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The Cell (2000 Film) [Soundtrack]

Howard ShoreAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 5, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 5, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • ASIN: B00004XSKR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Cell (Includes Excerpts From El Medahey And Memories Of My Father)
2. Carl Rudolph Stargher
3. Trauma (Includes Excerpts From El Medahey And Memories Of My Father)
4. 92 Aqua Green Ford
5. FBI Pathologist
6. Whalen's Infraction
7. Tide Pool (Includes Excerpt From Mairzy Doats)
8. Sing A Song Of Sixpence
9. Valentine (Includes Excerpt From El Medahey)
10. Chlorine And Rust
11. Only Girls Play With Dolls
12. Normal Psychotropics
13. The Seduction
14. Four And Twenty Blackbirds
15. Stargher King
16. Catherine's World
17. The Drowning
18. Scavenged Dolls
19. Vital Signs
20. You Can Find The Feeling (Radio Edit)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stark, intellectual score is most original of 2000 March 28, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I found it a pity that this inspired effort by Howard Shore went unnoticed by the people who decide Oscar nominations.
Just when film scores are at the lowest point possible with MI:2 and Gladiator, along comes Howard Shore to show that, yes, a film score can be every bit as original and avant-garde as John Cage. (probably a bad example, but he's all that came to mind).
Also, it seems these other reviewers here have forgotten that scenes in a desert might invoke Arab influences, something not politically biased in any way. But, the seeming chaos of the Master Musicians of Jajouka was intended to shock the viewer, and be a preparation of sorts for what is to come. Indeed, in the liner notes, Shore says he had been wanting to write with the Master Musicians for some time.
The following is excerpted from an interview with Howard Shore found at a website called
"I notated the score in a way that was very non-Western. I used a kind of notation that's been around for at least 50 years - the Polish avant-garde developed the techniques, but I developed my own manifesto with a way of interpreting the music that I wrote. The music wasn't written in a particularly Western fashion, in terms of bars and staves."
This music is NOT the fluffy norm of most recent film scores, and is rather challenging to listen to. Highly recommended to those who want a challenge; decidedly NOT recommended to those who only like pastoral and lyrical melodies (which Shore is very much capable of).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As chaotic and frightening as a bad dream January 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Howard Shore is one of the master film composers, because instead of using music to complement the action onscreen, he uses it to remind us what's going on in the heads of the characters during their actions.
Take that approach with a character whose mind is broken, and you have "The Cell." Shore's collaboration with The Master Musicians of Jajouka is chaotic, and you absolutely can't hum along with any of it, but it fits the film. In other reviews, people disagreed with equating Middle-Eastern music with evil. CONTEXT is important: in "Navy Seals," it would be a racist soundtrack. In "The Cell," It augments the mood of disorientation and fantasy central to the plot.
Much of the film takes place inside Stargher's brain, so the score sets us adrift in a terrible place with few melodic anchors. We aren't given a comfortable, reassuring melody until tracks 8 and 19. One drawback is that repetition and long pauses don't transfer well from film to casual listening.
I wouldn't recommend the soundtrack for those seeking catchy, easy-to-remember passages. Also, young children may find the dischord and sudden crescendoes scary. Shore has successfully approximated the sound of fear and rage entwined.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense, Very Cool Soundtrack September 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you have seen "The Cell" - and liked it, like me - then you probably couldn't help but notice the distinctive music that played throughout. It was stark, it was intense, and it interspersed with the scenes so well, you would think that a great musical soundtrack was normal in real life. This soundtrack is not disappointing. Howard Shore did a fantastic job at orchestrating the music and composing it. My favorite track (as well as my friends') is "The Drowning" because there's some *very* festive clapping going on, and in the scene in which it plays, I can honestly say I thought Catherine and Carl were going to do a little dance...but alas, it didn't happen. So anyways, if you were entranced by the brilliant sounds in the movie, you will not be disappointed by this CD, it's haunting, entertaining, and a great listen. Don't miss out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars look past his lor fame June 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is dark,disturbing music that has shore's characteristics through and through!if you liked this film,rent some of david cronenberg's films(howard's been doing his scores exclusivly since '85 or so)and you'll undoubtably be searching for those soundtracks as well!I can't wait for howard's next score for peter jackson's "king kong" remake,and I'm hoping they'll release the score for cronenberg's 2002 masterpiece "spider"soon as well!get this for great halloween music if anything!
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Format:Audio CD
Howard Shore's "The Cell" is a fantastic score heavy wth Arabic influences. He required the help of the Master Musicians of Jajouka to make it more of a listening experience. Shore isn't exactly a favrite of mine but this CD is the exception. "The Cell", the first track, seemed chaotic and all mixed together with thick orchestrations and the Jajouka Musicians playing their instruments with full force. "Whalen's Infraction" is something kind of strange. "Tide Pool" was a very loud, scary cue but it is one of the best on the album. "Sing a Song of Sixpence" was like "Vital Signs" without the strings playing in between. "The Drowning" is my second favorite track on the album, with the clapping hands as Catherine's mind changed from a paradise with a Virgin Mary look-a-like to something out of a Marilyn Manson video. The pheasant went from white to brown amd foggy at the corners. "Vital Signs" is a great, calm finale to a loud, chaotic score. If it wasn't for this track, the whole CD would have just been very creative noise and well organized clamor. "You Can Find The Feeling" was a waste of space on the CD, but it replaces an end credits cue, which should have been there. Howard Shore isn't one of my favorites but this put him on my radar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific horror score
This is one of the coolest scores in many years. Howard Shores' use of percussion and dissonant textures is strangely gorgeous. Read more
Published on September 4, 2004 by Ron Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Howard Shore Score
I feel this is one of Howard Shore's best film scores. However it is not for everyone. It is a very good collaborative venture between Mr Shore and the Attar family. Read more
Published on May 29, 2004 by Jack Holstein
4.0 out of 5 stars An attempt at John Corigliano
This is difficult to rate. Please note that this score is VERY DIFFERENT from Howard Shore's other work. Read more
Published on July 20, 2001 by C.S. Haviland
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful music, a real disappointment from the great Shore
Howard Shore has written some of the scores that matter the most to me--for Cronenberg, for THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Read more
Published on July 16, 2001 by D. Greven
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally moving experience.
The soundtrack for "The Cell" is as emotionally jolting as the film itself, capturing all of the pain and intensity that the movie conveys to its audience. Read more
Published on March 2, 2001 by D. Litton
4.0 out of 5 stars ambiance abounds
Following the theme of the movie, the soundtrack darks and haunting. Well scored, the sense of darkness of a killers mind seeps out of the tracks, infectiously haunting in its... Read more
Published on September 22, 2000 by "shade_0"
3.0 out of 5 stars Shore's Middle Eastern Turn
Howard Shore heavily utilizes Middle Eastern instruments and sound, borrowing some passages from a Moroccan band. Read more
Published on September 6, 2000
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