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Syriana Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, December 13, 2005
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Based on the novel See No Evil by Robert Baer, the film was written and directed by Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, and stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet and Christopher Plummer. The score is done by Alexandre Desplat, who's score is very heavy on the strings and percussion, and features exotic solo instruments to weave a rich texture together that supports the intrigue and suspense shown on screen. Sony Classics. 2005.

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After last year's Girl with a Pearl Earring, this CD confirms the much-deserved rise of French-born composer Alexandre Desplat in Hollywood. The success of this particular score is actually double-edged: It works wonders in the film because it never dictates the mood or imposes a viewpoint; instead, it's in such symbiosis with the images in Stephen Gaghan's political thriller that at times the music's impact is almost subliminal. That's a good thing when you watch the movie, but it also means that on its own, the CD's focus can fade in and out. Desplat tends to follow the less-showy European film-scoring model, i.e. he prefers subtlety to bloated orchestrations and tends to refrain from associating characters to musical themes. Though much of the film's action takes place in the Middle East, Desplat doesn't turn ethnic instrumentation into a cliché. And the way he instills a pervasive sense of dread on tracks such as "Driving in Geneva," "Access Denied," or "The Abduction" should be taught in film and music schools. For Desplat, less is always more. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

1. Syriana
2. Driving In Geneva
3. Fields Of Oil
4. The Commute
5. Beirut Taxi
6. Something Really Cool
7. Syriana (Piano Solo)
8. I'll Walk Around
9. Access Denied
10. Electricity
11. Falcons
12. The Abduction
13. Tortured
14. Take The Target Out
15. Truce
16. Mirage
17. Fathers And Sons

Product Details

  • Composer: Alexandre Desplat
  • Audio CD (December 13, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BSZA2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sara Eff on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As the product description states above, this score mirrors the film by being appropriately understated and nuanced. The title track is both melancholy and haunting, a feeling which runs through the entire soundtrack. Other parts have quite a bit of tension. One gets the feeling that there is always something bubbling under the suface here -- nothing is as it seems, which of course, is the intention of the film. Alexandre Desplat did a stellar job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Media Lover on September 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Desplat does what few can in "Syriana," mixing the adrenaline of a John Powell score and the extremely understated compositional style of Philip Glass. With Syriana, Desplat has proven his worth as a truly contemporary film score composer, using high quality sounds and music to not only back up a film, but to actually work with it simultaniously. Even if you haven't seen the film, Desplat's score is still a work of art to be purchased and enjoyed.
Highly reccomended for avid film score listeners.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Ray on October 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Would I be considered a purist snob if I say I like my electronic separated from my orchestral stuff? This film score combines the two ala Hans Zimmer, et al. I can just picture the recording sessions in my head: Alexandre Desplat sitting in front of a synthesizer in a big recording studio alongside the Hollywood Studio Symphony awaiting cues from a conductor. Maybe he's positioned behind the first violins or in the front where a piano normally sits for a concerto. The engineer Charles F. kettering once said, "Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier." Fine. I can live with that. I've listened to Ravi Shankar's Concertos for sitar and orchestra and they're works of sheer delight. I see there is a concerto for steel pan & orchestra but I have yet to acquire it. It must be interesting. Also, if I can find a symphony or concerto that uses Turkish or Greek instruments that would also be a joy. Syriana does push the envelope a bit. Not only are you getting a symphony with electronica but you also get middle eastern percussion and flute. I guess I'll enjoy this frontier for now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on May 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is not something that would be good just randomly appearing on your playlist. It's not for casual listening.
You have listen to this album on purpose.

My favourite tracks are "Fields of Oil" and "Syriana (Piano Solo)".
I wish most of the tracks were 5 minutes or longer, but the track lengths in this album are not unusual for soundtracks.

The recording and overall sound quality seem good to me.
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