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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Review)

posted Jan 19, 2012, 6:37 PM by Kaya Savas

David Fincher sticks with the Nine Inch Nails duo for this massive beast of a score that will take you multiple listens to fully appreciate what's going on here. That is if you have the patience and sanity to sift through all 3 discs of music. The Social Network was a great debut for Reznor but the score obviously lacked a lot even though the praise it got states otherwise. On the Blu-ray it was revealed that Reznor and Ross didn't score to picture and it was up to Fincher and his editor to craft a score out of the music that was produced. Now, I don't know what the process was this time but I would say they paid more attention to scene structure. A lot of scenes were edited well to the music, but then again the music could have been composed beforehand. Hopefully a featurette on the Blu-ray will reveal  the process.

For what is included here there is a lot to be experienced, and more of it borders on sound design than say melodic or thematic music. This is a fully synthesized score that blends textures, tones, drones and atmospheres to craft certain emotional states. Any traditional score fan or traditional musician might scoff at this score, but the meticulous execution of it all gives everything an immense precision. I think any fan of Akira Yamaoka's scores to the Silent Hill games will appreciate this score immensely. It is dark and gritty and very ambient. The music will make you uncomfortable and unsettle you, but as a complete experience is strangely unique. While I can't say the music is as accessible as The Social Network it definitely absorbed me into a bizarre state of mind for the duration of the listen.

This is a monster of a score that needs to be experienced, and I think everybody will take something different away from it. I can see a lot of people hating it and I can see a lot of people loving it. I do love it, and it works immensely well to the picture. It's definitely not a 1-note score but rather a very dynamic experience with multiple layers. The 3 CD's are worth going through as the layers peel away like an onion the deeper and deeper you go. Some of it may be confusing but all of it is startling in a good way.