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Promised Land
(2012)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Rick Wentworth

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Relativity Music Group
(December 28th, 2012)

Sony Classical (Europe)
(April 23rd, 2013)
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The album was originally available only as a download option. Four months later, Sony Classical released a CD of the same contents in Europe only.
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Buy it... if you allow yourself to become absorbed in Danny Elfman's small, introspective dramatic scores, this one mundane in many parts but featuring a few engaging cues of rhythmic urgency and wholesome piano.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to evoke any true sense of Americana spirit, its drama tightly contained in a somber, lightly developed package without obvious themes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,736
WRITTEN 8/2/13
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Promised Land: (Danny Elfman) The most interesting aspect of Gus Van Sant, Matt Damon, and John Krasinski's 2012 drama, Promised Land, is not the fact that it conveys a biased view of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the energy corporations in general, but reports that the project was financed by a media company owned completely by the government of the United Arab Emirates, which naturally has an interest in curbing American energy development. The modest, $15 million project was originally to be directed by Damon, but he eventually sought the assistance of Good Will Hunting collaborator Van Sant to bring the seemingly wholesome drama to the big screen. Damon plays a "convincer" for the energy industry, an agent who goes to small American towns and convinces the residents to sign over the drilling rights of the land to the energy companies for the purposes of extracting natural gas through the fracking process. The controversy surrounding Promised Land, of course, rests in revelations that the drilling practice causes contamination of ground water and, more intriguingly, unexplainable earthquakes that, as of 2012 had already hit the Midwest of America most likely because of these activities. Unfortunately for the political interests pushing the film, critics and audiences were not impressed by the character drama in which the message was packaged, and Promised Land ultimately failed to earn back its budget. The cynicism with which the energy industry is portrayed in the film caused an immediate and forceful backlash from those corporations and their political allies, who advertised heavily against the film in Pennsylvania, where it was set and shot with mostly local crews. Not from that region but amenable to the liberal politics of the topic is composer Danny Elfman, who had worked with Van Sant several times before to mutual satisfaction. The year was an extraordinarily busy one for Elfman, who stated after his hectic schedule with six scores in 2012 that he would try to limit his output to only three or four per year from that point forward. His initial inclination for Promised Land, which was among his least intensive works of the year (along with Silver Linings Playbook), was to tackle the subject with only percussion instruments, a potentially fascinating method of musically representing the somewhat martial habits of the energy industry (at least from a leftist point of view) and perhaps even the mechanical methodology of the actual drilling process. He eventually abandoned that plan and added woodwind and string elements to the equation, likely for the warmth necessary to address the townspeople of the story.



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Average: 2.96 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
**** 25 4 Stars
*** 32 3 Stars
** 32 2 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:08
• 1. Logo (0:57)
• 2. Traveling (2:40)
• 3. Going to Work (2:42)
• 4. The Meeting (3:12)
• 5. The Bribe (1:22)
• 6. Classroom (4:51)
• 7. Turn Around (1:43)
• 8. Time Lapse (1:11)
• 9. Alice's Farm (3:04)
• 10. Weepy Donuts (2:22)
• 11. Lighthouse (1:57)
• 12. Revelation (3:49)
• 13. The Speech (2:12)
• 14. Classroom (Alt. Version) (4:36)
• 15. Snake Eyes* (2:36)
* composed and performed by The Milk Carton Kids

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