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5.0 out of 5 stars REZNOR & ROSS CREATE HAUNTINGLY ATMOSPHERIC SCORE, 26 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Audio CD)
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross follow up last years Oscar and Golden globe winning score for the "The Social Network" with the score for David Fincher's version of Stieg Larsson's Novel "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". Just like with "The Social Network" Fincher asked Reznor and Ross to provide the score for his latest Film and it proves a wise choice as Reznor and Ross have crafted nearly 3 hours of dark, melodic and haunting music. This score bares no resemblance to their previous work with Fincher. This is after all "The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas" and it's fair to say that Reznor and Ross have crafted a perfect feel for the Film that itself is bleak and cold(It features a lot of snow) in presentation.

Just listening to "She Reminds Me Of You" with it's cold atmospheric feel including the eerie sound of chimes as you can hear a the sound of a guitar droning in the distance, it sets up the rest of the score well. Trent Reznor's wife Mariqueen Maandig Reznor provides Vocal effects on a number of the tracks and is probably best used on "While Waiting" which is as much sinister sounding as it is soothing sounding. "The Seconds Drag" even includes a ticking clock used to good effect. A lot of the time the music creeps up on you such as in "People Lie All The Time" which seems to use a synthesizer sound left over from the eighties before adding a beautiful sounding piano. Even "Pinned and Mounted" starts off tame before changing to add some big sounding beats".

Anybody thinking that Reznor was not going to include some big industrial guitars played over heavy beats can rest assured as on tracks like "A Thousand Details", "Great Bird Of Prey" and "The Heretics" which features a screaming guitar midway through. Then there's "Oraculum" with it's 8 minute running time featuring big synthesized tribal beats. You can even add in the the 7 minute long "Infiltrator" which is an epic piece of music wich features all different types of noise, the kind of thing Reznor does best.

Of course anybody who saw the trailer from earlier this year knows that it includes a cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" sung by Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeah's. They really do the song justice giving it a rocking synth feel full of blazing Guitars and beats. The choice of Karen O to sing the lead was David fincher's idea, she has confessed to not even knowing the song title but she delivers a powerful performance and is quite at home with this sound as anybody who heard the Yeah Yeah yeah's third album "It's Blitz" would testify. "Immigrant Song" starts off the album and another cover version closes it. How To Destroy Angels a band which features Mariqueen Maandig Reznor on vocals as well as Trent reznor and Atticus Ross, they cover Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough" and take it from it's original sounding eighties style to a fresh up to date reworking.

"The Girl With The dragon tattoo" is a wonderfully crafted dark and atmospheric score, it's great for a dark room and a decent pair of headphones as the music sweeps over you. It's hard to really pick pieces of music out and at nearly 3 hours and 39 tracks long it is quite an undertaking to sit and listen to individual pieces but it is well worth it. It's definitely the best score I have heard this year, and after working with Reznor and Ross on his last 2 films it's hard to imagine Fincher getting anybody else to score his movies from here in, as Reznor and Ross have perfectly captured the feel of "The Girl With The Dragon tattoo."
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2011 16:49:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2011 16:50:18 GMT
Zenon says:
"It's definitely the best score I have heard this year..."

Really?! How many scores have you actually heard this year then? One thing is giving this 5 stars because you like the music, but it's far from this year's best film music. I do enjoy Reznor's work to an extent, but this is an awful film score. It works in the movie though, but this music could also be used in any other thriller with same effect, so there is really nothing special about its usage in this movie. Nor it complements the characters and their relationships on screen, nor it tells you anything that's going on in the film, it just drones off for 3 hours. I could've recorded myself brushing my teeth and looped it for 3 hrs with a detuned piano hits and random sound effects mixed in and it would've worked all the same.

Posted on 29 Dec 2011 18:14:59 GMT
Papa P says:
Enjoyed reading your review
Ignore the c*unt above.
Enjoyed the movie, but the opening credits were a little strange for the type of movie didnt you think?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2011 21:10:13 GMT
nin/ja77 says:
Papa P thanks for your comment.

You are right on two counts, yes I ignored the troll above us and the opening credits are a bit of a let down, Don't think they should have used "Immigrant Song", it doesn't really fit. It was great for the trailer though. Also I don't think Fincher can ever top his opening credits for "Seven", he set a new benchmark for opening titles with that Film.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2012 10:17:01 GMT
if you wanted something that tells you whats going on in the film actually go and see the film
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