Music of Batman: Arkham City

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Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. Two music albums were released alongside the game: Batman: Arkham City – Original Video Game Score which contains the game's original score by Nick Arundel and Ron Fish and Batman: Arkham City – The Album containing songs by various mainstream artists.

Batman: Arkham City – Original Video Game Score[edit]

Batman: Arkham City – Original Video Game Score
Batman Arkham City OVGS cover.jpeg
Film score by Nick Arundel and Ron Fish
Released October 18, 2011 (2011-10-18)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 52:50
Label WaterTower Music

The Batman: Arkham City – Original Video Game Score was released on October 18, 2011, by WaterTower Music. The album features 19 tracks composed for the game.[1] Ron Fish and Nick Arundel, composers for Batman: Arkham Asylum, returned to write music for Arkham City.[2][3]

No. Title Contributing artist(s) Length
1. "Arkham City Main Theme"   Nick Arundel 2:47
2. "Sorry, Boys"   Nick Arundel 1:49
3. "A Monument to Your Failure"   Ron Fish 1:56
4. "Have You Got My Location"   Nick Arundel 4:20
5. "This Court Is Now in Session"   Nick Arundel 2:16
6. "It Was The Joker"   Nick Arundel 2:19
7. "I Think You Should Do as He Says"   Nick Arundel 2:35
8. "Refusal Will Not Be Tolerated"   Nick Arundel 2:44
9. "Wham! Gotcha!"   Nick Arundel 3:29
10. "Let's Hear Him Squeal"   Nick Arundel 3:01
11. "I Know What You Guys Are Thinking"   Nick Arundel 3:34
12. "It's Initiation Time"   Nick Arundel 1:59
13. "What's He Doing Here?"   Nick Arundel 2:14
14. "How Does It Feel, Pig?"   Nick Arundel 2:19
15. "Call Him Off"   Nick Arundel 4:36
16. "You Should Have Listened to My Warning"   Nick Arundel 2:10
17. "You Need to Think This Through"   Nick Arundel 2:43
18. "Bring Her Back to Me"   Ron Fish 2:08
19. "It's Not Even Breakfast"   Nick Arundel & Ron Fish 3:51
Total length:
52:50

Batman: Arkham City – The Album[edit]

Batman: Arkham City - The Album
Batman Arkham City The Album cover.jpeg
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
Genre Soundtrack
Label WaterTower Music
Producer Rishi Shah

To accompany the original score, WaterTower Music also published Batman: Arkham City – The Album, featuring musical contributions to the franchise by various artists. The album was digitally released worldwide on October 4, 2011, via major electronic retailers iTunes and Amazon MP3. The iTunes deluxe edition included a portion of Arundel & Fish's original video game score 14 days before its standalone release.[4] A physical audio CD release accompanied the digital version.[5] The Batman: Arkham City Collector's Edition is also to include The Album via digital redemption, featuring an additional exclusive track.[6] All 11 tracks were included on CD from retailer Best Buy.[7]

On their contribution to the album, Claudio Sanchez from Coheed and Cambria said "I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed and Cambria, but Batman has a much larger, defined history and rules that go along with it" and that "my goal was to find universal themes from Batman's existing history to help give the lyrics legs and dimension so that the song could live within that world".[8] Panic! at the Disco's involvement with the album was publicised on their website on September 22, 2011, with the announcement of their track "Mercenary".[9]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
IGN (7/10)[10]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[11]
Seattle PI 1.5/3 stars[12]
Some Kind of Awesome 3/5 stars[13]
No. Title Contributing artist(s) Length
1. "Mercenary"   Panic! at the Disco 2:41
2. "Deranged"   Coheed and Cambria 4:26
3. "Creature"   The Duke Spirit 2:32
4. "Shadow on the Run"   Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 4:48
5. "Afterdark"   Blaqk Audio 4:26
6. "Oh, Stranger"   The Raveonettes 3:19
7. "The Years"   Crosses 4:01
8. "Trophy Widow"   The Damned Things 3:45
9. "Drown in You"   Daughtry 4:22
10. "Losing You"   The Boxer Rebellion 3:34
11. "Total Paranoia"   Serj Tankian 2:56
Collector's edition bonus track
No. Title Contributing artist(s) Length
12. "In the Shadow"   A Place to Bury Strangers 3:10
iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks (from the Original Video Game Score)
No. Title Contributing artist(s) Length
12. "Arkham City Main Theme"   Nick Arundel 2:47
13. "This Court Is Now in Session"   Nick Arundel 2:16
14. "I Think You Should Do as He Says"   Nick Arundel 2:35
15. "I Know What You Guys Are Thinking"   Nick Arundel 3:34
16. "Call Him Off"   Nick Arundel 4:36
17. "You Should Have Listened to My Warning"   Nick Arundel 2:10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Batman: Arkham City - Original Videogame Score". Watertower Music. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Sainsbury, Danny (August 23, 2010). "The Music of Batman: Arkham City". GameInformer. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ron Fish music". Ron Fish music. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "iTunes – Music – Batman: Arkham City (Deluxe Edition) by various artists". Itunes.apple.com. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bros, Warner. "Batman: Arkham City – The Album: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Batman: Arkham City – The Album". Watertower-music.com. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Batman: Arkham CityOriginal Soundtrack – CD". Bestbuy.com. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Repasky, Timothy (September 6, 2011). "Batman: Arkham City Gets Original Album". GameInformer. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ ""Mercenary" Premiere From The Batman: Arkham City Soundtrack". Panic! At The Disco. September 22, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ IGN review. Music.ign.com. Retrieved on June 25, 2012.
  11. ^ Alternative Press review. Altpress.com (October 4, 2011). Retrieved on June 25, 2012.
  12. ^ Allred, Cray. (October 5, 2011) Seattle review. Seattlepi.com. Retrieved on June 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Some Kind of Awesome review. Somekindofawesome.com (October 9, 2011). Retrieved on June 25, 2012.