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Donnie Darko
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2002 Everloving
2004 Sanctuary
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Performed by:
Michael Andrews
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Everloving Records
(April 2nd, 2002)

Sanctuary Records UK
(October 11th, 2004)
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The 2002 American album is a regular U.S. release that remained in print for the rest of the decade. The 2004 European album (a song and score combo) has since gone out of print and sold for over $100.
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Buy it... if you're a generally well-adjusted and happy person who has wondered what it would be like to lose all hope in life, in which case this drab electronic score on your stereo's repeat function will send you in the right direction.

Avoid it... if you're already being treated for hallucinations or depression with a variety of pills and therapies, in which case scores like this one will smother whatever sparks of life that still fire in your brain.
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WRITTEN 11/24/09
Donnie Darko: (Michael Andrews) The word "depressing" doesn't even begin to describe Donnie Darko. It's not the gore-fest that many disturbing pop culture hits of the 2000's are, but rather a science fiction contemplation of death and destiny with an immensely disturbing ending. Why films like this even exist is a worthy question, because most audiences are unlikely to even understand first time director Richard Kelly's purpose. Even if you do get some satisfaction from the exploration of alternate universes and the idea escaping one's fate, the ending of Donnie Darko is so grim that it's not worth the questions even being posed. Still, people like to be emotionally yanked around in these sorts of ways, especially if the topic includes teen romance and cute, young stars staring off into nothingness. After grossing only half a million dollars upon trying to woo arthouse crowds at its 2001 release, Donnie Darko became a hit in DVD circulation due to fantastic word of mouth. This led to a director's cut that was re-distributed to theatres in 2004. You do have to give credit to the production for making the most out of a small budget. Along with a decent cast, Donnie Darko also sports surprisingly good visual effects that took advantage of the ever-lessening expense of CGI renderings. Unfortunately, one area in which the production went for the cheapest possible option was in its original score, which became the first feature assignment of a composer for whom lesser television series had been the pinnacle of his output. As with anytime a traditional band member enters the realm of film scoring, there are perils of inexperience that inevitably lead to a score that strives to match the atmosphere of a film without really adding any new dimension to it. Such is exactly the case with Donnie Darko, which features a score that suffices in its basic addressing of the topic without actually containing any clever sense of direction that can foreshadow or help explain the non-linear movements of the film. It is a stream of consciousness score with an extremely conservative stance in mind from the start. Low budgets often force composers to be extremely creative, but at other times, they simply yield basically sufficient but ultimately pointless background noise. To say that Michael Andrews' Donnie Darko transcends beyond the struggles of the latter category would be an insult to the plethora of more interesting film music in existence.

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Average: 3.38 Stars
***** 55 5 Stars
**** 20 4 Stars
*** 13 3 Stars
** 19 2 Stars
* 29 1 Stars
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Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:23
• 1. Carpathian Ridge (1:35)
• 2. The Tangent Universe (1:50)
• 3. The Artifact & Living (2:30)
• 4. Middlesex Times (1:42)
• 5. Manipulated Living (2:08)
• 6. Philosophy of Time Travel (2:02)
• 7. Liquid Spear Waltz (1:33)
• 8. Gretchen Ross (0:52)
• 9. Burn It to the Ground (1:58)
• 10. Slipping Away (1:17)
• 11. Rosie Darko (1:26)
• 12. Cellar Door (1:04)
• 13. Ensurance Trap (3:12)
• 14. Waltz in the 4th Dimension (2:47)
• 15. Time Travel (3:02)
• 16. Did You Know Him? (1:47)
• 17. Mad World - performed by Gary Jules (3:08)
• 18. Mad World (Alternate) - performed by Gary Jules (3:39)
(the score portion on CD 2 of the 2004 album is identical to the contents of the 2002 album)

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The slipcase packaging of the 2002 album includes a note from the director that praises this score with all the stereotypical descriptors given by an inexperienced filmmaker that doesn't know the difference between a good score and pure shit.
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