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Releases - CD - Batman Beyond

Original Release Date: August 31, 1999
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Rhino Records
Total Runtime: 39:58

Track Listing
1. Main Title - Composed by Kristopher Carter
2. Cold Versus Hot - Composed by Lolita Ritmanis
3. Terrific Trio Versus Rocketeers - Composed by Michael McCuistion
4. Bat-Slapped In Store - Composed by Kristopher Carter
5. Farewells - Composed by Lolita Ritmanis
6. Batman Defeats Chappell - Composed by Kristopher Carter
7. Batman Chases Inque - Composed by Kristopher Carter
8. Yachting With The Card Gang - Composed by Shirley Walker
9. Batman's First Fight - Composed by Michael McCuistion
10. The Legacy Continues - Composed by Michael McCuistion
11. Hotel Scuffle - Composed by Shirley Walker
12. Trouble In The Museum - Composed by Shirley Walker
13. Inque Escapes - Composed by Kristopher Carter
14. Nuclear Lab Destruction - Composed by Michael McCuistion
15. Golem Chases Shoppers - Composed by Shirley Walker
16. Willie Defeated - Composed by Shirley Walker
17. Genetic Theft - Composed by Michael McCuistion
18. Joker Chase - Composed by Lolita Ritmanis
19. Move To The Groove - Composed by Lolita Ritmanis
20. End Credits - Composed by Shirley Walker



Review: The CD opens strong and closes strong. We get that hard, thumping "Batman Beyond" theme, and the not-bad sounding end credit music. Now, it's the stuff in between that's really more of a mixed bag. There are some great tracks in there, played during key moments in the early Batman Beyond episodes, but most of these tracks turn out to be nothing spectacular. Arranged by a host of composers, we get everything ranging from fast metal to techno to even some acoustic.

Don't get me wrong, this is good music to listen to when one is writing or working, but there is nothing that really pops out and sticks out. These tracks make you remember the series more than stand on their own. Batman: The Animated Series has that easily hummable theme, and music that sticks out, particularly The Joker's catchy theme.

There are a couple weak spots to the soundtrack. At times, it sounds like these brave groups of composers, obviously trying something new, are shoving way too much down our throats. Tracks like "Batman Defeats Chappell" could probably spark a diabetic attack if repeatedly listened to. The CD, while a nice overall package, can jump around a bit, too, with no overall theme present.

This CD will definitely be an acquired taste - not everyone will be able to stomach this. This is a complete departure from the usual orchestral sounds from the animated DC tunes, and this can be quite a shock to the system. This transition could have been made a bit easier if the music during the first episode's opening teaser, where we find out what happened to Bruce Wayne, was included.

The tracks tend to run together, which is actually a benefit for the CD. The CD sounds pretty good overall, bookmarked by the opening and closing theme. We get some loud, thumping techno music, and even some quiet beat work. It's a pleasant mix that comes together quite nicely. The music may take some getting used to, but if you're a fan of the show then you'll like this soundtrack release. If you're used to the classic orchestral sounds of Batman and Superman: The Animated Series, then go run and hide.

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