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Crash [Soundtrack]

Mark Isham , Bird York , Stereophonics Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Mark Isham, Bird York, Stereophonics
  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Superb Records
  • ASIN: B0009F79NM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Crash
2. Go Forth My Son
3. Hands In Plain Sight
4. Safe Now
5. No Such Things As Monsters
6. Find My Baby
7. Negligence
8. Flames
9. Siren
10. A Really Good Cloak
11. A Harsh Warning
12. Saint Christopher
13. Sense Of Touch
14. In the Deep - Bird York
15. Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics

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Product Description

Mark Isham's highly emotional score for the film CRASH will move you in ways you never expected. Beautiful cinematic passages collide with ethnic voices evoking the powerful imagery of the film. The album is complimented by the original song "In the Deep" by Bird York and "Maybe Tomorrow" by Stereophonics.

From the Artist

As a composer of music for film, I have had the opportunity to score a wide variety of films from the sweeping studio epic to the intimate independent drama and they all have presented unique challenges. I have found over the years however, that the more money that is tied up in a film, the more requests there are for the composer to make safer choices and for the composer to present the more predictable options to the filmmakers. Thus my continuing interest in working in the world of independent filmmaking.

When I read Paul’s script for "Crash", I was immediately inspired to write for this film. The intricate plot, so masterfully woven around the wonderfully drawn characters, demanded a uniquely beautiful score. And in this case, this complete lack of financial resources, with which one could have resorted to the "tried and true" formulas of "successful film scoring", turned out to be a huge blessing.

Many composers start off their careers in "the bedroom" so to speak; in a small room, with their cherished equipment, building their music piece by piece, single handedly. For this score I returned to "the bedroom" and forced myself to find new and refreshing solutions to the challenge of writing this music. I am very proud of this score and sincerely hope that you, the audience, find it as engaging to listen to as I did to compose, and that through this album you can appreciate the beauty of this wonderfully crafted film.

-- Mark Isham

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This movie truly moved me when I saw it earlier this year and I remember walking out of the theatre remarking to my friend how I could feel the music that accompanied it and how I was going to buy the soundtrack when it came out. I purchased the soundtrack and have been listening to it almost non-stop - it is beautiful, provocative, and moves you. Mark Isham did an amazing job finding the right type of music to accompany such a powerful movie - and also set the music apart - to stand on its own. My favorite tracks are "No Such Things as Monsters", "Crash", and "In The Deep." Wonderful music - wonderful movie.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The music makes the movie June 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There's a particular scene in the movie "Crash" that literally left me breathless when I first saw it. On this soundtrack, it is the scene that goes with track 10, called "A Really Good Cloak." Those who have seen the film probably already know which scene I'm talking about. In listening to Mark Isham's score by itself, months after haveing seen the film, I ran across that track again and found that it had the same effect on me. Just listening to the music, I became short of breath, I got chills down my spine, and at one particular point, I felt the sting of tears first welling in my eyes, then spilling down my cheeks. I was seeing that scene from the film again, as clearly as if I were watching it all over, and feeling the same thing as before. All because I was listening to this beautiful, haunting music.

After I gathered myself a little, I tried to imagine that same scene with different music, or even with no music at all. While I'm sure it would have still been a powerful moment in the film, I don't think it could have ever been so affecting, so purely poignant, as it was with that particular piece. Clearly, Isham crafted that piece meticulously for that scene, with just the right mix of wonder, awe, and beauty to bring the viewer (and listener) right to the point where I was. Quite frankly, anyone that can listen to that piece and not have it affect them at all...well, they're made of sterner stuff than I.

The thing is, the whole CD is sort of like that. The music is excellent on its own. It is ethereally beautiful in a way that we rarely hear anymore. Vocals float up out of sweeping electronic harmonies, singing words I don't comprehend but can nevertheless feel and glean meaning from.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!! June 12, 2005
By Vic G
Format:Audio CD
The best score of the year! Mark Isham who composed the music did a wonderful job narrating the multiple storylines through a beautifully crafted score. He captured every emotion by creating a mood that extended the characters depth. I was very moved by the film and the score puts me right back in that moment. In this day of big budget movies and scores it is refreshing to hear music that actually heightens the movie experience. This CD also features the song "In The Deep" by Bird York (the great piece that plays over the final montage) along with one of my favorite all-time songs "Maybe Tomorrow" by Stereophonics. If you liked the film you will LOVE this CD. FYI, There is also an "inspired by" album that is as equally moving. WOW - they got it right twice! Nice one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Relaxing June 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When I saw the film Crash, I kept repeating to my girlfriend throughout "what wonderful Music". The music by Mark Isham easily stands on its own though. like Brian Eno and composers of that type, the music is best played during relaxation or study periods where you're free to let the music carry you away. 6, 8,10, and 13 are my favorites (gauranteed to move you), and Bird Yorks "In the deep" and the Sterophonics "maybe Tommorow" (steller songs themselves) round out the disk. A must buy!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This "Crash" is a life affirming experience June 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Mark Isham has quite simply created some of the most beautiful and perfect music ever for a film. The soundtrack is a potent and vivid reminder of the exquisite visuals from this amazing movie. If track #8 and/or track #13 do not create an out of body experience for the listener, you'd better check your body. And Bird York's haunting "In the Deep" is a mesmerizing vocal capturing the very essence of both film and soundtrack. A must- hear cd from a must-see film. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Mark Isham's score for 2005's Oscar winner for Best Picture, "Crash" is easily one of the best soundtracks to have been released in a while. At times it reminds of the job done by Cliff Martinez with "Traffic": a bit sinister, but full of emotions; dark, but touching; with ambient sounds that get in your head, much like the movie it serves as a musical background to.

You could say that "Crash" operates as well as it does on so many levels partly thanks to the music that makes some of the scenes transcend in an unforgettable way. In particular, it sets the tone and serves as a unique backdrop to the moments of redemption of most of the characters, preserving them in a way that will last through time, as in the case of "Flames" which accompanies one of the movie's most dramatic moments.

In short, this is an amazing soundtrack to an amazing movie and the best soundtrack of 2005!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack for a Great Movie July 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Crash should be required viewing for all. The soundtrack surely added to the emotional intensity of the film. The track that caught my attention most was "Negligence" which I immediately identified as music of the German mystic Hildegard Von Bingen. But I do not see the song credited to her. Maybe it's just a good clone? Maybe copyrights from composers of the 11th century are up for grabs, but nonetheless, it was definitely channeled by Hildegard; equally as sacred and equally haunting. If you liked "Negligence" try listening to "Sequentia" or "Vision." My favorite being "Vision" as I can appreciate Souther's musical arrangements.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ***** A Five Star Film with a Five Star soundtrack *****
One of the most intense soundtracks from one of the most intense movies of the decade.. hard to determine which is better .. the movie or the soundtrack.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe Maryanski Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Soundtrack
As a writer, I use music to inspire moods. This soundtrack is my muse. It was perfectly done for the film, but is music that stands alone beautifully. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Costs way too much!!
I absolutely LOVE this movie and the soundtrack! But I just cannot get myself to spend 40 bucks on a CD..and that's the used price! For the outrageous price I give it three stars. Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by J. Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Movie and Incredible Soundtrack
Wow. Like many of the other reviewers, I saw the movie and was deeply touched by both the story and the incredible music. Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by J. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly excellent!
"Crash" is a picture that shows real Los Angeles which is full of people's emotions and racial conflicts. Read more
Published on January 15, 2009 by Juliusz Balcerak
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing soundtrack to an amazing movie!
This is one of my all-time favorite movies and the soundtrack is just as good. I can listen to this no matter what mood I'm in and it will make me feel better.
Published on June 1, 2008 by Thinkaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably mesmerizing soundtrack by Mark Isham!
After watching the movie "Crash", I told someone I didn't know which was better--the movie or the soundtrack. Very haunting and very moving music. Read more
Published on January 27, 2008 by Beatles4ever
2.0 out of 5 stars The movie was a lot better!
I was disappointed. At the time of my purchase, my opinion was in the minority, but... This CD just doesn't do it.
Published on July 26, 2007 by Dante
4.0 out of 5 stars A good soundtrack... a great movie. It's not as good as his soundtrack to "Afterglow" but a nice listen nonetheless. Read more
Published on May 5, 2007 by W. Mathews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite film scores from Mark Isham
Mark Isham is quickly becoming one of my favorite composers. His work on the indie film "The Cooler" introduced me to his talents and I enjoyed what I heard. Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by E. Anderson
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