Many regard this as Danny Elfman's best score ever, and Edward Scissorhands is without doubt a magnificient score. Elfman uses a female choir to create music that is truly enchanting. The main theme, a little melancolic waltz, is absolutely wonderful. Especially when it's performed by a female choir, supported by a musical box. I think the music has a certain Christmas feeling over it. When listening to this score it always makes me think of winter. Not that cold, icy thing, but that cosy one... You know, when the snow falls and it's dark, and all is silent. The only thing you hear is your own breathing, and the snow, falling in big, fluffy flakes. Oh, sorry. I was sort of drifting away there for a moment. OK, back to the music. This score was really perfect for the film. It gave the movie that fairy tale feeling, that made the film so good.
Highlights are "Introduction (Titles)", "Ice Dance" and without doubt "The Grand Finale" - definately one of the most beautiful film music cues ever written. There's also some "traditional" wacky, and bouncy Elfman music in "Edward The Barber" (which has some cool fiddle work, and sometimes sounds like a tango), and "The Cookie Factory". Also to be found is some more dramatic music in "The Tide Turns" and some other cues. So there's music for everyone on this soundtrack. Even if you only happen to like cheesy songs, performed by Tom Jones ("With These Hands"), there's something for you on this album. Edward Scissorhands should be in any film music fans' collection.
The only negative about this score is that it's also somewhat depressing listening to sometimes. After all, the main theme is rather said, and that chorus really add to that.
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