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The Score
(2001)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Suzana Peric
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 10th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire a consistently propulsive background listening experience in the form of light jazz rhythms, 1970's styles of progression, and hints of noir tension.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to rise above its workmanlike efficiency and offer a dynamic personality that can elevate it beyond the potentially tedious levels of monotony heard in its highly consistent tone.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #755
WRITTEN 7/24/01, REVISED 2/8/09
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The Score: (Howard Shore) Great casts can easily be wasted with a substandard script, and Frank Oz's poorly paced The Score, riddled with unnecessary plot twists at the end, does exactly that. Both Robert De Niro and Edward Norton, playing characters at opposite ends of their careers in high crime, sleepwalk through the film. It also represented the end of the line for the legendary Marlon Brando, whose ego, despite his close proximity to death, was still so difficult to manage (especially with the man insisting on walking onto sets with his penis hanging out, even after his abuse of his body had long ago turned him grotesquely obese) that he refused to perform his small role for The Score if the director was in the room. The entire production revealed itself to be a disappointment, a potentially incendiary caper gone sour. For composer Howard shore, The Score also represented an end of a line, so to speak, because this was his last mainstream work before he would stun the world with his music for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring later that year. Until that point, he had acquired the nickname of "cult scorer" in some circles because of the kinds of films he had chosen to score in the 1990's. Like Carter Burwell, in many ways, Shore's assignments typically hinged on the outer borders of the mainstream and were difficult to appreciate on album more often than not. His style of writing lent itself to obscurity, for he wasn't the type to embrace bombast or melodic theme. But his scores always had a gritty edge to them, and The Score is a perfect example of that. While his music for Lord of the Rings did finally bring Shore's career the recognition many thought it had already deserved, there was hope that The Score would actually be that popular vehicle. It didn't turn out as such, but while many of Shore's scores aren't good listening experiences when divorced from their films, The Score is an exception. Because the veteran criminal portrayed by De Niro also happens to own and run a jazz club in Montreal, Shore appropriately sets the mood of the score to a fast paced, jazzy, urban atmosphere with a hint of noir style. Seasoned film score collectors will find this music to be an intriguing mix of Burwell's complicated structures (and brooding tone in parts) and the flair of David Holmes' snazzy material for the Oceans Eleven franchise.



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Diana Krall Song - I'll make it up as I go   Expand >>
Rick Adlington - January 17, 2003, at 3:00 p.m.
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Newest: April 24, 2006, at 1:50 a.m. by
Kata
End of movie songs
Sandi Bee - November 2, 2002, at 6:03 p.m.
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C. Wilson and D. Krall songs?   Expand >>
Perry wilson - July 27, 2001, at 5:25 p.m.
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Newest: September 22, 2003, at 2:56 a.m. by
Roman
There is this "noir" feeling
Mac Styran - July 25, 2001, at 3:36 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:37
• 1. Main Title (3:48)
• 2. Customs (1:29)
• 3. Flashback (4:10)
• 4. Recon (4:59)
• 5. Sapperstein (3:03)
• 6. Ironclad (1:50)
• 7. Files (1:15)
• 8. The Score Begins (2:00)
• 9. Set Up (1:58)
• 10. Run Late (4:00)
• 11. Suspended (7:12)
• 12. Bye Bye (2:24)

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