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The Accountant
(2016)
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Conducted by:
Jasper Randall
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WaterTower Music
(October 7th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release. The CD is a "CDr-on-demand" product.
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Buy it... if you desire ten minutes of moderately engaging Philip Glass-like orchestral rhythms during the expression of the core emotional highlights of this score.

Avoid it... if you expect Mark Isham's keenly precise constructs for the protagonist to intelligently develop into openly clever musical connectivity throughout an otherwise bland suspense environment.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,816
WRITTEN 12/22/16
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The Accountant: (Mark Isham) Serving as the revenge flick for the autistic, 2016's The Accountant depicts a mathematical genius whose rare dual backgrounds in accounting and weaponry lead him to investigate criminal enterprise money laundering and embezzling. Then, naturally, he assassinates the perpetrators as necessary to protect himself and society. It's not a particularly pleasant afternoon breeze, nor does it bolster much confidence in corporate America, but it does supply some momentary satisfaction that the "1%" that is screwing the working man in America can not only be exposed for its financial misdeeds but executed for the transgression as well. The film also allows character-actor favorites J.K. Simmons and John Lithgow to chew on some choice dialogue. The titular character is autistic, and the story embroils itself in a convoluted combination of personality disorder theory, organized crime, and the man's own dysfunctional family. There is sequel potential to be had with The Accountant, and given how the film managed to overcome middling reviews to achieve its own fiscal success, perhaps the main character will tackle the dastardly Trump organization in a sequel. Director Gavin O'Connor reunited with composer Mark Isham for the soundtrack needs of The Accountant, and the director confessed to being at a loss about how to musically address the various facets of the main character's personality. Isham is no stranger to both murky mysteries and violent thrillers, and he approached the project with an idea in mind that ultimately proved to yield a conservatively predictable result. When in doubt, he tends to understate the presence of his material in a film's equation, choosing subtly and texture over outward narrative development, and much of The Accountant is supplied a score that is ambient and electronic by nature. Starting with a base of synthesizers, some of which groaning old 1980's tones coming back to life, he develops a hazy environment of dread while layering rhythmic devices meant clearly to represent the character's mathematical mind. On top of this foundation, he applies an electronic piano to handle the limited range of emotions from the accountant. Finally, a sparse orchestral presence lends some depth to the environment, though its performances only really shine in a few highlight cues of breakout rhythmic crescendos. Fortunately, Isham scales back the dissonance in the soundscape in almost every cue, a logical choice to represent the orderly mind of the protagonist.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 67:35
• 1. At the Ravenite Social Club (2:13)
• 2. Harbor Neuroscience (1:20)
• 3. Do You Like Puzzles? (5:43)
• 4. The Accountant (3:43)
• 5. Rice Farm (3:26)
• 6. Specialized Training (3:56)
• 7. Famous Mathematicians (2:58)
• 8. The Panama Pump (4:34)
• 9. ZZZ Accounting - You Don't See That Everyday (2:30)
• 10. The Trial of Solomon Grundy (4:31)
• 11. Were You a Good Dad? (5:57)
• 12. The Break You Should've Been Looking For (3:26)
• 13. Justine (1:36)
• 14. The End of Solomon Grundy (11:54)
• 15. Brothers (1:52)
• 16. A Unique & Remarkable Young Man (3:14)
• 17. To Leave Something Behind - performed by Sean Rowe (4:51)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. In fact, it's completely blank, containing only a track listing and no crew attribution whatsoever. It is one of the worst insert designs ever published on a commercial CD product in soundtrack history.
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