Craig Armstong proves once again why he's on the speed-dial of every major Hollywood studio. The man could not compose a bad piece of music even if he tried. Not since Anne Dudley have these shores offered up such a world class talent and the similarities don't end there. Armstrong's instinctive and delicate handling of strings has no equal except the aforementioned Dudley and I feel very lucky to have found both at the beginning of their careers so I can follow their work throughout.
Any fan of Craig Armstrong will love this haunting and evocative soundtrack. Brilliant composition and orchestration show just how far the composer has come since his early work. Sit back and enjoy his best work to date
This emotive musical score blends in perfectly with Oliver Stone's sensitive film - a film that focuses on survival, hope, compassion and humanity - not the moments that horrified a watching world on 9/11.
The gifted Craig Armstrong - shows true ability in composing music that ultimately adds to the moment. Thankfully, there are no brash arrangements to depict an action scene - because technically, none are portrayed in the film. It's more to do with the aftermath (after the collapse of the Twin Towers) - concentrating on those affected by such tragic circumstances. This is where the soundtrack works so well with the use of subtle string arrangements, piano, percussion and choral works - all adding to the intensiveness of such dramatic scenes.
If you're into other film score specialists like Johann Johannsson, Max Richter...even Peter Gabriel - ref: 'Rabbit Proof Fence' then Craig Armstrong will be right up your street. Quite simply, 'World Trade Center' is a deeply moving soundtrack that draws attention to empathy and resolve - rather than despair.
Utterly beautiful and positively uplifting - just like the film's conclusion.
Fantastic Craig Armstrong soundtrack, went for a reflective and more contemplative score rather than a rousing one. The score celebrates the survival of John and Will without forgetting the 2,977 people who lost their lives that day in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Yes I know someone may say it was 2,996 but I don't count the scum who were responsible as any great loss. Anyway, back to the score, film soundtracks are an acquired taste, but if it is your taste I guarantee the atmospheric piece will not disappoint. The CD arrived quickly, was well packaged and is a brilliant listen. What more can you want.
I have been into films and their soundtracks for a long time now and I have a few favourite films that Mr. Armstrong has composed the music to but "World Trade Center" is easily my favourite of his and for me it is easily my favourite score album of 2006. The music is haunting and moving which is appropriate for the film but it is a change from a big, pounding orchestral score which most film soundtracks are associated with being. I look forward to hearing future scores by Mr. Armstrong and at some point will get the other soundtracks to the films of his that I also like.