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The Hurt Locker
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:
Marco Beltrami
Buck Sanders
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Lakeshore Records
(January 19th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you want to shatter the sanity in your head with an incredibly challenging, dissonant musical extension of the sound effects used to convey the alienating suspense of the impossible circumstances in the film.

Avoid it... if you purchase your soundtracks with the intent of enjoying them, for the depressing pseudo-music for The Hurt Locker is so frightfully obnoxious that even suicidal people may find it too disturbing to put them into the right mood for killing themselves.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,529
WRITTEN 2/19/10
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The Hurt Locker: (Marco Beltrami/Buck Sanders) Bouncing around the festival tour for a year, director Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker became the top intellectual thriller of the late 2009 awards season, matching James Cameron's Avatar in recognition and rewarded with nearly unanimously positive reviews from critics. Based upon the accounts of a journalist embedded with an elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in the American Army during the early years of the second war in Iraq, the film follows the lives of members of the team as they encounter a variety of difficult, sometimes unsolvable situations in their line of duty. The film is ultimately an extremely depressing one, depicting the action of this team as addictive and leading its primary protagonist to leave his family to serve another tour of duty in the same brutal conditions. While technically masterful and intended to be as authentic as possible (being shot just outside of Iraq in Jordan and Kuwait), The Hurt Locker was not as well received by actual veterans of the war, many of whom dismissed Bigelow's story as completely unrealistic and therefore a very poor representation of the actual conditions in which similar soldiers find themselves. Nevertheless, it's the type of film that meets or exceeds the expectations of an industry thirsty for documentary-style drama from an unpopular war. Its disturbing atmosphere was an element that Bigelow wanted to be enhanced by the music for the film, and she sought a score from Marco Beltrami and his collaborative assistant, Buck Sanders, that would not interfere through the use of a sympathetic, recognizable orchestral sound. The two composers had shared screen credit twice before, Sanders responsible for some of the soundscape textures heard in Beltrami's work. Because the primary character has something of a cowboy attitude, Beltrami chose to address him with a very slight Western-style theme and instrumentation, though this material is limited to just a few minutes on album. Despite the employment of a tiny chamber ensemble for a handful of sequences, the majority of the score for The Hurt Locker contains an intentionally grating blend of electronic and organic sounds manipulated into a frightfully uncomfortable series of dissonant waves of dull sound.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:07
• 1. The Hurt Locker (1:52)
• 2. Goodnight Bastard (4:09)
• 3. The Long Walk (1:43)
• 4. Hostile (3:25)
• 5. B Company (2:29)
• 6. Man in the Green Bomb Suit (2:03)
• 7. There Will Be Bombs (2:07)
• 8. Body Bomb (2:34)
• 9. Bleeding Deacon (1:16)
• 10. Oil Tanker Aftermath (3:32)
• 11. A Guest in My House (3:08)
• 12. The Way I Am (2:29)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the score and film.
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