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StreamingSoundtracks.com - Requiem For A Dream - Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
Album Information
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Album Requiem For A Dream
Artist Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
Year 2000
Genre Soundtrack
Rating
ASIN B00004Y6Q5


Request Buy # Track Listing Length Played
No Link 01 Summer Overture
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
2:35 128
No Link 02 Party
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:29 8
No Link 03 Coney Island Dreaming
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:04 5
No Link 04 Party
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:36 7
No Link 05 Chocolate Charms
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:20 5
No Link 06 Ghosts Of Things To Come
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:33 7
Amazon 07 Dreams
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:44 7
No Link 08 Tense
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:38 4
No Link 09 Dr. Pill
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:41 3
No Link 10 High On Life
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:11 5
No Link 11 Ghosts
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:21 5
No Link 12 Crimin' And Dealin'
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:43 8
No Link 13 Hope Overture
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
2:29 57
No Link 14 Tense
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:27 4
No Link 16 Cleaning Apartment
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:25 9
No Link 17 Ghosts-Falling
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:11 5
Amazon 18 Dreams
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:03 4
No Link 19 Arnold
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
2:35 5
No Link 20 Marion Barfs
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
2:22 23
No Link 21 Supermarket Sweep
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
2:14 8
Amazon 22 Dreams
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:33 7
No Link 23 Sara Goldfarb Has Left The Building
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:16 5
No Link 24 Bugs Got A Devilish Grin Conga
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:57 4
No Link 25 Winter Overture
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
0:19 17
No Link 26 Southern Hospitality
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:23 5
No Link 27 Fear
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
2:27 6
No Link 28 Full Tense
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:04 5
No Link 29 The Beginning Of The End
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
4:29 66
No Link 30 Ghosts Of A Future Lost
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
1:51 13
No Link 31 Meltdown
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet
3:52 43

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Clint Mansell writes what he feels...with good results.
By: shelob
Date: 29 Nov 2006
Rating:
Because of somewhat low-key and uncoventional efforts like Requiem for A Dream and Pi, Clint Mansell has widely been regarded as way too weird and liberal with his choices to ever successfully take part in scoring a mainstream film. But with recent successes like Sahara and Suspect Zero, the big wigs have taken note of Mansell's talent and he is a part of quite a few big upcoming big projects.

But Mansell's ego will never get so big that he should forget his good friend Darren Aronofsky. His first two scores were on Aronofsky films and so is his latest - The Fountain. But I'm here to discuss Requiem for A Dream and its way of making the listener go through the emotions that the characters in the film exhibited. With track titles like "Fear", "Tense" and "Dreams" you can already tell that the music is not so much about giving the film's feel as a whole, as the score has frequently been labeled, but it's a score that highlights the varying feelings, and situation that the characters go through.

Mansell smartly divides the score into three parts, each about equal in length, that represent the seasons the film moves through - summer, fall, and winter. The divisors are strange and almost freaky congas that Mansell I'm sure had a fun time writing. The congas themselves feel so out of place and creepy though that they sopmehow add to the overall feel of oncoming doom through their careless glee that it can be argued that the soundtrack wouldn't be the same without them.

For unexpecting listeners, Mansell chooses to introduce the score with one of the best tracks on the whole CD - Summer Overture. It's forceful beat in the beginning which culminates nicely to an emotional and melodic end makes for a track that is almost an easy listen, or at least as easy as Mansell permits it to be. But after this gracious ease into the score, Mansell shows his real intent with the tracks called "Party". The "Party" tracks which are basically electronically created using bass instruments don't feel like they belong here or would belong in any score ever. But this is Mansell writing what he is feeling. Much like the viewer watching the film, Mansell also goes through the emotions and notices the arcs these characters have.

The best example of that arc state of mind are is the "Ghosts" theme that goes through all three seasons and begins almost unoticeably in "Ghosts of Things to Come" but becomes the strongest and most emotional of all the themes by the time Winter comes around and "Ghosts of a Future Lost"'s almost symphonic grand finale breaks our hearts. Of course not all the themes are that successful in building up. The "Tense" theme only succeeds in surprising us with it's frequent change of pace and instruments, while the overtures and "Lux Aeterna" sound pretty much the same, but never lose their power.

My favorite track on the whole album though, is "Cleaning Apartment". As the first track in the fall section of the score, it acts as an overture-type track and I can understand the emotion Mansell felt when he saw this scene - an emotion similar to desparity and sorrow that is very clearly displayed here. Of course the same can be said for other emotional tracks like the almost epic "Marion Barfs" which is simply a pleasure to listen to and of course "Meltdown" which is one of the most invigorating and powerful tracks on the CD.

I think Clint Mansell considered doing this score with a full orchestra at some point, but realized the total overkill it would bring with it. By taking a minimalist approach, Mansell conjures up what he needs to much easier because the music feels much more intimate to the listener. We can picture Mansell and the Kronos Quartet performing this score with all the emotion and abandon that it requires. It isn't an easy listen (it's simply too hard-hitting and honest), but I'm also pretty sure it isn't very easy to perform either.

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