The Dark Knight
Label: Warner Sunset/Warner Records
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard collaborate on this grand, unusually moody score to Christopher Nolan's second masterful revision of the Batman franchise. Whether Zimmer and Howard worked together or on separate pieces, this truly is a unified whole (orchestral helicopter noises flit in and out of many pieces), and the nine-minute opener, "Why So Serious?," is a real stunner. The "Dark Knight" theme is almost as strong and "Watch the World Burn" is an embered beauty -- gee, haven't popcorn pictures gotten cheery lately?