Composer Frederik Wiedmann is I believe one of the most versatile and talented music smiths working in film today, he is able to turn his hand and alter his music style to most genres and on each outing produces something that is not only wonderful with the images on screen but also gives us music that we can enjoy away from the images. SON OF BATMAN is an animated feature from DC UNIVERSE. Released on La La Land records who seem to have established themselves as the label for these types of scores, the score is a driving and exciting one which is filled with moments of high drama and passages and sections that verge on the operatic. A dark score that posses riveting and foreboding themes and sub themes with rich symphonic performances being embellished and supported by a sprinkling of electronics, Wiedmann getting the balance just right between symphonic and synthetic and creating a soundtrack that is filled with a brooding and apprehensive atmosphere. Urgent brasses and swirling strings underline the action scenes and the composer also treats us to some low key moments within the scores running time that are melodic and subdued, it is without a doubt a soundtrack that once heard will be returned to many times. Do not hesitate to add this one to your collection.
In the liner notes from this release the co director Jay Oliver talks about how the team that produced this animated movie wanted to change direction musically and wanted the score to have a more contemporary feel and sound to it. I am sure that the music and musical sounds and beats work within the context of the movie, however I feel personally that the music is rather grating on the nerves it is edgy and mostly synthesised but seems to have very little real melody or stature, yes admittedly there are a handful of moments within the score that can be deemed as being grandeur or interesting as in track number 22 FINAL CONFRONTATION which is at times quite operatic and tantalisingly dramatic, but these moments occur too few and too far between The composer Robert J Kral fuses synthetic sounds with orchestral flourishes but my own opinion is that the electronics jar against the conventional instrumentation with the sporadic choral sections making the whole thing far too busy and muddled. The motif for Batman does manage to get above the mayhem and piercing sound of the electronics but it is sadly lost amongst a cacophony of noise that is being offered up by the synthetics. The music for Batman has always been grand,operatic and sweeping,why change it if its not broke? Nice art work and as always presented well by la la land records. BUT, Not one for me I am afraid to say.