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Review - “Justice League: The New Frontier” Soundtrack CD

New Frontier CD By Barry Freiman

The Superman Homepage received a preview copy of the soundtrack CD to "Justice League: The New Frontier". La-La Land Records released the soundtrack on March 18, 2008. The original musical score was composed by Kevin Manthei. Manthei has been a Hollywood composer for more than a decade with work in film, television, and video games. He contributed material to the "Scream" movie trilogy, scored 26 episodes of "Invader Zim", and wrote the film score to "The 24th Day" which starred "Superman Returns" co-star James Marsden, among his other works. Manthei is set to return to the DCU with their next direct-to-DVD release "Batman: Gotham Knight" for which he has composed two of the film's segments.

It is understandable that the DCU animated films have each been getting CD releases. The music is an essential element of the story, one of the elements that distinguishes the animated realm from a comic book story.

The score has a late 50s/early 60s beatnik quality to it. It's the kind of music you'd imagine Snapper Carr snapping along to in the Justice League's Happy Harbor Headquarters back in the day.

Manthei's score would make perfect afternoon comic-book reading music. It evokes the story - there were moments that, as I listened to the soundtrack, my mind wandered to the point in the story it matched up to and that's only after seeing the DVD twice.

For more information about composer Kevin Manthei, check out his website. For more information about La-La Records, check out their website.

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