>> Megamind: Music From The Motion Picture (2010)

Artist: Hans Zimmer

Album: Megamind

Members: Lorne Balfe

Genre: Soundtrack/Theater

Label: Lakeshore Records

Tracks: 17

Type: LP

Release Date: November 2, 2010

Discs: 1

Rating: 2.37 (out of 4.00)

Grade: C+

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I’ve mentioned in some of my previous soundtrack reviews that it can be a bit tough reviewing something devoid of its intended presentation. Some soundtracks don’t always stand on their own apart from the visuals…and in the cases where you have to review something without hearing/seeing it in its natural habitat, well, just take the following with a grain of salt. I freely admit that there’s a chance that this music works like gangbusters within the context of the movie itself.

All that being said, this soundtrack seems like a bit of a snoozer. Of course, after Zimmer’s epic score for Inception, anything else this year would likely pale in comparison anyway. I believe that Lorne Balfe is a long-time collaborator with Zimmer (based on the little that I could find about him on IMDB), so I don’t know…maybe this is more of Balfe’s doing than Zimmer’s? At any rate, it’s nothing extraordinary. I would hazard a guess that it probably functions well within the film, but aside from it, it’s nothing special.

There are popular songs sprinkled in the mix from George Thorogood & the Destroyers (I’ll let you take a wild guess at that one), Elvis Presley (by way of Junkie XL remix), Gilbert O’ Sullivan, and Minnie Riperton. None of these are songs you haven’t heard before, but if you somehow want them all collected in one place, Megamind’s got it covered for you.

At a little over 45 minutes, it’s a pretty short soundtrack too. Obviously I’m not too stoked on it, but if you loved Megamind, it might be right up your alley.

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