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Soul
(2020)
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Composed, Arranged, Performed, and Co-Produced by:
Trent Reznor
Atticus Ross
Jon Batiste

Conducted by:
Zack Pitt-Smith
Reggie Wilson

Orchestrated by:
David Giuli

Co-Produced by:
Tom MacDougall
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(December 18th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Digital release only in the United States, but a CD is available as an import from Universal Music for $20. Both the Reznor/Ross and Batiste halves of the soundtrack were released separately on other albums.
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Winner of an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you specifically appreciated Jon Batiste's jazz compositions in context, much of the hype surrounding this soundtrack based on his contribution to the New York City scenes in the film.

Avoid it... if you expect the underscore by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to have a soul, their music enhancing very little in the picture and leaving practically no lasting impression.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,986
WRITTEN 3/1/21
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Soul: (Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross/Jon Batiste) Between 2017's Coco and 2020's Soul, Pixar has explored some daunting and extraordinarily original stories about the afterlife, the latter film once again successfully balancing the drama, comedy, and fantasy realms for a touching tale. These films teach viewers to live life to the fullest while cautioning about what comes next, and the lead character of Soul, Joe, learns that lesson after falling into a manhole and nearly losing his life. The high school music teacher dreams of being a jazz musician in a club, and while on the cusp of achieving that opportunity, his accident thrusts his soul into the "Great Beyond," where he rebels and accidentally ends up in the "Great Before," where souls are prepared for their life on Earth. Joe and a temperamental soul, "22," team up to each overcome their misconceptions and ultimately enjoy fruitful lives back on Earth. The style of animation in Soul's otherworldly locales is bizarre, and Pixar enthusiasts will miss John Ratzenberger in a studio entry for the first time, but the film was met with almost universal praise. Its embrace came on Disney's streaming platform, the theatrical release mostly scrubbed due to the 2020 pandemic. The music for Soul is highly compartmentalized by design, the tone of the living New York City scenes and that of the afterlife (and beforelife) completely disparate and lacking mingling except in one cue. Sound designers turned film score fad duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were recommended for the project by a veteran Pixar sound designer, and one might have expected them to take the same approach to this project as their marginally successful Mank just previously. For that film, they combined a minimalistic score with original vintage jazz recordings produced with a significant amount of help from arrangers and orchestrators. For Soul, however, their contributions were limited to only the otherworldly sequences in the film, with the filmmakers instead approaching famed bandleader Jon Batiste, known during these years for leading the music for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," for the rest. Batiste and his collaborators from his group, Stay Human, among others, provide the jazzy pieces that serve as the score for the "living" portions of the story.


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131 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.48 Stars
***** 10 5 Stars
**** 19 4 Stars
*** 30 3 Stars
** 37 2 Stars
* 35 1 Stars
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The Reznor/Ross music makes sense if...
The Laughing Testicle - May 27, 2021, at 8:43 a.m.
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Reznor, Ross & Batiste don't know how to compose film music
Orange Thrush - May 26, 2021, at 6:36 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 64:15
• 1. Born to Play* (2:00)
• 2. Born to Play Reprise* (0:50)
• 3. Bigger Than Us* (1:51)
• 4. Collard Greens and Cornbread Strut* (0:36)
• 5. The Great Beyond** (2:45)
• 6. Falling** (0:41)
• 7. The Great Before/U Seminar** (3:19)
• 8. Jump to Earth** (0:52)
• 9. Rappin Ced - performed by Daveed Diggs (0:37)
• 10. Joe's Lowdown Blues* (0:36)
• 11. Terry Time** (1:14)
• 12. Joe's Life** (0:40)
• 13. Portal/The Hall of Everything** (2:18)
• 14. Run/Astral Plane** (1:44)
• 15. Lost Soul** (0:29)
• 16. Meditation/Return to Earth** (1:40)
• 17. 22's Getaway* (0:58)
• 18. Apex Wedge* (0:49)
• 19. Let Your Soul Glow* (0:20)
• 20. Terry Time Too** (3:00)
• 21. Feel Soul Good* (0:27)
• 22. Parting Ways - performed by Cody Chesnutt (2:20)
• 23. Looking at Life* (1:31)
• 24. Fruit of the Vine* (0:43)
• 25. 22 is Ready** (1:25)
• 26. Pursuit/Terry's World** (1:42)
• 27. Betrayal** (2:28)
• 28. Space Maker - performed by Jon Batiste (1:17)
• 29. Cristo Redentor - performed by Jon Batiste (2:21)
• 30. The Epic Conversationalist/Born to Play* (1:26)
• 31. Celestial Spaces in Blue* (0:52)
• 32. Spiritual Connection* (1:13)
• 33. Lost** (1:09)
• 34. Epiphany** (3:48)
• 35. Ship Chase** (1:40)
• 36. Escape/Inside 22** (2:32)
• 37. Flashback** (1:33)
• 38. Earthbound** (1:27)
• 39. Thank You** (0:42)
• 40. Enjoy Every Minute** (0:48)
• 41. It's All Right - performed by Jon Batiste and Celeste (2:50)
• 42. Just Us** (2:42)
* composed by Jon Batiste
** composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

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