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Smokin' Aces (Original Motion Picture Score)

Clint Mansell

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Great Album For A Good Movie

Smokin Aces is a blend of cop thriller and action movie. For once the combination works, this brilliant soundtrack accompinies this potent movie. Yes it is violent but the end is one of the best I have ever seen. If you like the song "Dead Reckoning" you have to see the last scene. Also Smokin Aces has some actors I do not normally like, but they were all stellar in this movie including Ryan Reynolds who shows he can be a great drama actor. So buy the album and watch the movie.

Headphone Commute Review

Former lead singer and guitarist of Pop Will Eat Itself, Clint Mansell matures into a Golden Globe nominated composer, and a winner of numerous awards for best original score for a film. I have previously sang praises to Mansell's musical scores to Darren Aronofsky's Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and, of course, The Fountain. Being in love with Mansell's melancholic modern classical pieces, which are perfectly complemented by the performance of The Kronos Quartet, I decided to grab the soundtrack to Smokin' Aces - I have not seen the film, and instead listened to the album "as is" - as music. From the first track I am immensed in haunting images that glide with that uneasy feeling of something lurking in the shadows, until it all explodes with tension breaks of silence. In the soundtrack he effortlessly controls the mood, dynamics, and even the genre of individual pieces. The orchestral accompaniment works very well with an organic big beat and a funky rhythm. The scenes switch, and so does the music. Forty five minutes of music take you through mental images driven by emotion saturated sound. Mansell is clearly a craftsman of his trade, and Smokin' Aces may be his most cinematic composition to date.

Definantly a Mansell's Work

I heard about his album after hearing Dead Reckoning in a youtube video and mistaking it for a song from The Fountain. When comparing both scores, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Mansell has developed a unique style that can be seen through out his later works. It is more mature than some of the earlier music he composed, such as Pi and Requiem for a Dream. Don't get me wrong, those are both great scores and I love to listen to them. This score is an amazing work. The last three songs of the score have such emotion that I am always on the verge of tears when I listen to them. The score was able to add so much to the movie.

Biography

Born: January 7, 1963 in Coventry, England

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Frontman for the sadly defunct Pop Will Eat Itself, among other things, Clint Mansell (b. January 7, 1963, Coventry, England) has played a lot of music. Affectionately known as Clint Poppie, he started out in 1981, forming a group called From Eden, which included future members of Pop Will Eat Itself, in the English industrial city of Stourbridge. After several years, the band broke up (they argued over who had performed better on The Tube). Mansell, along with future Poppies Adam Mole and Graham...
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