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The Town
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Justin Caine Burnett

Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva Screen Records
(September 14th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release. The European album was released a few weeks later.
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Buy it... only if you are very familiar with Harry Gregson-Williams' established electronic suspense mode of atmospheric intent and seek a restrained extension of the thematic development in Gone Baby Gone.

Avoid it... if you expect anything before the final minute of this sadly generic, largely ambient score to match the depth of development in the characters of The Town.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,318
WRITTEN 9/16/10
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The Town: (Harry Gregson-Williams/David Buckley) The humanization of professional criminals is the goal of Ben Affleck's 2010 crime thriller The Town, examining the psyches of a veteran crew of bank robbers in Boston and, in particular, the mixed emotions that result when the group's leader falls in love with the manager at the bank of one of his prior robberies. Affleck writes, directs, and stars in the picture, conveying his disillusionment with his family-honored profession but finding it difficult to extract himself from his crew even when the FBI closes in on him. Buzz about The Town prior to its release was overwhelmingly positive, Affleck's ability to generate interest in a generic concept through engrossing character development praised early and often. Among the consistencies in Affleck's style of moviemaking, along with all the hallmarks of Boston, is the kind of music he has preferred in both this film and his directorial debut in 2007, Gone Baby Gone. He returns once again to the services of veteran chameleon Harry Gregson-Williams to provide the balance between technologically-defined, urban suspense and traditionally harmonic, character-based themes. Gregson-Williams' career has been difficult to define since his successful graduation from his affiliation with Hans Zimmer, alternating between orchestral epics and extremely minimalistic suspense scores. The latter style has tormented fans of the former since the late 1990's, and the composer's workmanlike synthetic ambience keeps him busy despite translating into generally boring listening experiences on album that appeal to only a subsection of his collectors. A fellow composer and regular collaborator of Gregson-Williams is David Buckley, who wrote additional music for many of the more famous composer's assignments, including Gone Baby Gone. For The Town, Buckley finally receives official co-compositional credit for his contribution, though the score doesn't really have any of the usual indicators of incongruence or disparate styles that sometimes results from such partnerships. Anyone familiar with Gone Baby Gone and this pair's prior suspense works on a smaller budget (or limited scope) will hear absolutely nothing new in The Town. Unfortunately, with the depth of character development in this film, a more intellectually thoughtful and less conservatively ambient approach may have been a better solution.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:52
• 1. Charlestown (2:18)
• 2. Bank Attack (3:38)
• 3. Doug Reflects (1:53)
• 4. FBI Show & Tell (1:48)
• 5. OxyContin (2:09)
• 6. Healing and Stealing (3:12)
• 7. Nuns With Guns (3:40)
• 8. The Necklace (2:19)
• 9. The Wreath (1:24)
• 10. Cathedral of Boston (2:28)
• 11. Fenway (3:09)
• 12. Who Called 911? (3:07)
• 13. Making the Switch (2:39)
• 14. Sunny Days (2:27)
• 15. Leaving (2:54)
• 16. The Letter (2:47)

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