because it's such a fine piece of music.
"Hulk" is a good composition by Danny Elfman, but I'd say 'Captured' is the real deal on this album, and if you don't like rock, then skip the last track.
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Although underrated by many, HULK is a fantastic movie, and some of it's beautiful shine is owed to its outstanding musical score by Danny Elfman. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chad Potter
This is a awesome cd it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are all of them if you have not listened to this cd then i recommend you doPublished on December 16, 2010 by David
I enjoy movie soundtracks, especially those done by Danny Elfman. So, this one was a must for my collection. Still, the music seemed to lack the impact that it had in the movie. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by Dustin Logan
I Have To admit The soundtrack is alot better than the movie. It is good to listen to. This might be one of his lighter superhero soundtrack scores i heard compare to batman,... Read morePublished on August 20, 2004 by D. A. Smith
Seemingly abandoning his more melodic tones for a heavier orchestral vibe, Danny Elfman has churned out another solid film score with The Hulk. Read morePublished on October 9, 2003 by N. Durham
Danny Elfman is a great in dark movies. This weaky Blockbuster is not his best work. There are some similarities with Men ib Black II score, some invasions by Gladiator and some... Read morePublished on September 19, 2003 by Banesto
Come on it's a wonderful sound track but no one even talks about Natacha Atlas's great vocals on much of the sound track!