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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2005
Having seen Donnie Darko many times before, I finally decided to invest in purchasing the score from Michael Andrews and upon doing so I am certainly not disappointed.
The score fits the movie perfectly. Perhaps I would not recommend listening to this CD on its own without prior knowledge of the movie as the music plays a pivotal role in the telling of the story and without the pictures to go with the music one can get rather lost.
One of the more interesting comparisons to Michael Andrews' score for Donnie Darko is with some of Radiohead's later work, from albums such as Kid A and Amnesiac (minus the lyrics, obviously). At times the music is eerie, at times dirty, yet at other times it is simply beautiful. Tracks of note on this digipak edition soundtrack are: Carpathian Ridge (which gives a perfect example of eerie this score can be), Manipulated Living (which contains the well-known 'something's about to happen' theme and Liquid Spear Waltz (which accompanies the sections of the movie involving the computer-generated portals on-screen).
Naturally, the soundtrack CD also includes the legendary "Mad World", featuring Gary Jules, which plays over the characters faces at the end of the movie after the 'event' has occurred.
All in all, I would wholly recommend this score to everybody who enjoyed or was fascinated by the masterpiece-of-a-movie that was Donnie Darko. One word of caution, however: this CD does not feature any of the 80s pop songs features in the film. They are available on a Donnie Darko score/soundtrck double album release, although it costs a fair bit more than this score CD.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
With the exception of Mad World, this album contains only the score from the film Donnie Darko. It does not include the great 80's tunes within the film. The score captures the haunting and mysterious essence of the film but does not make for great listening once detached from the picture in the way a score such as Gladiator does.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2004
While this soundtrack encompasses everything that made the movie surreal and supported the special effects and spirit of the movie, what it really does lack is the music from the 80's brit bands that made such an impression. Don't buy this soundtrack if you expect to hear Tears for fears (head over heels) or Echo and the Bunnymen (killing moon). The short duration of this soundtrack could easily have accomodated this essential music to the film but for, for reasons unknown, was not included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2004
For those looking to capture the emotion of such a great film, this score certainly achieves this. For anyone with an interest in filmmaking and/or sound tracking, this is a great CD for reference. For anyone who likes music with a dark and somewhat eerie music, then I'd certainly recommend. Not really recommended if you're expecting something like the American Pie sound track. If you've seen the film then you'll know if you will like this.
On the down side, which I won't hold against this CD is that the whole score is somewhat short with a total running time of 37:26. Also, while the case is a rather groovy cardboard one with plastic holder, it unfortunately isn't that strong. No shrink wrapping meant the CD wasn't as clean as I'd hoped and the back plastic was cracked in two places. The CD is fine, but the case isn't something you can swap.
Now, instead of spending more time sharing my thoughts, its time to go watch the movie again and try and figure out the ending :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2004
Amazing stuff, great to work to - an awesome mix of the orchestral and electronic, tracks like "The Artifact and Living" are gorgeous and totally stand up as tracks on their own, others like "Manipulated Living" benefit from being either background or turned up loud as hell, on top of all that there's Mad World... buy this and the soundtrack to Amelie for the two best soundtracks of the 21st century so far...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2004
I'm afraid I have to start this review by saying that this is not really the soundtrack of Donnie Darko, it is the score added to it 'Mad World' by Gary Jules. If you like easy-listening music however this album is very, very good. Songs like Gretchen Ross and Cellar Door are quite simply astonishing. The other reason that could make this album essential to your collection is if you've seen the film and enjoyed it. The score captures the essence of the film fabulously and if you get to sit there for an hour and relive the fantastic Donnie Darko experience. Buy it if you like the film. Buy it if you like easy-listening. Run a mile if neither of these apply to you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2004
I severely question the definition of this soundtrack/score as "easy listening" given above. Yes, I'll agree that calling it a "soundtrack" is a bit misleading but the score of the film is fantastic too. My only beef is that the track that plays over Donnie's movie theatre revelation is not on it - this was my favourite track, goddammit! I await a COMPLETE score...
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2004
Contrary to the un-helpful reviews posted already, this soundtrack is brilliant, as is the movie. When you listen to it, you should feel as moved as the movie made you feel. If you loved the movie, you should love the soundtrack. If you appreciate music and the way it makes you feel... It's spot on.
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10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2003
I bought this soundtrack a year or so ago to get a copy of Mad World by Gary Jules. That is a great version of a great song and worth the money alone. However the rest is a movie soundtrack and should be listened to when watching the movie. Without the movie it is tough going. If you want a copy of Mad World buy the single.
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