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When I saw Requiem for a Dream, the very first thing that struck me about it was the music. When I heard "Summer Overture" in the first few minutes of the movie, I loved it. LOVED it. I knew at that moment that I had to buy this soundtrack, and only hoped that they had released one. And that was before I had heard the best parts of the soundtrack, like Lux Aerterna, Meltdown, and Winter Overture. But really all the songs on here are outstanding. Yeah like many people said, they are all pretty short, but really that only makes you like it more. Have you ever seen a movie that you felt ended way too soon, and you wanted to see more of it? Well, that makes you just want to go watch it even more, right? Same with this soundtrack. The fact that the tracks are so excrutiatingly short makes you listen to them over and over. The sound of that violin (you know what I mean if you've heard it) is so haunting, yet so beautiful, and yet again it is so damn catchy! You'll have it stuck in your head for days. You'll be whistling it as you go about your daily routine. I personally often find it stuck in my head while at work, and when I get home I pop this CD in and can't help buy smile as I hear those first sounds of the bass of Summer Overture.... Trust me, buy this and you will NEVER regret it.
Like the film, soundtrack is divided into three parts: Summer, Fall and Winter. Summer contains 15 songs, none of them over three minutes long (Track 10, "High On Life", lasts a full eleven seconds) and all of them bearing ominous warnings for what's to come, key standouts being the tentative "Ghosts Of Things To Come" and the forboding "Hope Overture", the latter being a mixture of strings and beats that wouldn't sound out of place on Bjork's "Homogenic" album. Fall has 9 songs, and it is here where Mansell lays heavier programming onto the Quartet's stuff, as heard on the first track "Cleaning Apartment", and hints at the film's near-insanity at this point with the menacing mounting of "Arnold" and, particularly, "Sara Goldfarb Has Left The Building" (advice: listen to the latter extremely loudly). The Winter section starts with a jolt with the 19 seconds of "Winter Overture", and never lets up.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the entire thing is compiled by where it occured in the movie. I bought this cd mainly because of the overture, and it's dissected and cut on and off throughout the cd. Hardly like a complete piece. Some parts of the soundtrack are quiet and repetitive, whereas others are completely out of context (that is, if you're listening without track-skipping).
If you liked EVERY piece of music composed for 'Requiem For a Dream' and you don't mind hearing bits and pieces of each at a time, then this cd is for you. Don't get me wrong, the music is good... I just never felt like I could really get into the mood its trying to convey since the soundtrack switches constantly and abruptly.
Kudos of course to the always on the mark Kronos Quartet. What can't these musicians play? If this is your initiation into their music, you must check out their huge output of CDs, everything ranging from traditional African music, baroque, to the most progressive modern composers. They are one of our national treasures!
If you're prone to nightmares, however, you might want to play this CD in the light of day, not the really early AM hours. Like the movie, it has a certain fatalistic quality about it. Suicide Hotline soundtrack, perhaps? For that matter, if you're feeling down in the dumps, don't go near the movie, either. It will just convince you that there is no point. Hang it up!
But if the life force is with you and you actually enjoy a little melancholy edge now and again, this may very well be your background music!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great soundtrack with the Kronos Quartet... Love Clint Mansell's scores..Published 4 months ago by Mary L
I love Clint Mansell's work and I believe The Fountain was brilliant. I listen to music while writing technical reports. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Love to Cycle
This album is very annoying, if it's playing and people are in the room they'll tell you to stop playing it.Published 16 months ago by Drew
Beautiful. Powerful. A masterpiece of music. And a really good deal. 33 songs for under ten dollars. Even if some are short, it's still a great deal.Published on June 13, 2014 by Zsa Zsa Cuevas
Complete waste of money!! $0.05 per second!! I want my $0.99 back! What a joke, the preview is all there is, just listen to that and be good.Published on May 7, 2014 by Isaac Mitchell
Allot of the music on this CD sounds very much the same; very moving, bordering on "Apocalyptic". Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Col. Stevens