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Argo
(2012)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Jean-Pascal Beintus
Clifford J. Tasner
Bill Newlin
Nan Schwartz
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
WaterTower Music
(October 9th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also available through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe, a Grammy Award, and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you demand an intelligent approach to the geopolitical thriller genre, Alexandre Desplat satisfying stereotypical scoring techniques while also exploring enough new stylistic ground to generate an engagingly fresh score.

Avoid it... if an intentionally disparate soundscape pitting sappy orchestral melody on one side and Middle-Eastern soloists in tense rhythms on the other is still too transparent for your liking, despite this score's significant improvement over Syriana.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,068
WRITTEN 10/16/12
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Desplat
Desplat
Argo: (Alexandre Desplat) Although the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 is largely remembered as a disaster for American President Jimmy Carter, there was one bright spot in the history of that event. With cooperation between the CIA and the Canadian government, six of the hostages were freed from Iran using the creative ruse of a movie production company that was scouting locations at which to shoot a science fiction film in the country. The movie and its crew were completely fabricated, the CIA laboriously setting up a studio in Los Angeles for the fake picture and even placing ads in newspapers for the project. The "Argo" film was used to explain the hostages as crew members, and their escape was nearly thwarted by Iranian revolutionaries who slowly came to realize what was happening. The release of the 2012 account of these events in Argo was somewhat controversial, some facts dramatically exaggerated, the ethnicity of the casting incorrect, and its timing with the American presidential election and ongoing Iranian tensions questioned, especially with President Carter featuring prominently at the end of the film. Nevertheless, Argo was highly praised by critics and padded the career of director, producer, and actor Ben Affleck with another successful character story. The project was one natural to the abilities of composer Alexandre Desplat, whose career has included the 2005 Iranian-themed thriller Syriana, which, like Argo, was co-produced by George Clooney. Several political thrillers, in fact, litter Desplat's career, and his knack for unusually intelligent instrumental and rhythmic applications would serve Argo well. The French composer's approach to the topic is not particularly surprising, extending basic ideas out of Syriana and merging them with the melancholy tones of John Debney's The Stoning of Soraya M. and a hint of the orchestral melodrama associated with mainstream Hollywood representations of Western infusion into the region, a technique common to composers like James Horner. The resulting mixture of authenticity and sappiness is remarkably effective for Desplat, who continues to conjure enough interesting musical ideas in this assignment to compensate for its more generic, crowd-pleasing moments. Whereas Syriana remains a cold and alienating listening experience, Argo reaches for and engages the listener by inserting dramatic depth into most of its otherwise tense cues featuring regional instruments. There's almost a touch of A.R. Rahman in this merging of sensibilities, yielding a remarkably accessible result.

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Average: 2.92 Stars
***** 34 5 Stars
**** 52 4 Stars
*** 48 3 Stars
** 54 2 Stars
* 42 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 58:37
• 1. Argo (3:38)
• 2. A Spy in Tehran (4:18)
• 3. Scent of Death (3:26)
• 4. The Mission (2:07)
• 5. Hotel Messages (2:03)
• 6. Held Up By Guards (5:31)
• 7. The Business Card (2:55)
• 8. Breaking Through the Gates (3:50)
• 9. Tony Grills the Six (3:30)
• 10. The Six Are Missing (3:21)
• 11. Sweatshop (1:31)
• 12. Drive to the Airport (3:45)
• 13. Missing Home (3:00)
• 14. Istanbul - The Blue Mosque (2:18)
• 15. Bazaar (3:45)
• 16. Cleared Iranian Airspace (6:01)
• 17. Hace Tuto Guagua (Traditional) - performed by Familion (3:39)

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