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X2: Original Motion Picture Score [Soundtrack]

John Ottman , Damon Intrabartolo Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Conductor: Damon Intrabartolo
  • Composer: John Ottman
  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Trauma
  • ASIN: B000096L6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suite From X2
2. Storm's Perfect Storm
3. Finding Faith
4. Sneaky Mystique
5. Cerebro
6. Mansion Attack
7. Rogue Earns Her Wings
8. It's Time
9. Magneto's Old Tricks
10. I'm In
11. If You Really Knew
12. Playing With Fire
13. Death Strikes Deathstryke
14. Getting Out Alive
15. Goodbye
16. We're Here To Stay

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightcrawler's Attack May 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just an FYI - the choral music behind Nightcrawler's attack on the White House is the "Dies Irae" from the Mozart "Requiem" (K626). The translation from the Latin is "Day of Wrath, that day will dissolve the earth in ashes as David and the Sibyl bear witness. What dread there will when the Judge shall come to judge all things strictly." A fantastic use of this amazing work.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X2 Official Score May 7, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
First things off, this soundtrack is better than X-Men 1,(although I REALLY liked the music from the first movie) and none of the themes are brought over from the first movie which is bad or good depending on if you liked the first movie's score.
As you probably noticed Michael Kamen has been replaced by John Ottman(who was originally supposed to score X-Men 1) and with it comes a new style to the score. While Kamen used lots of techno, Ottman goes to traditional orchestra and lots of chorus.
Like I said there are no themes brought over from the first movie which I loved but Ottman makes up for it with a FANTASTIC X-Men theme, which can be heard in the first track. I would have enjoyed it even more however if Ottman brought over the Brotherhood theme from X-Men 1 along with Magneto's and Mystique's theme but it's excusable because of just how much better Ottman puts up his music into heart pounding moments of triumph. GREAT SCORE AND SOUNDTRACK
Curiously absent though is the music from the first scene in the movie when Nightcrawler attacked the White House, I was looking forward to listening to it but it wasn't included, what gives.
-Written by Max Folkman
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music for a Wonderful Film May 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Before I get started, I must confess, I loved the soundtrack to the first movie so this isn't meant to bash it, but most of the music from it was completly disjointed and didn't have much of a melody. I feared the same would be true of the sequel's score until I saw John Ottman attatched as composer. I had been a fan of his work before and I knew that if anyone could bring the kind of grandiose score that X2 needed, it would be he. Luckily, he doesn't dissapoint. Gone are the overt and often abrasive electronic sounds of the first score, Mr. Ottman opted for a more traditional orchestra approach instead. The album kicks off with Suite from X2, which, if I'm not mistaken, was the music used for the closing credits. (Don't quote me on that, though.) It begins with the wonderful main theme for X2 which sounds much better than the original X-Men theme, and then from there it takes us through some of the other themes from the movie, then returns at the end to the X2 theme. The one problem I had with this album was that the tracks were out of order from their place in the film. I've yet to understand why, since the mass adoption of CDs, soundtracks are still arranged in strange ways. However, this turns out to be a non-issue since the flow of the album seems to work better this way. All of the tracks seem to naturally flow from one to the next, despite being out of order. This makes for a wonderful listening experiance. I can't really say much more about this album, it's just wonderful. Some of my friends have said, "Why do you think it's so great. It doesn't sound like a traditional superhero soundtrack?" Well, to them, I answer, "The X-Men aren't really superheroes. They are a minority fighting bigotry and oppression...they just happen to be a comic book team." So, enough rambling, go buy it. ;-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Rating this score, I completely agree with the customer who said before that, "as you probably noticed Michael Kamen has been replaced by John Ottman(who was originally supposed to score X-Men 1) and with it comes a new style to the score. While Kamen used lots of techno, Ottman goes to traditional orchestra and lots of chorus". Although I liked the first score as well, this one sounds better. Beggining with the main theme. John Ottman did in fact a wonderfull job. Mark my words: this score is not to be missed. Not at all. I also enjoyed the Nightcrawler attack to the White House theme. It's for sure one of my favorites on the entire movie, next to the main theme, of course. So, my friends, don't forget to listen to this superb work of art from Mr. John Ottman. And naturally buy a copy for yourself. You won't regret!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Kamen, but sufficient July 21, 2003
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
I was rather dissappointed to hear that Michael Kamen was being replaced for the score to the sequel of X-Men, but I was interested in hearing the score from someone else, as well.

Overall, John Ottman's score is neat. It has its key moments like the first and sixth tracks. Ottman enrolls heroism and wicked music to the score, plus the use of the chorus which Kamen uses only here and there. This soundtrack is also quite longer than the first and has a memorable theme. But he doesn't have the excitement that Kamen had. Most of these tracks are a bit subtle and don't give a great feeling of action or excitement (most of the first track, too). Besides that, Ottman's ending is weaker compared to Kamen's.

In Kamen's score, he provides plenty of excitement yet only one track that is really soft. Kamen's themes were also perfect for each scene and character that I won't forget, and his ending is magnificent. From Ottman, he gave quite a few like the main theme, the mansion attack, and Wolverine's past memories. But when it comes down to Wolverine fighting with Lady Deathstrike, it doesn't generate that feeling of a good fight, despite how creative it is with clashes of metal. Even so, I love the themes from the first, including the main, moreso than the second's (despite that Ottman's score was very nice). And Kamen knows how to press the buttons when it comes down to X-Men. However, Ottman is very passionate in his score the whole way, especially through an orchestral type (and this movie). Although, Kamen is passionate in his own way, particularly at the end of the first.

I find that between the two, Kamen is more suitable/appropriate to X-Men. He has a certain touch to them that makes me feel like this is the X-Men, and it gets you caught up in the moment. It's a distinctive style that fits the persona of the X-Men. But I can't ignore that in a way Ottman could be better suited to X2, because it is different from the first movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Men 2: X-Men United
This is a awesome soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs from this cd are all of them if you have not listened to this cd then i recommend you do
Published on December 16, 2010 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful soundtrack
This is definitely an improvement over the first X-Men movie's soundtrack (which itself wasn't so bad). X-2 has more emotion to it. Read more
Published on May 17, 2010 by Enjolras
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed To Say The Least
I had really high hopes for this album I must admit. Being a owner of almost hundreds of movie scores, its a genre im very familiar with and enjoy thoroughly. Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by S. Osati
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the trilogy
Ottman delivers a solid hour of score on this album. The action cues, thematic development, and overall cohesion are all major improvements over Kamen's score for the first movie. Read more
Published on January 26, 2009 by John and Julie Reiner
4.0 out of 5 stars An Improvement Over the First Score
While Michael Kamen provided a last minute replacement score when John Ottman was busy with other projects that was mainly electronic in nature with a minimal orchestra, John... Read more
Published on February 28, 2007 by Brandon Cutro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack!
Great score to the second movie of the X-men film. Great themes and great music for a soundtrack. I do wish that they used the"White house attack,Alklali lake,Nightcrawler theme in... Read more
Published on November 1, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars A MasterPiece
I am a fan of Xmen and this score fits the movie like a glove. I only listen to the Suite over and over and for the NightCrawler openeing scene music, its Mozart: Requiem and the... Read more
Published on August 20, 2005 by Moe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Score!
I was, as others will state, dissapointed with the first X-men score by the late Michael Kamen. Not that it wasn't good, it just lacked thematic material and use of it. Read more
Published on October 12, 2004 by gumperman
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Published on August 1, 2004 by Thomas Cahill Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Score, What the first movie should have been
AS great as the first X-Men movie was, one of the weakest points was its score by Michael Kamen. While Kamen has written some beautiful and excellent scores, his X-Men work just... Read more
Published on December 2, 2003 by Amazon Customer
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