Road-Original Film Score Import, Soundtrack
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The Road is the most recent Cormac McCarthy novel adaptation. A haunting and harrowing look into human nature in a post apocalyptic world. It contains everything of the genre but is presented in a much more quieter way. This is not Mad Max. The main theme is somewhat reminiscent of Eric Satie in that it's a minimalist piano tune. Of course it's backed by that signature violin that has become the Cave & Ellis sound. Tracks like "The Road" and "The Mother" have a nurturing and hopeful tone, and that sets up our main characters on their journey. Within the score you will also find some terrifying music; atmospheric horror that will make your tear up, put a knot in your stomach and tingle your spine. If I had to compare the style it would be to Akira Yamaoka's work on the Silent Hill franchise. "The House" and "The Cellar" are quite unsettling tracks to listen to and even more so if you've seen the film. While the score plunges into a hellish nightmare at times it resurfaces back to that nurturing beauty towards the end.
This is an amazing score. It is nothing short of brilliant and stands up with their previous work as something all film enthusiasts should take note of. While it may be less thematic and more atmospheric than their previous work it doesn't change the fact that this score will emotionally move and stir you in a profound way.
For the music, Hillcoat once again turned to songwriter and musician Nick Cave and violinist Warren Ellis, who worked on Hillcoat's previous films The Proposition and To Have and To Hold. Like the film itself, Cave's music is desolate and unforgiving, a bleak and dour musical depiction of a bleak and dour world. His score is mainly string based, with textures here and there for woodwinds, piano and, oddly, a tinkling celesta-type instrument that occasionally creeps into the mix, giving the score a child-like feeling. The majority of the score is thematically limited, and is instead content to present a series of ambient, almost droning orchestral textures, although there are one or two cues that stand out. "The Road" is a restrained, minimalist piano piece overlaid by a yearning solo violin that seems to lamenting the loss of the world, and acts as the score's main recurring thematic element.
Variations on this style of writing appear later in cues such as "The Real Thing" and "The Far Road".Read more ›
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This was a gift from me to another. He really enjoys it, plays it frequently; likes the moodiness. Also recalls the scenes from the movie as well.Published on April 10, 2014 by DJ
The score sounds like the composer could not think of what to put down and had only one good song over and over through out the CD. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by JerseyGirl
this is a fabulous CD ..a superb mastery of incredible strength of mood. The timing, so delicate & delicious brings
sensitivity to the ears!!!!i love it!! Read more