Hans Zimmer / Lorne Balfe - Megamind

Hans Zimmer / Lorne Balfe - Megamind
Styles: Original Score, Soundtracks
Recording Location: Abbey Road Studios; Abbey Road Studios, London / Air Lyndhurst Studios, London; Air Lyndhurst Studios, London
Genre: Stage & Screen
Album: Megamind
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Artist: Hans Zimmer \ Lorne Balfe
Duration: 48:10

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.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Megamind
Giant Blue Head / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer4:28
Tightenville (Hal's Theme) / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer2:15
Bad to the Bone / George ThorogoodLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer feat: George Thorogood & the Destroyers4:48
Megamind
Stars and Tights / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer1:25
Crab Nuggets / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer2:17
A Little Less Conversation (Junkie XL Remix) / Scott Davis / Billy StrangeLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer feat: Elvis Presley3:31
Megamind
Mel-On-Cholly / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer2:32
Ollo / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer3:06
Roxanne (Love Theme) / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer2:36
Alone Again Naturally / Gilbert O'SullivanLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer feat: Gilbert O'Sullivan3:37
Megamind
Drama Queen / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer1:47
Rejection in the Rain / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer1:45
Lovin' You / Minnie Riperton / Richard RudolphLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer feat: Minnie Riperton3:23
Megamind
Black Mamba / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer1:13
Game Over / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer3:21
I'm the Bad Guy / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer2:37
Evil Lair / Lorne Balfe / Hans ZimmerLorne Balfe / Hans Zimmer3:29

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