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Spy Kids
Danny Elfman, John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams
Spy Kids
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
 
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What's more unlikely than gritty cult director Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk til Dawn) directing a kid-oriented mainstream action film and seeing it top the box office? How about an orchestral musical...  more »

     
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All Artists: Danny Elfman, John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams
Title: Spy Kids
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Chapter III Records
Original Release Date: 3/30/2001
Re-Release Date: 4/10/2001
Album Type: Soundtrack, Import
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Style: Comedy & Spoken Word
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 667603000228

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What's more unlikely than gritty cult director Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk til Dawn) directing a kid-oriented mainstream action film and seeing it top the box office? How about an orchestral musical score credited to no fewer than six film composers, not to mention the director and his brother--and did we mention Los Lobos? But what might have easily been a case of too many cooks turns out to be a loopy, suitably lighthearted romp. John Debney, Danny Elfman, Chris Boardman, Gavin Greenaway, Heitor Pereira, and Harry Gregson Williams are credited--individually and in various collaborations--along with Rodriguez and brother Marcel (and some crucial supervisory help from Hans Zimmer) with a soundtrack of short, to-the-point cues that largely send up hoary action and spy film clichés. The acoustic guitar stylings of Los Lobos highlight "Spy Wedding," while the L.A. vets crank their amps for the riff-heavy "Oye Como Spy," an off-the-wall reworking of the Tito Puente standard. Danny Elfman also contributes "Floop's Song (Cruel World)," a show song earnestly sung by film heavy Alan Cumming and sounding for all the world like an outtake from the composer's cherished "Nightmare Before Christmas." Pass the popcorn, please! --Jerry McCulley

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CD Reviews

WOW!!! :)
06/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is very Good! My favorite song is Spy Kids (Save the World)!!! I'd recommend this CD to kids of all ages! You should also buy it if you're getting the movie when it comes out!!! ;)"
Surprise!
Timothy Linsley | Flint, MI USA | 04/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While I was browsing the liner notes of this album, I was shocked to see that no less then five artists contributed to this film score, ranging from the hispanic pop group Los Lobos ("La Bamba") to lush film composer Danny Elfman ("Batman, Edward Scissorhands") to the film's director Robert Rodriguez. Usually, the old addage of "too many cooks spoil the soup" comes to mind. With this many people involved, the results are almost guaranteed to be a mess.Surprise! There's an exception to every rule, and "Spy Kids" is it! Instead of having one person work on each track, each one adds their own strengths over the entire album, making it a wonderfully cohesive whole.In keeping true to the film's locations, the whole score is tinged with a slight salsa feel, straight out of Buenas Aries, and you can hear that delicate sounding guitar in nearly every track. This is the primary contribution of Lobos, Rodruiguez, and veteran rocker Harry Gregson-Williams ("The Rock").From there, Elfman and fellow composer John Debney ("SeaQuest DSV") add a lush orchestral tapestry, adding depth to the whole. Indeed, Elfman's trademark dissonance and offbeat percussion are perhaps the biggest thing helping to elevate the music from merely "good" to "great." Elfman is even given his own moment to shine, with "Cruel World," the theme song to the villain's deranged TV show.The only real dissapointment on the album is the final track, "Spy Kids (Save the World)," a pure pop track with shallow, self-referential lyrics that nearly undermine the fact that it's at least not a boy-band, or a Brittiny wannabe.Also in the liner notes, Rodriguez states that he wanted to create "... the coolest spy music this side of Bond." I think he and his team have succeeded wonderfully. That it also happens to be for a kid's movie is entirely incidental."
Spy Kids are the best!
dveditor | 04/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Soundtrack is great, the movie is great. Spy Kids is the best childern's movie I ever saw. Buy the Soundtrack and see the movie in theaters today!"