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22 Jump Street by Mark Mothersbaugh (Review)

posted Nov 4, 2014, 5:23 AM by Leo Mayr   [ updated Nov 4, 2014, 10:15 AM by Kaya Savas ]

Seeing how dominant Mark Mothersbaugh‘s theme for 21 Jump Street was for its score, it seems obvious that this theme has been kept for the sequel.
This time around, the score feels much more developed and makes me wonder why it did not get a regular release and “only“ a limited edition.

“Previously on Jump Street“ is exactly what the name suggests. Mothersbaugh's amazing theme from the first movie in both emotional and heroic variations, and serves as a perfect introduction to the movie and score alike. “Introducing Ghost“ is a nice suspenseful track (with Mothersbaugh‘s main theme serving once more as an introduction) to set up the movie‘s bad guy. The following track, “Truck Gunfight“ immediately caught my eye. It is an intense action track that uses just the right amount of electronics and the heroic main theme to create an amazing action scene. “Infiltrating The Frat House“ reminds us once again that this is a comedy as Mothersbaugh goes all out in an intense spy movie theme that once again proves his talent for combining different aspects into one score. “Separation“ is a tragic moment that uses a variation of the main theme, showing what was so unique about the first score: one theme basically doing the work usually accomplished with several themes (One theme to rule them all...). “Golf Cart Chase“ and “Schmidt Saves Jenko“ once again show the reduced amount of synthetic action and instead relying a lot on orchestral elements with “Lambo Chase“ and “Girl Fight / Beach Fight“ returning to electronics heavy action however this time it manages to keep it below the amount used in the first movie. “Reunited / spring Break“ is an amazing pre-showdown track using the main theme in an emotional way to emphasize on the hero's reunion before turning into an electronic party track that is again just a variation of the main theme.

The entire score feels much more complete and organized in comparison to 21 Jump Street while still feeling similar. Mothersbaugh once again manages to create an amazing experience. His usual use of electronic sounds also present in his score for The Lego Movie are more of an addition to the music and really emphasize on the comedic nature of the movie. This score presents a journey that is simply fun to listen to and makes me hope for a third one.