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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely Awesome
The Soundtrack to The Fountain is an intense, emotional but rewarding experience, but be warned! this is not the run of the mill, orchestral style that seems to permeate movies these days, in an all too predictable way. This is more a case of The kronos Quartet meets Mogwai in a dark alley for a good dust-up. If you are familiar with God Speed You Black Emperor/ A Silver...
Published on 4 Dec 2006 by N. Cannon

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3.0 out of 5 stars So so
I have forgotten why I liked this. Bit dull but brings back memory of the film, reminded of it by ludovico einaudi time lapse
Published 7 months ago by M. Richardson


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely Awesome, 4 Dec 2006
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N. Cannon (UK, London) - See all my reviews
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The Soundtrack to The Fountain is an intense, emotional but rewarding experience, but be warned! this is not the run of the mill, orchestral style that seems to permeate movies these days, in an all too predictable way. This is more a case of The kronos Quartet meets Mogwai in a dark alley for a good dust-up. If you are familiar with God Speed You Black Emperor/ A Silver Mnt Zion's anthemic post rock orchestrations for guitar and strings you will no doubt love whats on offer here.

Clint Mansell lets his inspirations show thru with a few nods to Phillip Glass and the afore mentioned GSYBE. A brooding emotional sound bulds on repeated(in a good way) piano refrains and strings to represent the various story lines present in the film, that gradually build into a stirring, emotional and intense finale on "Death is the road to Awe" The album is worth it just for this track alone.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road to awe, 6 April 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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You can tell a lot about a movie by its soundtrack -- comedies get cute pop tunes, action gets harder stuff, and drama has somber compositions.

But the exquisite genre-bender "Fountain" was graced with a sweeping, celestial collection of songs, which were a collaboration between composer Clint Mansell's group, the Kronos Quartet, and the Scottish experimental group Mogwai. It's filled with the sorrow of death, the joy of love, and all the feeling that music can muster.

It opens with a gentle piano solo, which trickles into a web of slow, ominous strings. "The Last Man" opens the album on a somber note, and moves down the emotional scale from jagged unhappiness to a gentle, slightly achy sound. As it blossoms out into a rising violin solo, your heart will be breaking.

Then it dips into more uncomfortable turf -- the eerie "Holy Dread," with its hints of chants, dark drums and rattly noises, and the shimmering swirling guitars of "Tree of Life." But then Mansell and Mogwai move back into the orchestral mood -- sweeping, shimmering melodies with a sort of spacey feel, and dark-edged neoclassical instrumentals.

It rises to a heart-pounding climax in "Death is the Road To Awe," with the music getting louder and more intense, and picking up tempo... before exploding into what sounds like an angelic rock song. The final song is very different in tone -- very quiet, mellow and almost happy.

Well, Darren Aronofsky's movie is full of death, war, sorrow, love, space travel, and immortality. Somehow it's not too surprising that a normal soundtrack wouldn't do, and that a mixture of neoclassical instrumentals and space-rock are needed to really accentuate the beauty on the screen.

The music is full of emotion -- sorrow, yearning, love, pain, and loneliness, climaxing in the exultant chorale and explosively soaring "Death is the Road...". To achieve this, Mansell uses some pretty simple instrumentation, with some sort of ambient melodies played with classical instrumentation. He layers plenty of shimmering strings and rippling piano into a sweeping web, and adds in some odd electronic sounds and some tribal drums for atmosphere.

Best of all? Though the soundtrack mirrors the development of the movie's events, it can be enjoyed on its own merits, for its own beauty, and not just for way it makes you think of what happened in the movie.

One of the best things about "The Fountain" is that soaring, emotion-packed soundtrack, which is almost as good on its own as it is with Aronofsky's movie. An exquisite, powerful experience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect music for a superb film, 22 May 2007
This review is from: The Fountain (Audio CD)
Very rarely do films scores so perfectly match the film they are intended for and this score for the excellent film 'The Fountain' is one of those rare occasions. It's rare for even part of a film score to move me, but this one managed it time and time again.

Absolutely wonderful in all ways possible. Even if you couldn't get to grips with the film then at least give the score a try. It's well worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply mind blowing, 3 Jan 2008
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While I liked the Darren Aronofsky film quite a lot - and its certainly not as bad as most people would like you to believe - there is simply no denying that Clint Mansell's soundtrack is the best thing in it. As with his previous collaboration with Aronofsky for Requiem for a Dream, this is outstanding, managing to complement the film without distracting from the stunning visuals. Masterful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting, 15 July 2013
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A beautiful score by Clint Mansell, performed by the kronos quartet... if you love the movie, it will be hard to listen to this without feeling profoundly moved. Superb. Haunting. I love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 10 Jun 2013
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Love the film
Love the soundtrack
Love the product.
Note: It comes in a card cover rather than the traditional plastic CD cases but I prefer this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect soundtrack..., 16 Aug 2013
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Every tone reflects the impressions of the breathtaking movie and the other way around...it is a perfect soundtrack for a brilliant movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring, Moving, Beautiful, 6 Feb 2011
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S. F. Woolhouse (UK) - See all my reviews
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I'm probably biased as I already love Mansell's stuff (especially Moon OST) but this is quite fantastic stuff. Brilliantly slow building pieces that convey awe and wonder. The combination of the Kronos Q and Mogwai is genius. Essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enthralling, wonderful music, 24 July 2012
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Whether you have seen the film or not, the soundtrack to The Fountain is beautiful. Those who have seen the film will know what I mean!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A big fountain., 18 July 2011
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The music is really good and the players too. It's a good quartet. If you want to relax, that's what you are looking for.
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