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There Will Be Blood (Music from the Motion Picture)

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It is hard to describe Jonny Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s oil epic There Will Be Blood without describing these sounds in terms of things more primal than music. The rumble of a fault line. The ominousness of a dust storm. The terror of a thousand hissing asps. Even if Greenwood’s score didn’t accompany a film that envisions the American landscape as a bastion of rage and unrelenting dread, it would still describe a place where even the sunshine is a harsh obstacle. This music might be unlistenable for the feelings it illustrates if it weren’t for the fact that Greenwood paints it in such thrilling detail. Whether this soundtrack is a brilliant accomplishment because it intensifies the film’s every moment or because it stands next to the film as its own work of devastating shock and excitement is a tough call. What is certain is that no matter how upsetting the music gets, it is so vividly executed that you will want to watch the beast come alive again and again, like a child who can’t help but listen to the story that gives him nightmares.

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Taking cues from some great contemporary composers (Messiaen, Penderecki, Ligeti); Jonny Greenwood has really made something unique here, yet at the same time the music seems to have a reverence for the influences that charged it. This feels like listening to Wendy Carlos' Shining tracks for the first time...Excellent music that stands on its own.

Love it all, except it's missing some songs?

I love the music from this movie. I think it should've gotten some nomination, but there is no category it can belong to. My *ONLY* beef with this album is it's missing the best song, the one where it's tribal, and w/ the drum sticks beating in a rhythm (it plays during the scene where the oil derreck first explodes and HW gets deafened. it's also the song of certian TV ads). It's also missing the one where there's violin/strings playing fast, and then it ends with a piano chord.


I never write reviews. All I have to say is that the movie is a masterpiece, the score is a masterpiece. This music is divine.


Born: November 5, 1971 in Oxford, England

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as Radiohead's innovative jack of all trades -- a multi-instrumentalist equally comfortable playing guitar, xylophone, sampler, or keyboards -- Jonny Greenwood also pursued a solo career as a composer while helping his band push the boundaries of its music into unusual and decidedly non-rock directions. Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood was born on November 5, 1971, in Oxford, England. Along with his brother Colin, Greenwood attended Abingdon School near Oxford; it was here that the older...
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