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There Will Be Blood OST [Soundtrack]

Jonny Greenwood Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Dec 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000XA50MK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Open Spaces 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Future Markets 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prospector Arrives 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Eat Him By His Own Light 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Henry Plainview 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. There Will Be Blood 2:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oil 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Proven Lands 1:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. HW/Hope of New Fields 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stranded the Line 2:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Prospector's Quartet 2:570.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Hot on the heels of In Rainbows comes Radiohead's multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood's entirely unrelated project. It's a soundtrack for the latest Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel Day-Lewis movie, There Will Be Blood, based on Upton Sinclair's radical 1927 novel, OIL! The early release of this album, predating the film by almost two months, provides an opportunity for excited speculation as to what the film will be like and whether Anderson is still capable of the form he showed prior to Punch Drunk Love. But the soundtrack is not quite the work in its own right that Aimee Mann's Magnolia was.

It is, however, a development of Greenwood's work as an orchestral composer, following on from his previous work on Bodysong and Popcorn Superhet Receiver (from which this score was developed), and like the latter work, largely undertaken with the Robert Zeigler-led BBC Concert Orchestra, although the tracks on this album recorded with the Emperor Quartet provide some of the piece's more affecting moments.

While some found Greenwood's work on Bodysong moving, others thought the work a little thin and underdeveloped. Much the same can be said of this, although the score ably conjures up the sense of protagonists caught in the grip of powerful economic and social forces, which might be most accurately characterized as greed and doom. It also suggests a film where the landscape itself is a major actor, and quite possibly a malevolent one. The best tracks here summon up the spirit of Penderecki, with "Henry Plainview" a very close relative of his "Threnody To The Victims of Hiroshima". Plangent as There Will Be Blood is, you might be better of going to Penderecki's source, or waiting for PTA's movie. --Tim Nelson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so glittering 4 Feb 2008
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Over the past decade original film scoring has found itself increasingly unrewarding for prospectors hoping for genuinely great scores. Films require more music than ever before (the average score is now around 70 minutes) written in less time than ever before (usually less than a month and often as little as two weeks) and it's become increasingly common for composers to adhere to the temp track of cues from other films put together to give the composer an indication of the kind of score they want. The only difference with Jonny Greenwood's much acclaimed `original score is that in this case the temp track seems to have been made of classical pieces rather than cues written for other films - albeit classical pieces that have seen service in other films. My first thought on hearing it was "Hmm, somebody really likes Pendereki." And my second thought was: and I bet he got hooked on the pieces they used in The Exorcist and The Shining since he seems obsessed with copying them.

It's always rather suspicious when something that's so acclaimed wears its 'influences' quite so obviously, especially since much of what Greenwood brings that's `new' to the table actually derives from his BBC composition Popcorn Superhet Receiver (causing the score to be ruled ineligible for an Oscar nomination, though it's unusual for them to be quite so observant about the lack of original music in the Original Score category). Nonetheless, as a score it has to be said it works rather well, creating a harsh and often alienating soundscape - the things that work against it for many casual listeners on CD - which does make it stand out from much contemporary `comfort' scoring. But for all the hype, there's little here that's new or groundbreaking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful 17 Jun 2011
By Chankos
Format:Audio CD
Contrary to what many of the 3 star reviews of this beautiful soundtrack would have you believe, Jonny Greenwood's score for the incredible "There Will Be Blood" is not some slavish Penderecki rip-off. It would be ridiculous to deny Penderecki's influence on some of these pieces (Greenwood has frequently spoken of his admiration for the composer), yet each track here is firmly imbued with its own identity and never slips into Penderecki's occasionally exhausting penchant for sustained hysteria. Nor is this score to be appreciated solely when watching the film; I have seen "There Will Be Blood" many times and find this soundtrack to be that rare thing: one which can be enjoyed equally as a standalone work.

The fact that Greenwood was able to produce a score embodying the best of his influences whilst never being subsumed by them, let alone one which could stand proudly onscreen alongside selections from Johannes Brahms and Arvo Pärt (not included on this CD) is testament to his burgeoning talents in the classical field. It also begs the question: how many musicians from that world could crossover into the "Rock" arena which Greenwood is more popularly associated with and produce something as good as this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jonny Greenwood and the chamber of secrets 27 Dec 2007
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I approached this album with trepidation given the sleeve states Motion picture soundtrack (Not always an indication of a good listening experience without the Visual element)

However what a great album, it's basically a chamber orchestra for the most part but don't let that put you off either. The music has a 'Radiohead' feel to it as you would expect given the composer but this is so much better that the last 'Radiohead' album.
Favourite tracks for me are 'Henry Plainview' and 'Proven lands'.
Recommended to go out and buy if you like 'Radiohead' or chamber music or both.

Also recommended if you like this Macbeth by the Third Ear Band
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3.0 out of 5 stars A musical genius with a hidden alter-ego 16 Jan 2008
By Mr. J. Milton VINE VOICE
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Without talking about his main project, Radiohead too much, it's nessecary to mention that Jonny Greenwood was extremely busy during the last two years, in the process of making one of the most warm-feeling and revolutionary albums of the 21st century - 'In Rainbows'.
Neverthless somehow he found the time to compose a soundtrack for a film that was only just now received nominations for BAFTA's and is going down as one of the best films released in the last 24 months.
Some of the elements in the 'There Will Be Blood' OST are stunning. The use of strings in the opener and throughout are integral, essential and the one factor that keeps the rest of the songs standing on their own two feet. But ofcourse they're not suited to Radiohead. While Thom Yorke went and recorded all be it a fantastic solo album, but one that was sometimes described as a bunch of Kid A b-sides, Greenwood recorded a project entirely different to the work of his band.
The songs themselves tug at your emotional strings, exchanging feelings of fear and escape in 'Future Markets' and never letting the listener settle into a comfort zone. OST's in my opinion are never something to sit back and listen to, they terrify, horrify the listener in so many ways and Greenwood's is no exception.
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This soundtrack to the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie is a collection of austere modern classical pieces for orchestra and string quartet, enjoyable enough in it's own right. Comparisons to Radiohead are probably inevitable, though not really applicable here: This isn't remotely a rock album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the full soundtrack
This only contains the music by Jonny Greenwood from the motion-picture, there's no album containing the full soundtrack, which is a real shame. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2010 by Andy Heron
5.0 out of 5 stars There Will Be Blood (OST) - Review
I was shocked to see that Jonny Greenwood's score for 'There Will Be Blood' had not garnered more praise on Amazon.co.uk.

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Published on 14 April 2010 by Mr. E. Ayre
3.0 out of 5 stars Intense, idiosyncratic score - not great on its own
This is a peculiar, frenzied soundtrack to one of the most interesting films of recent years. Paul Thomas Anderson's movie saw megalomaniac oil baron Daniel Day-Lewis tangling,... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2010 by R. Burin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good soundtrack, but not like Radiohead
This is a fine soundtrack to a very good film, but it would be a mistake to think that it's going to sound like Radiohead. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by The Fisher Price King
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Greenwood reveals himself to be a truly visionary musician. The compositions fit the tone of the film so perfectly they may well have drilled from the earth.
Published on 9 Dec 2008 by Heather
3.0 out of 5 stars Moody stuff
This is string music from the movie score, with spare arrangements and a suitably menacing tone. It's well crafted stuff but away from the film it doesn't call to me to put the CD... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2008 by Jason Mills
3.0 out of 5 stars There will be blood
Anyone who knows Paul Thomas Anderson's earlier work will know how important the soundtrack is to his vision (becoming almost a fully-fledged character in some scenes). Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2008 by B. Roche
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack
Jonny Greenwood isn't a household name, but it is one of note for anyone with an ear for modern music. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2008 by J. P. Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the many great things about 'There Will Be Blood' on CD format!
I loved 'There Will Be Blood' one of my favourite films of the last 10 years. One of its outstanding features was it music. Read more
Published on 8 April 2008 by N. Fergusson
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
This is, in my opinion, a great soundtrack. The moods generated by the music are at their very best melancholy and tug on the heartstrings, greatly enhanced if you've seen the... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2008 by Ezra L
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