The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Original Soundtrack)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
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I love it!
After Ghosts and The Social Network it comes as no surprise.
Enormous electronic snowglobe depicting a winter of the soul
It's difficult to evaluate "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" as an actual film score, especially before the movie has been released. The album is very long — more than twice as long as a typical soundtrack album, and three times as long as some. The album is longer than the movie itself, and since there must be some unaccompanied passages in the film, that means there's probably a great deal of "extra" music here. This is more like the kind of "complete score" album, containing unedited versions of all the cues written and recorded, that is sometimes released as a specialty item, rather than a normal soundtrack. It's a great value, but it's also a sprawling work in which large-scale structure is hard to discern. Listening to it conjures up many chilling images and sensations, but not much in the way of narrative, despite the detailed track titles. Naturally, in a work of this length there will be some selections that do not especially impress, but the music's general depth and sonic variety is impressive, even if emotional range is lacking. I particularly enjoy "She Reminds Me Of You," "The Splinter," "Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome," and "Oraculum."
Although I liked the R&R team's score to "The Social Network," I don't believe it deserved the Oscar over Hans Zimmer's music for "Inception." But "Dragon Tattoo" is a more carefully crafted, more cinematic work on the whole. It's less like an instrumental Nine Inch Nails album than "The Social Network," notwithstanding the "Immigrant Song" cover, which is just short blip in the score's massive sweep. The bleak electronic idiom in which R&R again work is more suitable to the cold, dark, and vicious tale of "Dragon Tattoo" than it was to manic Harvard geekery. It feels as though David Fincher has come home, with R&R providing the clarion call.
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