Before, I did a review on the Sampler Soundtrack that was provided by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, who were signed up to produce the Social Network soundtrack. Now, the full soundtrack has been released to be listened to and reveled in.
Piecing together the teaser tunes that were given prior and the full score now, everything fits together like one cohesive music eargasm–Yes, eargasm.
There are very few instances as of recently where a movie’s score can actually stand well on its own as a whole, instead of just one signature “theme” (be it those orchestral themes or cheesy songs famous musicians at the time are paid to do; example: Avatar). I’ve already mentioned my pleasure for this soundtrack before, so I will try not to repeat myself too much.
The entire soundtrack reminds me, vaguely, of updated 80’s-synth music. Not exactly industrial or of the same territory of How to Destroy Angels, but, something entirely independent. Perhaps to put it in better perspective, it reminded me awfully a lot of Nine Inch Nails’ keyboardist, Alessandro Cortini. Comparing Cortini’s latest album, Sonoio and the Social Network’s score, you can hear familiar tones and melodies. Both are worth listening to, regardless.
However, perhaps my favorite tune in the entire score is the cover of In the Hall of the Mountain King, which was originally composed by Edvard Grieg. Pretty much everyone knows the melody quite well, if the title eludes–You can listen to the original here. Even Danny Elfman would bow down to Ross and Reznor’s prowess of mixing creepy, brooding and orchestral together into one seamless piece even if it is just a cover; it was a nice reprieve from the original theme that is overly used.
Even to the non-Nine Inch Nails fans who have a penchant for ambient music that sits more on the darker side will appreciate this soundtrack two fold. Even Mark Zuckerberg himself can appreciate this theme to Facebook because it completely defines the tumultuous story of its creation. The lies, the scandal and also the insta-gratification this generation now demands. It can be all heard quite vividly in the soundtrack.
Again, the full soundtrack can be found here. Digital copies of the soundtrack are only $2.99, why not show some love to Trent and Atticus?
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