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Insider: Music From The Motion
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The Insider: Music From The Motion Picture
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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".
Most recent customer reviews
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
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
Usually you have to see a movie and like the movie itself to be able to fully enjoy the soundtrack too. Read morePublished on June 2 2001 by S. Peter
An excellent movie with an awesome score is always a bonus. This films score is not only beautiful but well defined. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2001
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 morePublished on Dec 31 2000 by Andrew Bishop
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 morePublished on Sept. 24 2000 by Tapan Karwa
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 morePublished on Aug. 21 2000 by email@example.com
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 morePublished on Aug. 2 2000
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 morePublished on July 29 2000 by Manny Hernandez