History Of Violence | Howard Shore
an emily blunt soundtrack review
speaking? Composer Howard Shore can twist notes and delve into the psyche
like a post-grad neurosurgeon. He has a way of, for lack of a better phrase, Film
Noiring up the most innocent of scenes. Best known, probably, for his "Lord
of the Rings" composing work, Shore shows again he can venture away from
hobbits and fantasy and bring the real world (well, film real world) from the
darkness into the light. He's a prolific talent.
The works here for the
film "A History of Violence" are subtle
and beautiful. The orchestra dancing about the score. Track one, "Motel"
is soft and haunting. It invites you into a place you're not quite sure of (no
pun intended...). As the story develops on the screen so does the score. In track
6, "Run," the mind is being informed there's something up in Dodge -
audibly. By track 10, "The Staircase," we're just in awe of the depths
of deception; the scene in the film is quite a hefty bitterberry slice of Cronenberg
pie to boot.
This is a shorter score - but non-the-less striking. If you're
a collector of music this is one for the listen-to-repeatedly bin. Enjoy.