While the new score yields remnants of the traditional “MiB” theme, as well as the standard Elfman-isms – dark, mirthful rhythmic mayhem spawned by “Beetlejuice” and “Batman” – he still finds a way to think outside the box and create a near-new sound palette for “Men In Black 3.” He incorporates a spatial romantic sensation in the string work, which vaguely harkens “Mars Attacks.” And the score is much more lyrical than any of his non-musical scores, and that conceptual style of music composition reads almost like a cross between Elfman’s 2006 solo album “Serenada Schizophrana” and the 1994 album “Boingo.”
There is a distinct band-like atmosphere throughout “Men In Black 3,” which is primarily the result of a drum kit, the predominant expressiveness of percussion, and the atmospherically jolting use of electric guitar. He also makes solid use of Carl Stalling-inspired brass arrangements that gives the score an edge of cartoon-iness that warps your sense of reality – those moments of pure, psycho-imaginative Elfman that keep you on the edge of your seat. The “Men In Black 3” score seems to bear an underlying sense of rejuvenation that really hasn’t bled to the surface since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.”
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