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Music From Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy by Jacob Groth (Review)

posted Sep 13, 2010, 10:16 AM by Kaya Savas

Okay, so if anyone is confused about the musical releases here is the deal. The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo did get an individual score release. This album while it does contain themes from the first film is mainly a dedicated album to the other two films in the trilogy. If you're into films at all then you probably already know about the Millennium trilogy. Almost overnight these films adapted from the successful novels became a huge hit. The film follows our heroine in a sort of noir styled world and explores themes of sexual abuse towards women. In fact the author was inspired to write these novels after witnessing a young girl gang raped at the age of 15 and felt guilty because he didn't help. Jacob Groth dedicated this album to all the women who suffer from abuse in the world because these stories made him feel embarrassed on behalf of all men.

The music is not traditional so don't go in expecting a traditional score. The music has a very modern feel and a punk attitude to it. It's definitely not a rock infused score though. Groth uses strings backed with electronic percussion. It's a very dreary score that serves more for creating an atmosphere. The music feels very personal towards the character and I believe Groth did an excellent job of giving us perspective from our main character's point of view. The track "Abuse" for example is a very unsettling and even uncomfortable track. I think it does do a good job of giving us a musical gateway to let the viewer feel that uncomfortableness.

The world that Groth creates is not a pretty one, but the journey is unique and it certainly paints a character portrait through the music. With that portrait sculpted out it allows the viewer to experience what Lisbeth is going through and brings us into her world. The films have become a huge success. So big that David Fincher is already working on the American remake of at least the first film in the trilogy. I doubt that Fincher will bring on Groth to do the remake so I urge people to experience his original work before whoever does the new score takes a crack at it.
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