I'm on point for a Friday viewing of the film (can't wait!), but I picked up The Simpsons Movie soundtrack today. Clocking in at a little over forty minutes, this one is a short albeit enjoyable listen. This is Zimmer in orchestral-comedic mode, and so far it's working for me. There is, of course, the wider cinematic soundscape, as pronounced by the heavier, more weighty instrumentation and use of choir -- but the softer tonality adheres pretty closely to Alf Clausen's "incidental" composing style from the TV series, giving it a sense of familiarity. Zimmer does Elfman's theme justice, from the pound-for-pound recreation in the opening track to its several variations (some subtle, many quite epic) throughout. The movie-exclusive's main theme serves as something of an extention to the Elfman theme, and while it's a little more sillier and a bit less edgier than said famous theme, it does carry its presence throughout the score.
And then there are the four "stand-out" tracks, verily different from the rest of the album's flavor, which at least demands one to sit up and pay attention. "Release The Hounds" is the best of the quartet selection; smokin' surf-rock meets Stray Cats with sensibilities pointing to nothing but absolute coolness. "Bart's Doodle" is unabashedly self-aware in its whimsical-soaked 'la-la' driven vocal-fest, and it's not hard to figure out what "Spider-Pig" is parodying, making it both at once satirically hilarious and unsettlingly creepy. And I'm going to venture a guess that "Recklessly Impulsive" covers at least part of the end credits; it's a techno-trance reprisal of the movie-exclusive's main theme, which although makes a pretty spiffy listen (it's much better than what Tiesto attempted to do with the PoTC remixes), it might have been even better to integrate the Elfman theme in the mix as well.