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The Recruit (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Klaus Badelt

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Klaus Badelt's score for the CIA thriller The Recruit has an appropriately chilly, paranoid feel, thanks to its subdued electronic and string-driven arrangements. Pieces such as "CIA Training," "Lie Detector," and "Spartacus" keep the tension mounting in surprisingly restrained ways, while tracks like "You're Going to Langley" and "Talking Over Crabs" add some warmth to the score without detracting from its muted feel. Indeed, the seven-minute-long "A Bug for Breakfast" is the score's main intense, pulse-pounding piece of music, which is unusual for the soundtrack to this kind of movie. That's a compliment, however — The Recruit is such a well-crafted, intelligent score that it lent the actual film more restraint and credibility than it would have had without this music.


Born: 12 June 1967

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '00s

A German born film score composer and producer, Klaus Badelt was born in Frankfurt in 1968. His first works were for films and commercials in his home country, but soon Badelt found his star rising, and was contributing to some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters of the early 21st century. The first of his works to get a high amount of notice and praise was his score for the 2002 Dreamworks movie, The Time Machine. From there he would go on to — either on his own, or in a...
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