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21 Grams
(2003)
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Composed, Performed, and Co-Produced by:
Gustavo Santaolalla

Co-Produced by:
Alejandro González Iñárritu
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 9th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you enjoyed the use of this music as a dulling sound effect in a film and are prepared for its intellectually devoid, slow mush of sonic despair on album.

Avoid it... if you don't want to feel as though someone has just clubbed you in the head and you're stumbling around in a dazed stupor.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #583
WRITTEN 12/12/03, REVISED 3/16/09
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21 Grams: (Gustavo Santaolalla) Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Mexican filmmaker who hit the big screen with a big splash due to his Academy Award nomination for Amores Perros in 2000, was already strongly establishing his preference for presenting stories out of chronological order. Such was the case once again with 21 Grams in 2003, a film that tells the doomed tale of torment and salvation through the existence of three people connected by a single traffic accident. Their lives are presented before, during, and after this connection in a disjointed series of time and location shifts, with the numbing whole of the film brilliantly but disturbingly painting a glum overall picture. The film spent several weeks just below the mainstream radar late in 2003 but received a decent response from critics and audiences alike. Iñárritu's fascination with this disconnected form of storytelling, however, wears thin despite the magnificence of its own concept, and the score is yet another sometimes baffling piece of the 21 Grams puzzle. Once a radio personality, Iñárritu seemed enthused by the selections of songs and sounds for his scores. Interestingly, the distinction is exactly that; he utilizes songs from several genres in the film while experimenting with atmospheric sound effects as music in the moments in between the songs. He had collaborated with composer Gustavo Santaolalla for his two previous projects of significance, and the trilogy of music stood as an exercise in experimental minimalism, much like the constructs of the films themselves. Unlike the previous two projects, Santaolalla, winner of four Latin Grammy Awards, was involved with 21 Grams from the pre-production process, with sequences of music written based on the composer's interpretation of the script. That music was then played at shooting sessions to get the actors into the correct frame of mind for their performances. Iñárritu is quick and often to praise this score as a magical masterpiece of emotion, a "telepathic miracle." Then again, you have to take into account the somewhat deranged (talented, but still deranged) methodology of Iñárritu as a director. Whereas he finds Santaolalla's score for 21 Grams to be wildly inspiring, it's just as easy to dismiss the music as aimless, lethargic sound effects lacking in personality and direction.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:21
• 1. Do We Lose 21 Grams? (2:28)
• 2. Can Things Be Better? (1:16)
• 3. Did This Really Happen? (1:02)
• 4. Cut Chemist Suite - performed by Ozomatli (4:32)
• 5. Should I Let Her Know? (1:27)
• 6. Can Emptiness Be Filled? (1:05)
• 7. Shake Rattle and Roll - performed by Benicio del Toro (6:09)
• 8. Can I Be Forgiven? (1:37)
• 9. Low Rider - performed by WAR (3:08)
• 10. Is There a Way to Help Her? (0:45)
• 11. Does He Who Looks for the Truth, Deserve the Punishment for Finding It? (1:41)
• 12. You're Losing Me - performed by Ann Sexton (2:17)
• 13. Can Dry Leaves Help Us? (3:53)
• 14. Can We Mix the Unmixable? (Remix) (1:59)
• 15. Can Light Be Found in the Darkness? (2:22)
• 16. When Our Wings Are Cut, Can We Still Fly? - performed by The Kronos Quartet (2:27)

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The insert includes detailed information about the score from director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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