Requiem For A Dream Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Requiem For A Dream by Clint Mansell.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 86.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 26.42
Album Excellence: 54%
Where do you begin with such a movie like Requiem For A Dream? This was the movie that put director Darren Aronofsky on the map for many people. I had watched Pi a couple of year earlier and it was weird and wonderful. Requiem For A Dream was almost just as weird. We get to see a young Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly in a coulpe of brilliant performances and, well, it’s an amazing story. I still remember the drug use scenes. Cinematic excellence. It’s been a while since I saw the film so my memory is a bit rusty, but I recently got reminded of this again since it was Clint Mansell’s birthday on January 7th.
It is a long score, well not that long, but it contains 32 tracks and it’d divided into three parts, summer, fall and winter. The score starts with one of the most powerful cello sounds in ‘Summer Overture (Summer)’ before a synth motif takes over. It is of course a variation on one of the best cues ever and certainly defining in Clint Mansell’s career ‘Lux Aeterna’ which will be repeated a lot throughout the score. ‘Summer Overture (Summer)’ isn’t the best version, but when that motif hits at 1:50, it’s heaven. One of the most amazing moments in film music right there. Such energy, such brilliance. ‘Party (Summer)’ or cue 2 is a straight up dance tune, although a more hardcore one. Not exactly cheap eurotrash. Love it. ‘Party (Summer)’ cue 4 is more of the same. ‘Coney Island Dreaming (Summer)’ contains an iconic beginning with the simple percussion beat and that tantalizing synth sound you also see in the trailer. I remember this one clear as day, it has stuck with me all these years. So simple, but so addictive. The dream synth is used in other cues as well such as ‘Dreams (Summer)’. ’Chocolate Charms (Summer) is so weird. It’s like 3 notes. The whole 25 second cue is 3 notes. It should really be part of the next one called ‘Ghosts Of Things To Come (Summer)’ which is one of the few flaws of the score. ‘Ghosts Of Things To Come (Summer)’ is a lovely warm cello theme and there’s some LP scratching in the background. ‘Ghosts (Summer)’ uses some of that same theme, but has a more frantic cello motif in there as well.
Weirdness ensues in ‘Tense (Summer)’ while ‘Dr. Pill (Summer)’ is much more interesting and fun, a very simple but great synth motif. ‘High On Life (Summer)’ is like a dance track put on 40x speed. It’s weird, but awesome. ‘Bialy & Lox Conga’ sets itself a part because well it’s conga and stuff and there’s a sudden shift in pace midway. ‘Bugs Got A Devilish Grin Conga (Fall)’ is a similar cue played to an awesome scene. Truthfully, most people just want to listen to ‘Lux Aeterna’, but I feel that the whole score is such an interesting journey that I hope people take the time to listen, think and analyse a bit. This score means something to me and I’m sure you’ll find out what it means to you. I’ll admit that the ‘Lux Aeterna’ motif is of curse the major piece on this score. It has become a cultural phenomenon and rightly so.
This is a groundbreaking movie from Aronofsky and the score is one of the most interesting scores ever made. It is a must listen. Maybe you’ll hate it, but if you love it, you will be addicted. This is pure musical drugs for me. I don’t know what it is to be honest, but this music appeals to me. It’s been years since I’ve heard it, but the same thing happens every time. I love it.
1. Summer Overture (Summer) *
2. Party (Summer)
3. Coney Island Dreaming (Summer)
4. Party (Summer)
6. Ghosts Of Things To Come (Summer)
7. Dreams (Summer)
9. Dr. Pill (Summer)
11. Ghosts (Summer)
13. Hope Overture (Summer) *
16. Cleaning Apartment (Fall) *
17. Ghosts-Falling (Fall)
18. Dreams (Fall)
20. Marian Barfs (Fall) *
21. Supermarket Sweep (Fall)
22. Dreams (Fall)
25. Winter Overture (Winter) *
30. Ghosts Of A Future Lost (Winter)
32. Lux Aeterna (Winter) *