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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Just Music
  • ASIN: B00FC05P76
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Do It With a RockstarAmanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra 4:28Album Only
Listen  2. The FieldJon Hopkins 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The RiverJon Hopkins 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rain and AshJon Hopkins 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The HawkJon Hopkins 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Distant FireJon Hopkins0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nightfall / Love ThemeJon Hopkins 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Taken AwayJon Hopkins 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Home (Jon Hopkins Remix)Daughter 3:04Album Only
Listen10. EscapeJon Hopkins 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Forest / Plane WreckJon Hopkins 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. GatesfieldJon Hopkins 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. HuntedJon Hopkins 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lost Map / The HawkJon Hopkins 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. How I Live NowJon Hopkins 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Garden's HeartNatasha Khan & Jon Hopkins 3:53Album Only

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Original Soundtrack by Mercury Award winner/nominee Jon Hopkins. 'How I Live Now' is the big-screen adaptation of the award-winning young-adult novel by Meg Rosoff, directed by acclaimed Academy-Award winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, Marley, The Last King of Scotland) and starring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Hanna) as Daisy. London based Jon Hopkins, a classically trained pianist who has collaborated with Coldplay and Brian Eno amongst others, received a Ivor Novello nomination for his score for the Sci-Fi classic, 'Monsters' and he also co-wrote with Brian the music for 'The Lovely Bones'. He also scored the Andrew Douglas/Bryan Singer feature film 'You Want Me to Kill Him'. 'How I Live Now' features the single 'Garden's Heart' by Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) & Jon Hopkins, a Jon Hopkins Remix of Daughter's 'Home' and Amanda Palmer's 'Do It With A Rockstar'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen on 15 Nov. 2013
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While I am listening to this album I have to keep in mind that it is a soundtrack and some tracks are contradictory to my overall listening experience.
I do agree with the first reviewer about tracks 1 and 9. I would add track 16 as well - all three, for me, are difficult to integrate as a whole piece of work. Otherwise musical ideas of Jon Hopkins translate very well without the movie narrative.

My favourite tracks are 2. 3. 7. 14. and 15. The Hawk is hauntingly beautiful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Hughes on 9 Oct. 2013
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The first track is just awful, but oh my word, the rest is amazing. THE most beautiful and moving music, can't stop listening to it on my headphones. Just wish some of the tracks were much longer. Daughter's 'Home' is ace, but spoils the flow a bit for me.
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By cassandra on 31 Dec. 2013
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When I found out this was being made into a movie I was so excited but didn't think much about what the score would be like as I don't usually like war theamed soundtracks but once I seen it and heard this hauntingly beautiful music I had to buy it. Well done Jon Hopkins. The remixed daughter track is really good to. It also includes one of my favourite female artists Bat for Lashes to. Can't fault it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Headphone Commute Review 13 April 2014
By Headphone Commute - Published on
I was musing this morning on the difference between listening to a soundtrack and a whole album. Conceptually, both contain a cohesive body of work, although in soundtracks a particular melody may recur throughout, in its various forms and permutations. The latter adds a theme to an hour-long journey which nicely ties it from beginning to the end. And although a lot of music that I listen to can be classified as ‘emotional’, soundtracks tend to capture more of this feeling, often sending the listener on a roller coaster ride, full of dynamic and rhythmic ups and downs. This is especially true for the latest score by Jon Hopkins for How I Live Now, a 2013 film by Kevin Macdonald, adapted from the same titled young adult novel by Meg Rossoff. It is also interesting to compare this particular release to Hopkins’ latest magnum opus, titled Immunity (Domino, 2013), which has captured many critics’ hearts, as well as a slot on Headphone Commute’s Best of 2013 lists.

The music on the soundtrack is gentle, soothing and even fragile at times. There is plenty of closely-miked piano, strings, shuffling beats and a delicate touch of synthesized and post-processed sounds. The beauty of one melody can slowly recede, dissolve and even blend into another emotion. Suddenly the bass palpitates, and as one thought takes over another, the tempo picks up, along with the heartbeat pulsating in your veins. Soon a whirlpool of sound swallows all sentiment whole, finally releasing the passion in one single sigh, as if one final breath. Now atmospheric darkness cloaks the passage, and somewhere behind a wooden door, the piano shares its troubles with a couple of consoling violins.

Featuring some of his darkest, most nihilistic work to date, the score is built from two contrasting elements – atonal, sub-terrestrial drones with a backbone of pounding rhythms, and sublimely pastoral acoustic piano. These two opposing musical forces guide the viewer through the film, by turns disturbing and beautifully meditative.

I haven’t seen the film or read the book nor know the story, but from the music it is obvious that pure sorrow, agitation, and finally melancholy, dominate the plot of How I Live Now. In a way, the OST feels like an extension to Immunity (which is why I brought it up earlier), and on many of my rotations serves as a follow up in the queue. It’s one of those remarkable feats that clearly demonstrates its single origin of both, sound and mind.

Throughout the recording, Hopkins is always in control of sound. He knows, for example, that no instrument in an entire orchestra can make a rolling frequency thump, and so a deep [somehow organic sounding] bass is used to punctuate the rhythm. The glitchy electronica and dropping beats are replaced with warm organic ambiance and short poetic piano pieces. And yet among the few electronic elements appearing throughout the score, I’d still attempt to classify this work as modern classical in genre. The soundtrack is available on Just Music, an independent label from London, which has already published a few Hopkins works, including the acclaimed Insides (Domino, 2009).
... que/list for some time and I finally decided towatch it. I was immediately struck a familiar and ... 23 Aug. 2014
By Flashback - Published on
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The movie has been in my que/list for some time and I finally decided to watch it. I was immediately struck a familiar and dark soundtrack that put the hook in me. I did not confirm my suspicion that the composer was Jon Hopkins until the end credits. I spent the next half hour trying to find Briony Tallis in Daisy only to realize how much Saoirse Ronan has transformed over the years. The movie is as might be expected, dark, terrifying and beautiful, all at once. The soundtrack is as essential to the film as light and it helps to build the mood and open space that one sees in the film. From soft and delicate, dreamy, to hard and percussive. (Another reviewer was much more articulate than I am able in the posted review.) It is a beautifully textured body of music and probably one of my most favorite by Jon Hopkins. This is the kind of music that brings back all of the images from the movie and many of its own creation. Hopkins won me over with his soundtrack for "Monsters". Hooked me again with this. I purchased the soundtrack within five minutes of the end of the film. Nothing impulsive there - just ear candy.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
totally sweet music 17 Jun. 2014
By Taylor Clifton - Published on
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The music composed for this movie goes so perfectly along with every motion and scene of it. I just loved it. It's very thoughtful stuff.
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Saw the movie! 29 April 2014
By Buttercuptrina - Published on
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Saw the movie, bought the sound track! Love the music! Loved the movie as well! Maybe that is next on my list.
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