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batmanAOA-cover 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.