Soundtrack Review: Before The Flood

Soundtrack Review: Before The Flood

Before The Flood Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the documentary score Before The Flood by various artists.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 95.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 79.4
Album Excellence: 87.2%

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Before The Flood is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Fisher Stevens and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lindsey Allen & Jake Awa. Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. The score is composed by various artists.

I recently saw this film on the National Geographic YouTube channel, and so should you. It’s an important documentary backed by ironclad science. I watched it on Halloween and it turned out to be the most scary movie I saw on that day. The music in it is by a number of artists. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai has created the score and I could barely feel it in the movie itself, but there were some very memorable moments where the score had a massive impact. I’m curious then, to hear what I missed and also to re-live the great musical moments I felt in the film. The score is over 90 minutes long so there must be quite a lot I haven’t heard. Despite being a long score, there’s only 18 tracks but most of the tracks are quite long. I love that.

The score opens with the title cue ‘Before The Flood’ and it’s composed by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Gustavo Santaolalla. It’s a light opening cue, quite rhythmic as well. There’s a theme here as well and it’s repeated a lot so you can’t miss it. The rhythm. It’s like a digital heartbeat if the pulse is very high that is. It could also mean the clock is ticking because we might not have much time to save the earth. It’s a comforting song either way, like there’s still hope, there’s still time. Reznor sings on some songs as well like ‘A Minute To Breathe’. I don’t remember any singing in the film, but maybe there was. ‘Between Two Poles’, a more somber tale musically. Reznor & Ross do love their ostinatos. It is repeating, some would say a bit too long, but for me I find it quite soothing and enjoyable. There’s no hiding the heartbeats in Mogwai’s first cue ‘Dust Bowl’. It’s a part of it, it is perhaps the main motif on the cue. The melody lines are simple and soothing, even more so than Reznor, Ross and Santaolalla’s music before it. I love music like this. It’s perfect music to de-stress the day.

This is the kind of music I can easily listen to all day. It’s so relaxing and at the same time, there’s enough going on if you want to think and analyse. It’s the electronic minimalistic music fan’s dream. I can also understand why I didn’t hear much of it in the documentary. It’s very low key and only the times when the music takes a bold step and goes a bit aggressive, I recognise it from the movie. This is a brilliant score though and a brilliant album that you can listen to on your own time and I hope you will.

1. Before The Flood
3. Between Two Poles
4. Dust Bowl
6. And Then The Sky Was Opened
7. Ghost Nets
8. Trembling
9. One More Step
10. Huaynaputina
11. At Dusk
14. The Melting Pot
15. 8 Billion *
16. One Perfect Moment
17. A Minute Later
18. After The Flood

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Before The Flood, 9.2 out of 10 based on 5 ratings


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