If there is one thing to expect with any Mike Patton release it is expect the unexpected, yes people will show up at his various gigs whether it be with Tomahawk, Fantomas or his Mondo Cane project and expect Patton to belt out Faith No More standards such as "Epic", "Midlife Crisis" and "Ashes To Ashes", of course each Patton project is unique and no two never intertwine. Recently Patton has turned his hand to scoring movies with much success whether it be the 100 miles an hour score for "Crank High Voltage" or the more string based score for "The Solitude Of Prime Numbers" and his latest score which is for "The Place Beyond The Pines" falls into the latter's category.
If anything his latest score is his darkest yet, once again most of the tracks are short and clocks at just in over a half an hour in length. "Family Trees" has a dark eerie feel to it as it opens with operatic vocals and has a Fantomas feel to its structure. "Forest of Conscience" starts out tame enough before becoming hauntingly dramatic at the 36 second mark, this one is meant for listening to in the dark to give the listener a feel of unease! "The Snow Angel" is a lovely piano piece of music with some good effects thrown in around the track. "Handsome Luke" is the perfect dramatic finale for Patton's score as it features background noises and a big thumping sound to bring it to a climax.
As well as Patton's score the album comes the album comes with four other pieces of music that are used in the movie but not scored by Patton including Bon Iver performing "The Wolves". It is really Patton's score that is the stand out though as it is dark and melodic. If you were a fan of Patton's work on "The Solitude Of Prime Numbers" as well as "A Perfect Place" you will enjoy "The Place Beyond The Pines".