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The Departed
(2006)
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New Line Records
(December 5th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release. The score was available for download on iTunes a few weeks prior to the CD's release.
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Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you enjoy contemporary guitar performances (acoustic and electric) set to snazzy tango rhythms.

Avoid it... if the overtly stylish and surprising Latin flavor reaches beyond your acceptable boundaries of the American mob film genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #970
WRITTEN 12/30/06
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The Departed: (Howard Shore) Hailed as a return to director Martin Scorsese's great films of yesteryear, The Departed is about as critically acclaimed as a film can be. Adapted from B-grade Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs by screenwriter William Monahan, the film improves upon the original concept with both superior dialogue and an unquestionably magnificent cast. The setting has been moved to Boston's Irish American community, ruled by Jack Nicholson's delightfully ruthless hand. Intrigue is poured into the cat-and-mouse game of infiltration by moles planted in both the mob and police force. Even people knowledgeable about the plotline of Infernal Affairs have proven to be captivated by Scorsese's grand expansion of the tale, and the film should perform well in the awards season. The use of music in Scorsese films has always varied widely due to the different periods in which his films have taken place, though as per usual in his more modern stories, he utilizes a few choice song placements that are worthy of notice. In The Departed, he incorporates the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" for the third time (after Goodfellas and Casino) and Van Morrison's cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" during a key scene. The film would mark the fourth entry in the collaboration between Scorsese and composer Howard Shore, who has grown to become the director's favorite as of late. Unlike the somewhat predictable music for their most recent project, The Aviator, the score for The Departed is a refreshingly strange twist on mob music, quite literally. While it may not seem logical to any extent on the surface, Scorsese gave Shore the idea of using tango rhythms to portray the complex dance between criminals and cops. Shore builds on this relationship by running with the idea, providing a mob film with a Latin flavor that, for some reason of perhaps brilliant proportions, seems to work. With the rhythmic movement of the tango providing the majority of the score's personality in and of itself, Shore's actual ensemble doesn't have to be large. He employs four guitarists, the elements of a rock band, and a sizable string section from an orchestra.



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Average: 3.16 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:42
• 1. Cops or Criminals (2:01)
• 2. 344 Wash (2:03)
• 3. Beacon Hill (2:36)
• 4. The Faithful Departed (3:01)
• 5. Colin (2:09)
• 6. Madolyn (2:14)
• 7. Billy's Theme (6:58)
• 8. Command (3:15)
• 9. Chinatown (3:16)
• 10. Boston Common (2:53)
• 11. Miss Thing (1:45)
• 12. The Baby (2:48)
• 13. The Last Rites (3:05)
• 14. The Departed Tango (3:38)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note from Shore about the score.
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