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World Trade Center Soundtrack

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From the upcoming movie World Trade Center based on a true story, this soundtrack is a moving, emotional epic composed by the well-respected, Craig Armstrong.

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Composer Craig Armstrong has done arrangements for a variety of pop acts while building a reputation for both his own stand-alone neoclassical pieces and scores for the stage and film. Calling on him for this tricky assignment was a good move: Armstrong is a subtle musician who prefers understatement to grand gestures, and he's set a tone that's opposite the usual Hollywood symphonic grandstanding (typically, a cue is titled "Ethereal"). Avoiding pulling at the listener's heartstrings in too obvious a manner, the string-heavy score is minimally somber, declining its theme mostly with cello and piano. (The downside is that it can be difficult to differentiate the tracks, which tend to meld into one another after a while.) You're not going to whistle along to this CD--but neither would you want to. --Elisabeth Vincentelli


1. World Trade Center Cello Theme Cello Soloist – Alison Lawrance
2. World Trade Center Piano Theme
3. New York Awakes
4. The Drive Downtown
5. Rise Above The Towers
6. World Trade Center Choral Piece Soprano Soloist – Susie Stevens Logan
7. John & Donna Talk About Their Family
8. Ethereal
9. John’s Woodshed
10. Marine Arrives At Ground Zero
11. Will And Allison In The Hospital
12. Allison At The Stoplight
13. Jimeno Sees Jesus
14. John And Will Found/Will Ascends
15. John’s Apparition
16. John Rescued/Resolution Soprano Soloist – Catherine O’Halloran
17. Elegy
18. Ethereal Piano Coda Piano Soloist – Craig Armstrong

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000G8P1RS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Phil on August 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is an independent review of the soundtrack, not the film or sociopolitical dynamics surrounding the release of it. I haven't seen the film yet, so this is truly an unbiased review of the score on its own merits. I am, however, conscious of the subject matter of the film.

Note that the gorgeous and emotive score used in the trailer released earlier this summer is NOT on the soundtrack; my biggest disappointment! Hollywood commonly releases early trailers with one score and then releases the film with and updated score (as with this film) or completely different score.

1. World Trade Center Cello Theme (3:43) - The cello is not constant throughout but performs intermittent pieces more like a vocalist with lyrics. The choral accompaniment, about halfway though, gives foreshadowing of the superior Choral Piece (track 6).
2. World Trade Center Piano Theme (4:01) - For those looking for music from the trailer, this is the piano piece from the first 30 seconds or so. About a minute into this track the score turns highly over-produced, with clamp-thump percussion, rapid clinking sounds, cymbals, synth, and anything else they could muddle in the mix. The beautiful simplicity of the original structure is punctured by some Hollywood editor who clearly didn't understand the beauty of simplicity in dramatic scores. Fortunately, from 2:40 on, it finishes as a nice piano suite.
3. New York Awakes (2:30) - Starts out with nice blend of piano, synth, and orchestra with a slight sense of foreboding. This builds until the last few seconds of tastefully limited percussion and slight up-tempo shift.
4. The Drive Downtown (3:52) - A well done piece that builds appropriately as one draws closer to the end (and I presume closer to the towers in the film).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on August 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although I am one to like big symphonic Hollywood film scores (such legends as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith come to mind), I also recognize the equal value of more subtler scores, scores that are not in-your-face. It is certainly true with Craig Armstrong's beautiful score for director Oliver Stone's 9/11 epic WORLD TRADE CENTER.

Like John Powell's score for Paul Greengrass' UNITED 93 released earlier in 2006, Armstrong's score for WORLD TRADE CENTER is an atmospheric piece, setting itself as an elegy for the horrors that were unleashed on September 11, 2001. The primary instrumentation of the score is piano, cello, and full string orchestra, ornamented by several elements of synthesizers and percussion, and the end result is excellence. It veers back between the physical pain felt by Port Authority officers John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William Jimeno (Michael Pena) as they are buried beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center, and the psychological pain felt by their wives (Maggie Gyllenhal; Maria Bello); and though obviously moving, it is never overly manipulative. Like the movie to which it belongs, this is a music score that will hopefully become part of the American musical landscape in the future, particularly as the fifth anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history approaches. It is an elegy for the survivors, and a poignant requiem for those who did not make it out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armand Tesla on January 15, 2007
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But in regards to the reviewer, lamenting the fact that the original trailer music ....is not on here....Let me just say it is quite frustrating to hear a beautiful melody in a trailer and find out later its from an entirely different film, It took me 8 years to acquire the often used music from "come see the paradise" which Has been used in countless trailers ...so I empathise with his issue.....BUT if the piece of music in the trailer is what you seek....Let me offer this information, "The life of David Gale"..by alex and jake parker track numero....7...yes seven....Is what your looking for....this would be the second half of trailer music....Overall I do enjoy this score ...It does evoke a tsunami of tears having lost my best friend in the towers, BUT it is a bit redundant, But hey it's a score,....Well, I am no reviewer...I hope this helps someone ....i spent years humming melodies into phones trying to get that obscure music referenced above....

Be well!!!!!!
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Before I begin I would like to address the complaints about the trailer score not matching the film score. The reason this occurs is because when the trailer is in production the soundtrack for the film is usually not finished yet. (Its one of the last things to be done typically.) Common themes found in trailer after trailer are themes from Braveheart, The Shawshank Redemption, Requiem for a Dream, etc etc. My recommendation before you rush out and buy a soundtrack album based on a movie trailer is to do a little research. The film industry has been doing this literally for YEARS. If you just rushed out and bought a soundtrack based on the trailer music then you really don't have much experience in this area. With the internet and the countless forums online for discussion on this subject, about 10 minutes of your time would have told you the above. Sorry to be so blunt, but to complain about this issue is to complain about just about every soundtrack out there.

That being said, it is difficult to review a soundtrack because of the intent of the listener. I, for example, am an aspiring screenwriter so I am constantly looking for great music to create a mood for my work. (not to write scenes that specifically match the music, just to create a mood. The scene must stand up on its own without having to tell someone to listen to some music while they read it.) Others want something to put on while they paint, work with ceramics, etc. And still others want to listen to it to re-envision the film. Others just want to put it on and listen to some beautiful music and relax.

I'd have to say that if you are one of those who just want to put on the CD and have a good time, you probably will not be able to listen to the album straight through.
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