With a long history of storytelling, Tim Burton has turned to Danny Elfman in almost every instance to find the right music. And Elfman has never been wrong! Edward Scissorhands is the perfect example!
Not only does the album clearly set the mood of the film, but it also reflects the darker and lighter sides of the human nature. The Opening Theme is a haunting and brillinat masterpiece. It is quite possibly his best written theme, because it so beautifully sets viewers in the world of Edward. From there, the remainder of the first "half" of the soundtrack takes off into a more or less light-hearted jog through Edward's contact with the "real" world.
The album is divided into two main sections, much like chapters in a book. This is genius in its own right, because it is clear that both Burton and Elfman want everyone to know that the story of Edward is a fairy tale. The second half of the album takes listeners into the darkness of fear and rejection. As Edward is slowly exiled from the only world he has known (besides the isolated castle and inventor), he becomes confused and those around him become hostile. All of this is clearly conveyed in the tracks of "Poor Edward!"
Finally, is the addition of "With These Hands," which is sung by legend Tom Jones. The song would have been fine on a Jones solo album, but it seems awkward included on this soundtrack. It does not fit, and despite the film's obvious symbolism and focus on hands, the song should have been left off. The brilliant way Burton and Elfman created the world of Edward and the hand symbolism did not need to be muddled by this track.