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Burn After Reading
(2008)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(September 16th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've always maintained the ability to embrace and appreciate Carter Burwell's darkly elusive musical structures and brooding tones, trademarks embroiled in a battle of wills with sparse percussive brutality and slight noir elegance in this score.

Avoid it... if the application of stark Taiko drum rhythms with metallic grinding effects to much of this score makes it even less of a promising prospect for your existing cynicism about Burwell's ability to write accessible music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,818
WRITTEN 8/12/11
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Burn After Reading: (Carter Burwell) Movies about idiots are the specialty of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, each of their projects existing in an alternate universe where absolutely everyone on screen seems to be dumber or less pragmatic than, believe it or not, the population actually is. Once again, Burn After Reading gives viewers an accomplished cast (of Coen regulars, for the most part) forced to play fools in convoluted romantic and espionage dealings that are beyond all common sense, maintaining the black comedy environment of awkward interactions and gruesome deaths typical to the Coens' world. Their plot for the 2008 movie essentially takes high stakes government espionage and reduces it to a farce, telling of a CIA agent who quits rather be demoted and then suffers through a divorce and the theft of his unfinished memoirs by fitness center morons who in turn mistaken it for the kind of material worth selling to Russian agents. The messy love triangles and totally senseless actions of practically every character are doused in the stink of the Coen Brothers' usual lack of logic, meaning that the film will appeal to their dedicated fanbases but have limited success with viewers seeking a story that holds any sensible value. Greeted with a limited number of awards nominations and mixed to positive reviews, Burn After Reading did surprisingly well in the worldwide box office, grossing more than four times its budget. Among the usual Coen crew members contributing to the appeal of the movie is composer Carter Burwell, whose involvement with Burn After Reading represented the 12th collaboration with the filmmakers. His distinctive style of darkly elusive music, defined by his somber melodies and trademark use of disjointed chords and unnatural meters, has come to musically shape the sound of many of the Coen Brothers' films, though while those techniques are heard as expected in Burn After Reading, the intent with this particular score was to take the tone of Burwell's sound even more primal and challenging than before.



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Average: 2.72 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 35:58
• 1. Earth Zoom (In) (1:20)
• 2. A Higher Patriotism (1:36)
• 3. Linda Looks For Love (Part 1) (1:40)
• 4. Night Running (2:27)
• 5. Building the Chair (1:02)
• 6. Rendezvous (0:45)
• 7. Opportunity (1:40)
• 8. Plan B (1:18)
• 9. Seating (2:02)
• 10. Homeless (0:55)
• 11. Harry Looks For Love (0:31)
• 12. Breaking and Entering (3:41)
• 13. I Killed a Spook (1:15)
• 14. Honey Nut Cheerios (0:56)
• 15. Tuchman Marsh (1:45)
• 16. Carrots/Shot (1:04)
• 17. Linda Looks For Love (Part 2) (1:19)
• 18. Who Are You? (1:07)
• 19. How is This Possible? (2:17)
• 20. Negativity (1:00)
• 21. The Struggle For Ebullience (1:35)
• 22. Intruder! (3:22)
• 23. Earth Zoom (Out) (1:22)

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