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Noah
(2014)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Clint Mansell

Co-Orchestrated, Arranged, and Conducted by:
Matt Dunkley

Co-Orchestrated by:
Tony Blondal
Richard Bronskill
Stephen Coleman

Co-Produced by:
Geoff Foster
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Nonesuch Records
(March 25th, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you respect Clint Mansell's ability to reflect the eccentricities of director Darren Aronofsky in his music, in this case yielding the typically thoughtful result while also striving for satisfyingly engaging emotional extroversion.

Avoid it... if you are either a Christian fundamentalist looking as usual for any reason to find offense with contemporary interpretations or, conversely, if you expect Mansell to stew solely in ambient sound design akin to some of his prior heralded works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,198
WRITTEN 4/20/14
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Noah: (Clint Mansell) Whether you are a devout fundamentalist Christian or a godless secular liberal, you have to admire the audacity of director, writer, and producer Darren Aronofsky, who, with the help of writer Ari Handel, took a very brief passage from the Bible and managed to flesh it out into a pensively timeless action affair in Noah. While the 2014 film was destined to stir discontent from certain sectors of the Christian right (not to mention its total ban in Islamic nations), Aronofsky's vision manages to examine the tale from both evolutionary and environmentalist perspectives, essentially applying the concept to modern cultural advancements. Some involved with the production viewed their efforts as a contemporary re-imagining of the source material while others went so far as to allude to the possibility that Noah is vaguely enough conceived that it could take place in the far future. Regardless of the backlash, an anticipated issue that caused significant friction between Aronofsky and Paramount in the post-production of the film (you can only imagine the test screenings for religious audiences that came back negative), the movie was a hit with many critics and mainstream audiences, validating the director's liberal interpretations of the story and its shifting into the action realm. In that regard, it isn't significantly different from any fantasy adventure topic of deeply contemplative origins. That perspective is clearly how composer Clint Mansell approached the project's music. The regular musical collaborator of Aronofsky, the pop musician-turned-film composer has received the bulk of his acclaim from the industry for his unconventional music for Aronofsky favorites like Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, and Black Swan in the latter half of the 2000's. These scores, aside from the adaptation of Piotr Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" in Black Swan, have proven to be an acquired taste, Mansell's style of composition experimentally atmospheric and relying upon cerebral blends of traditional and electronic instrumentation to produce what many listeners refer to as glorified sound design. That isn't to say that Mansell hasn't attempted a typical motific film score; the comparatively brainless Sahara is a rousing adventure work that is more the sound of orchestrator and conductor Nicholas Dodd than anything else.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 78:30
Wickedness:
• 1. In the Beginning, There Was Nothing (4:11)
• 2. The World Was Filled With Violence (1:30)
• 3. The End of All Flesh is Before Me (2:15)
• 4. Sweet Savour (4:28)
• 5. The Fallen Ones (3:57)
• 6. For Seasons, and For Days, and Years (2:27)

Innocence:
• 7. Make Thee an Ark (5:09)
• 8. Every Creeping Thing That Creeps (5:46)
• 9. I Will Destroy Them (2:53)
• 10. Flesh of My Flesh (1:42)
• 11. The Wickedness of Man (1:39)
• 12. In Sorrow Thou Shalt Bring Forth Children (3:55)

Judgement:
• 13. Your Eyes Shall Be Opened, and Ye Shall Be as Gods (2:24)
• 14. The Flood Waters Were Upon the World (3:01)
• 15. By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (3:33)
• 16. The Judgement of Man (2:45)
• 17. The Spirit of the Creator Moved Upon the Face of the Waters (3:00)
• 18. Forty Days and Nights (2:20)
• 19. What is This That Thou Hast Done? (2:11)

Mercy:
• 20. The Fear and the Dread of You (4:23)
• 21. And He Remembered Noah (4:18)
• 22. Day and Night Shall Not Cease (5:49)
• 23. Mercy Is - performed by Patti Smith (4:11)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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