I bought this two days after seeing the movie due to the fact that more than a few of the songs from Dario Martinelli were stuck in my head.
The first day, alas, was dissapointment. I got through the first five tracks and besides Julie London's beautifully sang "Cry Me A River" I wasn't impressed. But I decided to stick through it. Second day, I listened to tracks 5-10 and abruptly there was a lot more for me to be happy about. All these tracks start rather slowly, and I think originally that's what put me off. But if you wait a minute, or just enjoy it where it is, suddenly you'll feel a lot better about what you're listening to. The theme in "V" is rather catchy. It's dark but fast-paced, and I think that's what I appreciated about it.
Remember, Remember: Eh. Not exactly the best start. The crack of the drums is nice, but altogether it's a little too slow in the beginning to give attention. Give or take a minute and it get's more interesting, with the theme underlying all the strings and whatnot.
Cry Me A River: Beautiful. I love this song and Julie London has a voice reminicent of Billy Holiday. Soulful and something we can all relate to, this is a great track to cool down to.
"...Governments Should Be Afraid of Their People.": Not bad. The main theme sticks out in this one, and we get a look at the dark mood that prevails throughout the entire soundtrack and movie. Once again, if you're patient, the brilliance pops through.
Evey's Story: Not one of my favorites. The switch between the fast-paced violence of Evey's parents being black-bagged and the quiet memory in the beginning is a little too abrupt for me to really get into and adjust. I don't find myself liking the blaring of the French horns in this one, though in others it's fine.
The Red Diary: Curious. It has a lot of optimism in the beginning, but gradually you see the despair in it. Altogether: A nice track. Not the best but not the worst, either.
Lust at the Abbey: I particularly like this one, actually. The choir in the beginning is an interesting, macabre touch. As the tension rises the choir rises as well, and it's good to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Valerie: My absolute favorite. The beginning--eh, but two minutes in an entirely brilliant cello solo starts up, followed shortly thereafter by the strings, and the song suddenly becomes very interesting. The switch then to Valerie's story is a classy touch as well, and the piano gives it a melancholy feel.
Evey Reborn: See above. The main points classify. Two minutes in, the song begins to expand itself and though the music mainly consists of whole notes, it really gives the impression of being "reborn". Great track.
I Found A Reason: Like "Cry Me a River" this is a very intimate and well sung track. The singer has a very interesting voice, not like anything I've ever heard before, and it made for a curious track.
England Prevails: The drum rolls and march-like tempo makes the atmosphere come across as totaltarian and desperate...which it is. Once again, like many of the tracks in "Vendetta" this takes patience. Give it a day of listening and you'll enjoy it.
The Dominoes Fall: Another favorite. This is a song that you can tell is right before the climax of the movie, when everything begins to fall into place, and it just...fits.
Bird Gurhl: I didn't really like this one. The singing was a little too unusual for me to get into and the melody wasn't something I could get into.
Knives and Bullets (And Cannons Too): An excellent finale. The battle-scene's theme is quick and brutal, something that you can keep up with. And the resolution afterwards? Great as well. Ending with Trakolsky's (ugh, totally spelled that wrong) 1812 Overture is a fun yet at the same time sad twist. Through V's death we see his rather eccentric personality and love for music.
Altogether: Don't poo-poo this soundtrack just because it doesn't have all the songs in there. Even without them it is an amazing listen. Give it a day or two and graudally it'll grow on you. Beautiful all around.