Dark City: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Soundtrack
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The main theme is a musical piece like steam-powered locomotive: a driving baseline over a synthesized Gregorian choir, with slowly culminating percussion and exploding into a mushroom cloud of brass and string -- which by all means compares best with a pitch-black, nightmarish, "underwater" version of Alan Silvestri's music for "Predator."
The action cues in "Dark City" are amongst Jones' best - arguably THE best he ever did. When the main theme isn't ripping your adrenaline glands apart, the music for the many fights and chases in the film will. "You Have The Power" (which underscores the final - Neo versus Smith-like - battle between the protagonist and the leader of the Strangers) is amongst the darkest, most driven action music written for film in the 90s. It's enormous and will leave you behind sweating and gasping for air.
Yes, the music settles down every now and then as well, but the easier piano or string cues are - almost - always accompanied by unsettling synthesizer effects, the slow baseline from the main theme, or a creepy choir-effect. And even when it's not unsettling, it's always melancholic, nostalgic and unspeakably sad.
I suppose, to counter all this violence, the album's producers decided to put some regular songs on the album, which I think are unremarkable and superfluous. The exceptions are the two nightclub songs performed by Anita Kelsey, who dubbed Jennifer Connelly's singing in the movie.Read more ›
Trevor Jones has succeeded wildly in creating a score that is, by turns, ominous and mysterious, threatening, and energetic, one that is packed with action and movement. The final piece, "You Have The Power", reprises the recurring themes and brings them all together for a glorious finish. It's really, really good. As a side note, these instrumental numbers make excellent accompaniment for chase or battle scenes for Dungeons & Dragons players and other RPGers.
The musical numbers by other artists in the first half of the soundtrack are also quite good. Anita Kelsey provides a sultry version of the old standard "Sway" (which was lip-synched in the movie by Jennifer Connelly). Hughes Hall also bangs out a great and driving instrumental piece that neatly fits the approach of Trevor Jones. (Hall has a small section on MP3.com, but sadly, his tunes there are disposable New Age fluff.)
If you're in the mood to pick up a soundtrack for mood music for these dark and turbulent nights, this should be your choice. Heck, I bought it about four years before I even saw the movie, and I loved it! Give it a try.
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It's not from the movie... Several songs are from a different singer. I want to hear Jennifer Connelly Sing. Otherwise it's the songs from the movie and you'll like it.Published 8 months ago by J Doe
So awesome music! it is a well recorded disc! Go for it you won't regret it, specially if you have a hi-end audio equipment or a similar one.Published 9 months ago by ricKter2099
Absolutely one of my favorite soundtracks. Highlight tracks must listen to are: 5 (used in a lot of trailers), 9, 12, and 14 (massively epic track! Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by goosebumpsoundtrack
I liked the Dark City score by Trevor Jones when I watched the movie. The 'Power' section is very similar to Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," which is my favorite symphonic... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by marinermark
One of my top three favorite movies. It was great to not just get what was in the film but also the music inspired by it. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by D.Cortes
GREAT SCORE for a film that in my opinion, is vastly underrated. I only like this cd from the "Sleep Now" track (which was the track used for the theatrical trailer) till the last... Read morePublished on July 19, 2011 by ANAN
I enjoyed Dark City as a film and work of science fiction. I appreciate the score, available as a soundtrack on CD, because it lends itself so well to the mood of this film. Read morePublished on March 24, 2005 by A. Calabrese
When I saw the movie one of the things I noticed was how good the music was + how well the music fitted with what was going. Read morePublished on September 8, 2003 by Gabriel Girard