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Only God Forgives [VINYL] [Soundtrack]

Cliff Martinez Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (29 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan
  • ASIN: B00COQU04O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Only God Forgives
2. Ask Him Why He Killed My Brother
3. Chang And Sword
4. Chang Vision
5. Do As Thou Will
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Crystal Checking In
2. More Hands
3. Sister Part 1
4. Leave My Son In Peace
5. Falling In Love - Cliff Martinez & Rahta Phongam
Disc: 3
1. Take It Off
2. Crystal And The Bodybuilders
3. Ladies Close Your Eyes
Disc: 4
1. Bride Of Chang
2. Wanna Fight
3. You're My Dream - Proud

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 12 Nov 2013
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This is a strange, surreal film reminiscent of David Lynch's work and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. The music is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing songs 18 Aug 2013
By Ben
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loved the film and the sond trak takes u bake ther amazing songs it looks beautiful to red and blue see thru vinyl
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Martinez does it again 17 July 2013
By Terrence A. - Published on Amazon.com
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Regardless of what you've heard from people who either loved or hated the film in their reviews, one thing remains certain. Nearly every review comments on the film's music, calling it one of the single best things about the film.

If you liked composer Cliff Martinez's work on Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive", then I'm sure that you'll love what he's done with the score for "Only God Forgives", the second (and hopefully not the last) Refn/ Ryan Gosling collaboration. The music is dark and foreboding, equal parts electronica and orchestral painted in shades of general easiness. As of this writing, the film has not been released stateside but I can attest that the music goes perfect with the visuals we've seen so far in the trailers and photos made available. Many of the tracks have an appropriate sounding Asian flair to them, perfect to accompany one's travels through the neon lit streets of Thailand at night, where anything or anyone can be around any corner or behind any doorway. There are parts of the score where horns are employed, helping to establish a common link to old school film scores like Bernard Hermann's "Taxi Driver" and
noir films from back in the day.

In fact, I'd put this one right up there with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", one of my absolute favorite scores of the last five years. Both share a sparse but undeniable presence and help create a palpable sense of dread and doom. There are also a couple of karaoke style songs here to add to the mix, a couple of which you've probably already heard in the trailer. This review reflects the deluxe version of the soundtrack, which has an extra six songs including a dynamite remix of the track, "Bride of Chang" by Mac Quayle (the original is also included). The deluxe version is definitely the one to get.

If you like dark, moody stuff then by all means, pick this up. I highly doubt you'll regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only God Forgives 18 July 2013
By C. Loescher - Published on Amazon.com
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While Cliff Martinez is no stranger to psychologically and emotionally heavy film scoring, his recent works Arbitrage and The Company You Keep have been angled more towards the withdrawn or despondent end of the musical spectrum. 2011's Contagion and Drive remain Martinez's most bleak and morose scores in the last ten years, favoring oppressive, almost apocalyptic themes atop the tried-and-true atmosphere for which Martinez is known. Fitting, therefore, that Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn again chose Martinez to score his next project, this year's Only God Forgives. A dark tale of vengeance set in the harsh Bangkok underground, the narrative of Only God Forgives prompted Martinez to revert to the scathing, austere environment displayed on the score for Refn's Drive and its sonic cousin Contagion. Along the way, Martinez introduces some interesting and uncharacteristic qualities that lend Only God Forgives its own musical identity.

Second track "Ask Him Why He Killed My Brother" begins to unveil the score's primary musical theme, as an eerie, mysterious, and dreamy wash of keyboard receives a tonal injection of Thai influence, almost immediately granting the score a harrowing and alien vibe. "Chang and Sword" is ultimately where the theme shines, however, containing shaky feedback hearkening back to Contagion layered with Martinez's trademark echoing guitar effects, along with a pulsing melody that reminds slightly of the less perturbing moments of Clint Mansell's Requiem for a Dream. Later cues "Take It Off" and "Leave My Son in Peace" develop the theme further, the former layering it with heavy yet hollow ambient feedback, and the latter with quick rhythmic percussion funneling into astral, hypnotic guitar motes. Finally, on "Bride of Chang," Martinez thrusts forward the primary motif with insistence, allowing the guitar to take the foreground with the same alien-sounding effects before being yanked back with a lush and forceful organ melody.

More tumultuous elements also present themselves on the album, at some times pushing Only God Forgives close to the horror film score realm. "Do as Thou Will" piles low, stifling and dreadful horns atop one another, bringing to mind the tactile and onerous nature of Jason Graves's Tomb Raider and some of the droning passages of Akira Yamaoka's Silent Hill compositions, before being drenched by the often-reappearing gothic taste of the aforementioned organ. "More Hands" offers a disturbing and discordant string/bass combination before melting into a nervous and no less affecting din. The monolithic eight-minute "Ladies Close Your Eyes" powerfully encapsulates the more malevolent nature of the score, immediately assaulting with dissonant feedback and low, disturbing bass, resembling an aural drop into a dark, deserted hell a la David Julyan's The Descent, complete with harrowing noise effects and pummeling drums cascading over panic-stricken strings before coming to rest upon the more reserved Martinez-style mysticism of prior tracks.

The remainder of the score actually contains the most impassioned work of all. "Chang Vision" weaves a string-based tapestry with wavering volume before entering ambient keyboard territory, a soothing track illuminated by an aura of anxiety. "Sister Part I," actually composed by M83's Anthony Gonzalez (but performed by Martinez), is right at home and on par with Martinez's delicate material on Arbitrage and The Company You Keep, containing simple, drifting and melancholic Tangerine Dream-style synth, a track whose pale gloom is overshadowed only by its murky beauty. "Wanna Fight," however, takes top honors as the album's best tune, an electronic synth track immediately recalling the magnificence of Brad Fiedel's The Terminator and recent outings like Power Glove's score for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon; its loud opening foray simmers to the background twice, each time given a rest in favor of Martinez's guitar or heavy-handed organ.

Only God Forgives is Cliff Martinez's return to form, not in the literal sense, but in the darker thematic sense last explored with Drive and Contagion. A wading in the forlorn waters of Solaris, Arbitrage, and The Company You Keep this is not, but Only God Forgives will manage to satisfy many a Martinez fan as it meanders back and forth between those works' brooding ambient-style passages and more disconcerting material both rancorous and ethnically-tinged. Only God Forgives is yet another confident and accomplished entry in Cliff Martinez's musical catalog.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only God Forgives - Original Soundtrack 16 July 2013
By JMM - Published on Amazon.com
As a fan of Cliff Martinez the film composer, I anxiously awaited his next collaboration with director Nicolas Winding Refn (the two worked on "Drive" previously). The music for "Only God Forgives" provides a wonderful ambiance and atmosphere to the film. It's one of those low-key scores where the music does its job, but not in a way that calls attention to itself. I recommend this soundtrack, but would advise you to sample it first to make sure it's compatible with your personal taste.

FAVORITE TRACKS
[1] Only God Forgives
[15] Bride of Chang
[16] Wanna Fight

*Please Note: There are two versions of this album - the regular edition has 17 tracks, and the Deluxe edition has 23 tracks. I'd recommend the Deluxe edition, because I think the six bonus tracks are high quality and worth owning.

If you like this album, here are some past movie scores by Cliff Martinez that I think you'll also enjoy:
Contagion: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Company You Keep [+digital booklet]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immediately after seeing the film in the theater... 23 Sep 2013
By T. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I knew that I wanted to buy the soundtrack as soon as I got home! It doesn't disappoint! If you liked the movie at all... you'll love the soundtrack. Even better than the Drive soundtrack.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense soundtrack 5 May 2014
By Travis Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Well put together, I really enjoyed having the karaoke track on here. I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but thoroughly enjoyed this album in the end.
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