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The Girl on the Train
(2016)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(September 30th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release. The CD is a "CDr-on-demand" product. A vinyl release is also available.
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Buy it... if you are fully prepared for a depressingly disillusioning listening experience that contains more intelligent thematic and instrumental deconstruction and reconstruction than you might expect to encounter in this genre.

Avoid it... if no keen musical manipulation by Elfman for the concept of gaslighting, not even the ten minutes of accessible material at the beginning and end, can compensate for the hideously mind-numbing and abrasive midsection of this score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,723
WRITTEN 12/18/16
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The Girl on the Train: (Danny Elfman) There must be an endlessly deep well of desire in the public for horrific stories of disillusionment in everyday life, because how else do you explain the immense popularity of the 2015 best-selling novel and 2016 box office success of The Girl on the Train? Granted, the concept of "gaslighting" is intriguing, especially if you've ever considered yourself to be a party in a psychologically abusive relationship, but there is nothing pleasant about the fight for sanity and salvation seen in the plot of The Girl on the Train, which largely matches between book and film. A murder mystery in an otherwise idyllic suburban setting is told primarily through the perspective of a woman who suffers from alcoholism so severe that she cannot remember her own actions. After losing her marriage, she stalks and harasses her ex-husband, his new wife, and their neighbors, engrossed by their existence as she watches them from her train window on the way to work. Unbeknownst to her, there is an unsavory entanglement of sex affairs between a number of secondary characters in this equation, and once people start dying, she sets about trying to stay sober long enough to solve the mystery. Director Tate Taylor had collaborated successfully on prior pictures with composer Thomas Newman, but for the suspense realm in The Girl on the Train, he turned to Danny Elfman, who has tackled this type of subject in a career line parallel to his better-known fantasy and children's film blockbusters. Elfman's tactics in the highly personal drama and suspense genres is hit and miss, but he rarely barges ahead with his more minimalistic soundscapes without providing at least some intelligence to the work. The pair of The Unknown Known and Fifty Shades of Grey in recent years, in fact, were quite impressive in how Elfman incorporated rhythmic devices and varying levels of tortured tonality to convey the notion of suspicion and lust, both of which very applicable to The Girl on the Train. Not surprisingly, this 2016 score occasionally resembles both those scores, but only in their vague structural and instrumental similarities. Rather, Elfman treats this film to some of the most abrasive horror tones of his career, all in an effort to address the mind-numbing gaslighting element of the story. Anyone approaching this music expecting an effortless or positive listening experience is probably being gaslighted themselves, because the word "pleasant" is the last thing you'd use to describe this musical journey.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 51:54
• 1. Riding the Train (4:05)
• 2. Something's Not Right (2:31)
• 3. Megan (1:45)
• 4. Rachel (2:32)
• 5. Stolen? (0:46)
• 6. 3 Women (1:35)
• 7. All Fucked Up! (2:28)
• 8. Wasted (2:11)
• 9. Missing Time (2:04)
• 10. Day One (0:47)
• 11. Deviled Eggs (0:57)
• 12. Touch Myself (1:37)
• 13. Uncertainty (0:57)
• 14. The Perfect Couple/Password (2:46)
• 15. I'm Sorry (5:03)
• 16. A Sad Liar (1:38)
• 17. You're Always Wasted (2:10)
• 18. Memory (6:19)
• 19. Really Creepy (4:03)
• 20. Just Desserts (0:59)
• 21. Self Defense (2:21)
• 22. Resolution (1:13)
• 23. The Girl on the Train - Main Titles (1:10)

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