on September 14, 2008
In many ways David Shire has returned to the classic era of film score composition and performance with Zodiac. Spare and extremely well-coordinated with the screen action, he creates incredible tension and suspense without all of the heavy-handed and heavily processed thunder that is often heard in today's films. It is reminiscent of Herrmann's score to Psycho in this regard. With Shire's brilliant composition and scoring, the listener is always kept slightly off-balance; there are moments bristling with suspense and others of the bleakest isolation. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that this was recorded live under the capable baton of Mr. Shire. There is power, albeit subtle, in the recording of entire pieces instead of the incessant cutting and pasting that occurs almost exclusively in today's soundtracks.
For one who lived through the era of the Zodiac killer's grip on our community, David Shire's soundtrack transported me back to a time when were were all watching our backs in fear during this brutal and mysterious killer's reign of terror.
on August 9, 2013
Zodiac actually had two soundtracks when it was released, one of all the various artists' music played in the film and the original compositions scored for the film. This is the latter and will remind you far more of the movie than the first one. The music is haunting and almost takes you back to the scenes of the Graysmith character running around San Francisco, often in the rain, trying to unravel the Zodiac mystery. My one complaint is that it should have been longer, the thirteenth track is actually the filmmakers discussing the various musical choices made for the characters, personally I found the chatter out of place and would have liked to hear more music. Donovan's "Hurley Girly Man" would have been the one song I would have included with the others, that song playing a greater role than any of the others in establishing the style of the film. The other soundtrack score which does have Hurley Girly Man on it is, in my view, not as evocative as this one (though it is getting harder and more expensive to find).