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X-Men: Apocalypse
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Jeffrey Schindler
Jasper Randall

Orchestrated and/or Arranged by:
Rick Giovinazzo
John Ashton Thomas
Jason Livesay
Nolan Livesay
Andrew Kinney
Jon Kull
Pete Anthony
Lior Rosner
Roger Suen
Joshua Mosley
Edwin Wendler
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Sony Classical
(May 27th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you value both melodic continuity and a maturing handling of the concept by John Ottman, who provides arguably his best developed and most symphonically and chorally impressive score thus far in the franchise.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for overbearingly melodramatic, religious music of pounding ferocity and liturgical chanting, the most memorable portions of Ottman's score bound by forcefully glorious biblical stereotypes.
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WRITTEN 6/11/16
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X-Men: Apocalypse: (John Ottman) Having nearly jettisoned the original cast of actors involved with the "X-Men" cinematic universe, the Marvel concept moves into its ninth feature film with a younger generation wrapping up a back-story trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class in 2011 and continued in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Following the laughable sideshow of Deadpool earlier in 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse manages to retain the major characteristics of the franchise, exhibiting mass casualties amongst the helpless human population, mutant personal identity conflicts, an appearance by concept anchor Hugh Jackman, and the continuing sense that the mutants in these films are Hollywood's most pervasive allegory for homosexuality in modern cinema. Beyond all of these basics in the formula, X-Men: Apocalypse offers a more traditional script in its battle between an ancient, existentially threatening villain and the combined powers of the relatively young X-Men. Unless you're an enthusiast of the complex character interactions of this universe, a movie that combines a significant dose of backstory with a rather typical threat from a villain may not be of much interest. And, in fact, critics and audiences met X-Men: Apocalypse with only lukewarm enthusiasm, the film performing far more poorly than X-Men: Days of Future Past at the box office. Returning from that previous entry is the team of Bryan Singer and John Ottman, with Singer writing, producing, and directing while Ottman co-produced, edited, and composed the music for the project. Though Ottman's involvement with X-Men: Days of Future Past allowed him to resurrect his themes from X2: X-Men United, marking the first time the franchise has enjoyed any significant musical continuity, the quality of the X-Men: Days of Future Past score was comparatively underwhelming. Whatever benefits awaited the film music collector in the reprisal of a previous main theme from the franchise were nullified by an alternately pedestrian and abrasive work, a major disappointment for enthusiasts of Ottman that stoked speculation that the composer's other duties on the film left him with either no inspiration for the score or an inclination to over-rely upon his team of arrangers to assemble the more synthetically-oriented music.

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Total Time: 76:38
• 1. Apocalypse (3:43)
• 2. The Transference (3:50)
• 3. Pyramid Collapse/Main Titles (2:25)
• 4. Eric's New Life (1:27)
• 5. Just a Dream (1:15)
• 6. Moira's Discovery/Apocalypse Awakes (4:35)
• 7. Shattered Life (2:54)
• 8. Going Grey/Who the F are You? (1:49)
• 9. Eric's Rebirth (2:48)
• 10. Contacting Eric/The Answer! (5:01)
• 11. You Can See (1:31)
• 12. New Pyramid (2:13)
• 13. Recruiting Psylocke (2:04)
• 14. Beethoven Havok (2:53)
• 15. Split Them Up! (4:15)
• 16. A Piece of his Past (1:42)
• 17. The Magneto Effect (4:26)
• 18. Jet Memories (1:45)
• 19. The Message/Some Kind of Weapon (4:01)
• 20. Great Hero/You Betray Me (5:13)
• 21. Like a Fire (4:24)
• 22. What Beach? (1:51)
• 23. Rebuilding/Cuffed/Goodbye Old Friend (3:35)
• 24. You're X-Men/End Titles (4:09)
• 25. Rest Young Child (Vocal Version) (2:18)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the composer about the score's themes.
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