|Personnel: Elenore Choate, Katie Kirkpatrick, Gayle Levant (harp); Eun Mee Ahn, David Ewart, Gil Romero, Katia Popov, Alan Grunfeld, Barbara Porter, Phillip Levy , Pat Johnson , Franklyn D'Antonio, Michael Ferril, Marc Sazer, Mari Tsumura, Tamara Hatwan, Mario de Le¢n, Lily Ho Chen, Razdan Kuyumjian, Horia Moroaica, Becky Bunnell, Mark Robertson , Joel Derouin, Julie Rogers, Sid Page, Richard Altenbach, Bruce Dukov, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins, Roger Wilkie, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Michael Markman, Josefina Vergara, Berj Garabedian, Haim Shtrum (violin); Larry Corbett (viola, cello); Shawn Mann, Carole Castillo, Kazi Pitelka, Victoria Miskolczy, Andrew Picken, Matthew Funes, Carrie Holzman-Little, John Scanlon, Brian Dembow, Roland Kato, Janet Lakatos, Maria Newman, Simon Oswell, Harry Shirinian (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Christina Soule, Timothy Landauer, Dennis Karmazyn, David Mergen, Jodi Burnett, Robert Adcock, Miguel Martinez, Suzie Katayama, Stephen Erdody , Cecilia Tsan (cello); Louise di Tullio, Susan Greenberg, Geri Rotella (flute); Charles Boito, Ralph Williams , Emily Bernstein, Gary Bovyer (clarinet); Earl Dumler, Leslie Reed, Phil Ayling (oboe); Bob Schmidtke, Rose Corrigan, David Riddles (bassoon); Marissa Benedict, Jon Lewis , Rick Baptist, Warren Luening (trumpet); Paul Klintworth, Steven Becknell, Joe Meyer , Brian O'Connor , Richard Todd , Brad Warnaar (French horn); Steven Holtman, Phillip Teele, Robert Sanders, Alan Kaplan, Charles Loper, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Eric Anderson, Randy Kerber (piano, celesta); Peter Limonick (timpani); Daniel Greco , Bob Zimmitti, M.B. Gordy, Wade Culbreath (percussion).
|John Ottman's score for X2 is a fairly traditional piece of film music, with soaring strings and choral vocals, anthemic brass and intense percussion. While pieces such as the serene "Finding Faith" and the tense, slow-burning "Mansion Attack" might be somewhat predictable, they're nevertheless effective and dignified, which is more than can be said of some of the scores from 2003's summer blockbusters. And, despite their somewhat cheesy names, tracks like "Storm's Perfect Storm," "Sneaky Mystique," and "Rogue Earns Her Wings" do manage to convey the X-Men characters through music (although fans might be disappointed by the spoiler in "Death Strikes Deathstryke"'s title). Other highlights include the album's opening suite, the climactic "Goodbye," and the bittersweet finale, "We're Here to Stay." It's not the most inspired score, but Ottman's music more than serves its purpose, and fans who enjoyed the music in the movie will most likely appreciate this album as well. ~ Heather Phares