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(2004)
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Superb Records
(June 7th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release. A score-only re-issue with the same cover (minus the two songs at the end) came from Lionsgate in 2009.
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Buy it... if you prefer to use your film music to establish a general mood or environment, in which case the lyrical half of Crash will function as well as any new age album in existence.

Avoid it... if you're looking for sharp subtlety in construct and development in this score, because it generally connects the disparate characters of the story without really emphasizing any individual, distinguishing characteristics.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,657
WRITTEN 9/12/09
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Crash: (Mark Isham) Television director Paul Haggis struck gold with his transition to directing for the big screen, and he can thank his talents at also writing strong screenplays for that success. His 2004 arthouse film Crash, released in full to theatres in 2005 due its immense popularity, was a rare and difficult ensemble picture, using a powerful story and a collection of capable, but not all A-list actors to breathe life into a race-related tale. Haggis uses the trick of connecting several disparate characters together by one auto accident, but in so doing exposes each of their racial prejudices and allows them to transcend those downsides through positive actions later in the narrative. The tone of the story refrains from preaching, an important aspect of the production that allowed race relations in a somewhat fantasy-land form of Los Angeles to be explored without pounding a message into audiences. The film performed soundly at major awards ceremonies, culminating in its surprising top Oscar win, rewarding Haggis for the extremely intelligent handling of the topic. The film had no relation to a high-profile 1996 picture that had reduced the concept of a car crash to the level of a sexual fetish, but Haggis' Crash did inspire a poorly adapted television series three years later that was not long to survive. The director did not have much money with which to augment his film with a substantial score, though he presented the challenge of another low budget assignment to his friend and collaborator, Mark Isham, who had for years written music for Haggis' television productions. Likewise, an original song by Bird York was written for the film's pivotal final scene. The latter was nominated for an Oscar despite being somewhat distracting (and disconnected from Isham's score) in the film, though it was Isham's contribution that brought the most to the table. The composer, with full knowledge of the challenges presented by such minimally funded assignments, returned to his roots for Crash, utilizing a combination of electronically keyboarded textures (sometimes raw in the rendering) and a solo female operatic voice to perform the entirety of the score. In retrospect, Isham remains proud of his achievement for Crash, correctly assessing his success in offering the film a flowing musical personality that brings an overarching sense of cohesion to the many unrelated characters and events on screen, though he was ultimately brushed aside amongst the plethora of awards nominations afforded the film.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 58:34
• 1. Crash (3:21)
• 2. Go Forth My Son (0:57)
• 3. Hands in Plain Sight (3:48)
• 4. ...Safe Now (1:03)
• 5. No Such Things as Monsters (3:59)
• 6. Find My Baby (4:23)
• 7. Negligence (2:56)
• 8. Flames (7:59)
• 9. Siren (4:41)
• 10. A Really Good Cloak (3:28)
• 11. A Harsh Warning (2:51)
• 12. Saint Christopher (1:55)
• 13. Sense of Touch (6:44)
• 14. In the Deep - performed by Bird York (5:55)
• 15. Maybe Tomorrow - performed by Stereophonics (4:34)

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The insert includes notes from both the director and composer about the score.
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