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4.0 out of 5 stars Caught behind musical bars and fences, 10 Feb 2006
Concidering the musical explosions and outbursts Nick Cave his crew of Bad Seeds can cause during a performance, this soundtrack to the John Hillcoat movie is surprisingly understated and nihilistic. It’s an atmospherical and moody mix of dimmed music, seemingly lost voice-overs and eerie soundscapes.
The story is set in a futuristic maximum security prison and listening to the soundtrack you can almost hear the electrical wires buzz. There is a tension that never lets go through out the whole album and that can’t be said of most thriller- and horror scores, not even from the so called ‘great names’ in the genre.
High pitched flutes, flares really, are scarcely dropped through out the movie, giving us the creepy feeling of total alienation. The soundscapes on the cd are as desolate as the landscape in which the movie’s prison is standing. One could even speak of a ‘sense of otherworldy’, for both movie and score gives us the strange feeling that the rest of the world, the Common Sense World that is, is gone, and we have become as much a prisoner as the movie characters have and that there is really... really... no way out....
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