Kevin Manthei - Justice League (The New Frontier [Original Soundtrack]/Original Soundtrack/Film Score) (Music CD)

Release Date: 16 July 2012
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Just as sports writing is a great place to start a journalistic career (rarely, later on, will a reporter get many opportunities to use verbs like "crush" and "pulverize"), so writing music for animated TV series and features is a great place to start a composing career. As those anthropomorphic animals and hyperkinetic humans flit across the screen, defying gravity and sense, the composer can exercise his or her imagination to accompany them. Envy Kevin Manthei, then, already a veteran of numerous game soundtracks and 26 episodes of Invader Zim, who provided music for the basketful of superheroes in the animated feature Justice League: The New Frontier. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, etc., are members of the league, which goes off to save the world, and Manthei gets to fly right beside them. But just as sportswriters may be bedeviled by tight deadlines and foreshortened column inches, Manthei had his own constraints. In his liner notes, he proclaims his love of Edward Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein, and Aaron Copland (even if he doesn't know how to spell Copland's name), and dreams of a 100-piece orchestra to play his approximations of their work. Alas, "Because of budget and timing," he admits, "the score was realized with samples ...." Manthei did get to have a live trumpeter and woodwind player here and there, but the score still sounds like what it is, computer-generated symphony-like music. And while the onscreen pyrotechnics allowed him to flex his composing muscles, all those superheroes seem to have required a batch of stirring, soaring themes, which seem to get in each other's way sometimes. And the nonstop action doesn't give the music much time to pause in its pounding onrush to the climax, not when Superman et al. are busy crushing and pulverizing their opponents. ~ William Ruhlmann
Release Date: 16 July 2012

1. Main Titles
2. The Centre / Hal Shot Down
3. J'onn J'onzz Arrives
4. Wonder Woman Recounts / J'onzz Watches TV
5. The Flash Saves Las Vegas
6. J'onn Becomes John / Church Brawl
7. Carol & Hal Banter
8. Driving to Ferris / The Real Ferris
9. Hal's Mission Revealed / Batman Surprises J'onzz / The Flash Fights Gorilla
10. Crazy Scientist
11. J'onzz Contemplates / J'onzz is Leaving
12. To Space
13. Mars Mission Mess
14. New Green Lantern
15. Superman Ties It Up / J'onzz Bonds
16. Island Revealed / Superman Down
17. Plan to Action
18. Thick of Battle
19. The Flash vs Centre / Last Bit of Business
20. Victory
21. End Credits

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