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This review is from: There Will Be Blood OST (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?