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Insider: Music From The Motion

Lisa Gerrard , Pieter Bourke Audio CD
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6. The Silencer
7. Broken
8. Faith
9. I'm Alone On This
10. LB In Montana
11. Palladino Montage
12. Iguazu - Gustavo Santaolalla
13. Liquid Moon
14. Rites (Special Edit For The Film) - Jan Garbarek
15. Safe From Harm (Perfecto Mix) - Massive Attack
16. Meltdown

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Directors making strong characteristic decisions about the music in their films are, aside from being few in number, generally people who depend on a particular composer--directors like Steven Spielberg (John Williams), Steven Soderbergh (Cliff Martinez), and John Carpenter (himself). Michael Mann is that rare director for whom musical literacy has less to do with professional partnership than with a hunger for aesthetic exploration. From his days with Miami Vice, in which he spearheaded the integration of pop songs with a scene's motion, Mann has been relentlessly creative in the scoring of his work--setting producer Trevor Jones (a knowledgeable technophile) loose in The Last of the Mohicans wilderness and getting Elliot Goldenthal to blend electronic, hard-rock, and orchestral effects for a haunting score to Heat. The common theme is mood, at times profoundly spiritual, fashionably effete, or resolutely cold. These are the temperaments of Lisa Gerrard, best known for her work with the prototrance act Dead Can Dance, and her sometime partner Pieter Bourke. Their score for The Insider is a rich montage of paranoia and momentum, perfectly suited to Mann's moralistic corporate thriller. Mechanized drums flirt with ambient music while, soaring above, thick clouds of synthesized drones recall Peter Gabriel's fortunate work on the big screen. --Marc Weidenbaum

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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"The Insider" was an intriguing film describing the true story of Jeff Wigand and how he revealed devastating information about the tobacco company, and then how a CBS reporter named Lowell Bergman took on the fight of his career to air the story on "60 Minutes". It featured great performances by Russel Crowe and Al Pacino, and taut direction by Michael Mann, but also some very cool music too. The music added lots of tension to many scenes, although I really didn't see what the lyrics of Massive Attack's "Safe From Harm" had to do with the film's plot or theme.
However, even without the film's scenes, the music is still great. It features cool synthesizers and electronic drums for a hypnotic effect. I especially love the first track ("Tempest"), which reminds me of the scene where Russel Crowe is watching the "60 Minutes" segment while thinking of his wife and daughter. Just like the "Pure Moods" series, this music is great for listening while you read, write, draw, or study.
My only reason for the 4-star rating is that the CD cover never mentions how long the songs are, and therefore I was a little surprised to discover that "LB In Montana" and "Palladino Montage" are about 40 seconds long, while "Safe From Harm" and "Sacrifice" clock in at about 8 minutes each. But this is just a minor problem, and until a "Pure Moods IV" is made, this CD works just as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Martinez??? Nov. 10 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Excuse me, people. I only read about this Martinez-guy, but the film credits mention Michael Brook, and if you ask me, most of the musical contribution is from Michael Brook, who worked a lot with Brian Eno. If you like this soundtrack check out Michael Brook albums. He did some more soundtracks like ALBINO ALLIGATOR. He also did a soundtrack for a film called CAPTIVE in 1985 which is out of print. Both CDs are highly recommended if you like The Insider. Michael Brook uses mainly guitar synthesizers and if you have the chance to see him performing live go for.
And the Eno piece has been used numerous times before - see DUNE for example.
For people who like Robert Rich and dark ambient: Gaudi is awful like a marshmellow(has been mentioned above). You better check out the real stuff like "A troubled resting place" (great compilation of his best works) or Rich & B. Lustmord - Stalker.
On Steve Roach: some of his best albums in my opinion are "World's edge", "Dreamtime Return", "Well of Souls", "Desert Solitaire" and "Cavern of Sirens". Very dark and only done with guitar synthesizers is "Midnight Moon".
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I always liked what Michael Mann was TRYING to do with images and music, but always found him lacking in such fare as "Manhunter" (scoring the climax to 'In-A-Gadda-da-Vida', and such), and pairing 80s synth and cool tunes to images by Dante Spinotti promised so much. For my money, his intent and his manifestation have finally achieved balance in this wonderful film and its accompanying soundtrack. Rallying Lisa Gerard and Pieter Bourke was a smart stroke for a movie of stylish close-ups and internal dramas. "Sacrifice" is a highlight that recalls the best moments from Dead LPs like "Labyrinth" and "Aion". The Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek contributes a typically cold and dreamy edit, and while I could've lived without the concession to pop tastes with Massive Attack, it's good pop, and meshes with the rest of the score rather well. Looking for another companion to the Blade Runner score for that rainy night when existence seems so unfathomable? This is it, babe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Of Style And Effect. April 8 2000
Format:Audio CD
Michael Mann is known for the exquisite style in his films, and his soundtracks. Here is another great example, following the masterful soundtrack to "Heat," of Mann showing great style not only in film composition, but musical as well. The music here by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke is brilliant, powerful, stylish and moving. The first track, "Tempest," casts it's hypnotic spell from the first note to the last. What we have here is a great use of talent with electronic music combined with orchestral. There is an intensity and suspense to the music apart from the film, which is also brilliant. "Safe From Harm" by Massive Attack is especially unique and effective. Every musical piece is done with care and brilliance. This is musical genius vibrating into life. The music here is both beautiful and dark, powerful with a certain edgyness and sadness. "The Insider" was a great movie, one of 1999's best and the one worthy of the Best Picture Oscar, and it's no wonder, considering it has this great music to back it up. I wasn't surprised at all when Gerrard and Bourke received a Golden Globe nomination for their great music here. And let's not forget the effective score contributions by Graeme Revell, especially the track "Polladino Montage." Michael Mann's work is all style and genius, both in film and soundtrack compilation. He knows what artists to get and what type of music to use. Great soundtrack, unforgettable music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly
Gentle, beautiful sounds from a master composer and a vocalist from another world.
Upside of this disc is the unique combination of different types of songs and music that fit... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting soundtrack
An absolutely haunting and wonderful soundtrack. I can listen to this over and over again.
I wonder if I would love this music so much, it it wasn't for the fact that I think... Read more
Published on June 7 2001 by Christine MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars This soundtrack stands for five starts without the movie too
Usually you have to see a movie and like the movie itself to be able to fully enjoy the soundtrack too. Read more
Published on June 2 2001 by S. Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Dumbfounded
An excellent movie with an awesome score is always a bonus. This films score is not only beautiful but well defined. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Soundtrack To An Excellent Film
I love this album! The music by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke is beautiful and stirring. The soundtrack has two pieces from their 4AD album "Duality". Read more
Published on Dec 31 2000 by Andrew Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Must buy.
I had never heard of Lisa Gerrard before I saw the Insider. The movie rocks. Its one of the best made films I have seen. But, the music beats it all. Its too good. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2000 by Tapan Karwa
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing, haunting
The reason I gave this CD four stars is that I found "Safe From Harm" to be distracting....Otherwise, this is superb, deeply haunting music. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2000 by acw@easynet.ca
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Experience
I was very moved by the music I heard while watching The Insider. The scene where Jeffery made the decision to testify in Mississippi was one that particularly stuck in my... Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars When I saw the music credits at the beginning I knew it!
Music by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke can only be one thing: perfect! They deliver a group of pieces with the greatest feeling: Gerrard's vocalizing provides the perfect musical... Read more
Published on July 29 2000 by Manny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Simply Amazing!
I loved this movie so I bought it on DVD, after watching it a second time I listened carefully to the movie's background music. I thought it was pretty neat. Read more
Published on July 26 2000 by Grill Without Flies
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