Goosebumps Soundtrack Review

goosebumps cdGoosebumps
Released by Sony Music, 2015.
29 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 64 min.

In the first few seconds of this, you can tell it is Danny Elfman. He seems to have such a full orchestrated sound to his scores these days, full of different sounds and instruments. Some might call them busy. Is that a good or a bad thing? Well, that is up to you to decide. For me, compared to his older scores, they seemed to have lost the deep emotional connection they used to have. The whole goal of a score, for me at least, is to create an audio picture in your head, or emotion in your heart. Or one that just enhances what we’re seeing on the screen. These days, Elfman is always good at the later. They do the job they are suppose to do. But I don’t feel they really can stand on their own, or have those feelings come through the music.

Also, if you were looking for a creepy score, you won’t find it here. Lots of action based themes going on, building up more excitement than tension or…goosebumps. In fact, in the first few minutes of the main theme, he throws in the traditional “wooo-wooooo” I guess to let us know that it is a scary score, which he uses a couple of more times throughout the soundtrack. So this is not a terrible score by any means, but is one that will be lost with the hundreds of other scores out there, giving me nothing to make it that memorable.

I like Elfman and think he is a very talented composer, who has made some incredible scores early in his career. I really hope he can go back to those kinds at some point.

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