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The Quiet American (OST) Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000079BFV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Quiet American
2. Saigon 1952
3. Pyle's Best Friend/Asking For A Divorce
4. Drive Up Holy Mountains/The General
5. Brother's In Arms
6. Escape From Watchtower/Dreams Of Phuong
7. Death In The Square
8. Fowler's Temptation
9. The Quiet American (Piano Solo)
10. The Ritual Of Revenge
11. Do You Still Miss Him?
12. End Titles (Nothing In This World)

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BBC Review

The Quiet American was very nearly hushed up altogether. Based on Graham Greene's novel set in 1950s Vietnam, the film portrays US complicity in terrorism to protect its own interests, a story with uncomfortable resonances for modern America. Its release was delayed by over a year following September 11, and then kept distinctly low-key. The soundtrack has also had a chequered life, issued half-heartedly four months behind the film.

Which is a pity, for this is imaginative work by the versatile Scot Craig Armstrong. A classical and pop composer collaborating with the likes of Madonna, Armstrong has scored some of the most musically interesting films of recent years. Credits include The Bone Collector, William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Magdalene Sisters.

Armstrong's work with director Baz Luhrmann informs his score for The Quiet American. He dissolves generic boundaries, splicing the elegant orchestration of the period romance and the pace of the thriller with a dash of world-cinema ethnicity. Tinkling piano and strings are overlaid with vernacular vocals, ethnic drums and flutes with synthesizers.

These electronic rhythms are an important part of the films strategy of joining the dots between Vietnamese history and current Western foreign policy. Deployed at moments of conflict and climax - such as "The Ritual of Revenge" - they generate a musical illusion of contemporaneity.

Above this textured backdrop levitates the voice of Vietnamese-born Hong Nhung, part opera, part other-world, heard to spectacular effect in the feisty Saigon 1952. The soundtrack culminates with her modern rock vocal, "Nothing In This World", making the connection between French Vietnam and the present day complete.

Despite the relentlessly doomy plot, the score is mercifully varied. For the romantic strands, there are intimate piano whispers such as the eponymous "The Quiet American." In moments of crisis and conflict "Death in the Square", for one there is a headlong pile-up of native drums and ominous echoes.

This soundtrack is resourceful, driven and enjoyable to listen to. And there's no need to keep quiet about that. --Morag Reavley

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "martagrimes" on 7 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Craig Armstrong was chosen to score Graham Greene's novel about American's in the Vietnam conflict "The Quiet American", starring Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser and Do Thi Hai Yen. Directed by Phillip Noyce, this film deals with a British Journalist, his girlfriend and an American in the medical field. All become a triangle within a CIA operative, things get sticky but the score by Armstrong is dynamic. Armstrong's opening cue "The Quiet American", theme emphasis the full-fledged love triangle in the middle of Vietnam. Twists of nail-biting intrigue offers danger and suspense with "SAIGON 1952", "THE RITUAL OR REVENGE" and "ESCAPE FROM WATCHTOWER", arrangements, orchestration and performances by Metro Voices Choir are effective in conveying the struggles of the times. Hong Nhung vocals are beautifully traditional within the framework of the score and storyline. Performances on all twelves tracks are haunting with melodic counterparts and underscore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yes! this is a cd that finaly encompases all the emotions created by the film. The opening track fills the air with supense and in other parts of the CD the delicate piano motifs make this CD great for relaxing to. This does not however mean that it is easy listening, as there are many interesting features in the music. It fuses ethnic sounds including voices as in the second track with contemporary beats and instruments. The rich string backings on many of the tracks add a sense of depth which is rarely achieved by many Cd's at the moment. It is comparable with such soundtracks as 'The mission' and 'The English Patient'. These 12 tracks are guarenteed to get to you watch the film (if you havent already).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"Craig Armstrong~Hong Nhung~Metro Voices Choir~Wonderful" 14 Mar. 2003
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Craig Armstrong was chosen to score Graham Greene's novel about American's in the Vietnam conflict ~ "The Quiet American", starring Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser and Do Thi Hai Yen. Directed by Phillip Noyce, this film deals with a British Journalist, his girlfriend and an American in the medical field. All become a triangle within a CIA operative, things get sticky but the score by Armstrong is dynamic. Armstrong's opening cue "The Quiet American", theme emphasis the full-fledged love triangle in the middle of Vietnam. Twists of nail-biting intrigue offers danger and suspense with "SAIGON 1952" ~ "THE RITUAL OR REVENGE" and "ESCAPE FROM WATCHTOWER", arrangements, orchestration and performances by Metro Voices Choir are effective in conveying the struggles of the times. Hong Nhung vocals are beautifully traditional within the framework of the score and storyline. Performances on all twelves tracks are haunting with melodic counterparts and underscore.
Total Time: 48:02 on 12 Tracks ~ Varese Records 302-066-426-2 ~ (3/04/2003)
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Passionate and Haunting 7 Mar. 2003
By o dubhthaigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Full of forboding, as the times and the setting of this story surely were, this soundtrack to the masterpiece film is a superb achievement. The story concerns the decaying European presence and lurking American infiltration as the tragedy in Viet Nam began its climactic epoch. The film is based on Graham Greene's novel that set out a parable of how first European and then North American interests set about exploiting the intoxicating beauty that is Viet Nam and her people. As such, it was banned in the US for a long time. Most of my Viet Namese friends read this book translated as "The Sinister American", and so it is.
The music evocatively conveys the intrigues, the languor, the duplicities that flow underneath the surface of this story. Through the music, the incredible voice of Hong Nhung floats in and out, subtley conveying the sense that the Viet Namese are aware and counting out time until the moment is pregnant.
Viet Namese singers like Hong or Huong Thanh are forces of sublime passion to be reckoned with and Craig Armstrong beautifully and seamlessly integrates and weaves the seductive magic of these voices and the traditions from which they sprang into this compelling soundtrack.
Viet Nam is not all Martin Sheen and Marlin Brando, Oliver Stone and Stanley Kubrik. In fact these latter day westerners were just another in the parade of those who woul like to sleep with Viet Nam and walk away self-satisfied. The Viet Namese bid their time. Their cultural take on what happened is advanced by this film and this music.
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Nice Score 7 Mar. 2004
By Manu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not one of Armstrong's best (for that just check Plunkett&Mcleane or Kiss of the Dragon), but really beautiful in its most part. Excellent drums arrangemens mixed with orchestra and a exotic voice, as usual in Armstrong music.
Good Sonic Blend of the Organic and Digital. 3 Oct. 2008
By A. Gift For You - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After several viewings, I found that the music thoughout this film greatly influenced my viewing enjoyment. It is very important that the score from a film such as this contain the traditional music of it's prevailing culture. Armstrong has nicely combined this element with synthetic percussion to create a melancholy, introspective (albeit short)work with foreboding undertones and uses the (good but not great) ending vocal track to give the listener a small sense of hope.
Surprisingly good 4 April 2013
By Carlos G. Perez-garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this score cos I am a big fan of Craig Armstrong and never saw movie before, and is an incredible score, now I waana see the movie.
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