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Things We Lost In the Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Album Review

Gustavo Santaolalla and Johan Soderqvist's score for director Susanne Bier's film Things We Lost in the Fire is an appropriate accompaniment to the low-key drama. The Danish Bier, an adherent of the European "Dogma" brand of filmmaking — naturalistic acting, natural lighting, handheld camera, etc. — brought much of this approach to an American "Hollywood" film with big movie stars (Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny) in telling her story about a recently widowed woman and her platonic but nevertheless involved relationship with a drug addict who was a friend of her husband. Santaolalla and Sodverqvist provide a large number of short cues (30 in 37 minutes on the soundtrack album) dominated by delicately played acoustic guitars, with occasional orchestral or electronic backgrounds. It's a quiet, careful, somber style in keeping with the subject and style of the film.

Customer Reviews

I didn't really like it.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not crazy about Santoalla... everything sounds like improv'd Spanish guitar music. I still can't figure out how he won two Oscars in a row, both for scores that weren't very meaty. This CD fell right in line with my expectations. Unfortunately it just isn't very good, but if you like moody, rambling guitar music, you might like this one. I think my 2 stars really means "please try something new and different because it's all starting to sound the same."

I loved it

I think the problem a lot of people have with this score is the that repetitve guitar that you hear in most of the songs. It worked for me though, and really, not EVERY song on this soundtrack is the same. If you've seen the movie, you can see how much the soundtrack fits the tone of the film. Not to mention, the songs are absolutely beautiful.

pretty good

music isnt bad at all just not a perfect 5 sytars


Born: 1952 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Genre: Soundtrack

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

Over the course of several decades, Gustavo Santaolalla was recognized as a gifted musician, songwriter, producer, and composer, and he enjoyed a multi-phased career that took him from Argentina to the United States and, intermittently, back to Latin America; an overall storied journey that included Grammy and Oscar wins, not to mention the towering heights of respect he earned for his artistic accomplishments. Santaolalla began his career as a teenager, when he founded the Argentine rock band Arco...
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