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Insider: Music From The Motion

4.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 18 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000296JH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Tempest
2. Dawn Of The Truth
3. Sacrifice
4. The Subordinate
5. Exile
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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The Insider: Music From The Motion Picture

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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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Format: Audio CD
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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I think what makes a great score is if it coherently fits with the film, and if it can stand on its own as music without visuals. I truly hope that the score for "The Insider" gets some kind of recongnition because it is truly remarkable, haunting work. Seeing the film, I remembered how moving and captivating the music was. The highlights on this CD are the tracks written by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke. Don't get me wrong, everything else is top-notch. "Sacrifice" is my favorite piece. The haunting key changes sung are deeply moving and unforgettable. The Massive Atttack song "Safe From Harm" and the rich, classic guitar strumming on "Iguazu" by Gustavo Santaolalla are great, too. It's a rare CD (and movie for that matter) that deserves all the great reviews, but people would brush it off. If you enjoy soundtracks, this is one that's a must on your collection.
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So often soundtracks are a mere hodgepodge of unrelated tracks thrown together for their appeal to a certain target demographic. At the other extreme they can be handfulls of throwaway film score with nothing to distinguish or link the tracks.
With "The Insider" Trevor Jones and Michael Mann have constructed a complex, subtly moving sound collage that not only fits the the mood and feel of the film, but stands up to repeated listenings. From trance inducing meditations like "Liquid Moon" and the stunning "Sacrifice" to short segue pieces such as "Dawn Of The Truth" and "Faith" every track here is essential and acts as a vital commentary to every piece of film it accompanies.
When you see Five Stars repeatedly given to a release on Amazon, seldom is it warrented. In this case, it is.
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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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By A Customer on Nov. 10 2001
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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