Soundtrack Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Soundtrack Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Alberto Iglesias.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 86.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 16.5
Album Excellence: 27.6%

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 cold war espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke and Benedict Cumberbatch. It is based on the 1974 novel of the same name by John Le Carre. In 1970s England the head of MI6, Control (John Hurt), dispatches an agent (Mark Strong) to meet with a Hungarian general who knows the identity of a Soviet spy in the organization’s ranks. However, the mission goes wrong, and the general dies before he can reveal the information. Undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney) calls veteran agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) back from forced retirement to ferret out the mole and stop the flow of vital British secrets to the Russians. The score is composed by Alberto Iglesias.

Recently I was contacted by Zavvi who has started an LP subscription program featuring scores that has never been on LP before. It’s a monthly program and of course I was curious so I had to check out what it was all about. The first score is Alberto Iglesias’ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, an interesting choice for sure. I remember that it got some critical acclaim when it was released by Silva Screen Records in 2011. The score opens with ‘George Smiley’, the main theme for the main character played by Gary Oldman, a retired agent. The music suits him perfectly. It’s a classy jazz theme and that’s exactly what I would have hoped it was. It’s beautiful, quite somber and a mix of warm and cold sounds. It’s all very spy-like and like I said, very classy. Love this. The spy genre has a particular type of music doesn’t it? Not always the same genre, but it has it’s vices. Jazz is one of them, and I feel that this score is coloured by that. It’s not always pure jazz, but the instruments are there and you can hear it quite clearly in ‘Treasure’, particularly the woodwind and the underlying bass.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_images_carousel images=”11270,11271,11272,11273,11274,11275,11276″ img_size=”large” autoplay=”yes” wrap=”yes” title=”Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy LP Showcase”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It is a dark and sinister score and as far as I know, that’s the world of spies. It’s not all champagne and glamour as early James Bond would have you believe. The music rarely comes out of it’s dark shell, but sometimes, a little light comes through like the flute in ‘Polyakov’, but it’s mostly for show. The real treat, the real treasure is the darkness, and it’s not always welcoming. Sometimes I’m struggling with the music because it can be quite depressive in parts, but other times I sink back into this dark world and enjoy it’s bleak but colourful sound. The score is definitely holding back, but the restraint can be a good thing. A lot of scores just go to the limit all the time, but this one holds back, and it is an interesting and intelligent choice. It’s not an in-your-face action movie anyway, it’s a classy spy drama and that’s exactly why the score sounds the way it does. I like it a lot more than the first time I heard it and I knew this score would grow on me eventually. It’s a challenging listen, but a rewarding one. Not every score is going to be great for everyone, that’s for certain, but the exclusivity of this club might be appealing and as we all know, vinyl is hot these days. In here you’ll get an exclusive score never before released on LP and only 500 is printed and most likely will not appear again, at least not for a long time. It costs £24.99 and free delivery if you’re in the UK. Expensive? Yeah, a bit, but for those genuinely interested in exclusive soundtrack vinyls, it’s definitely something that needs to be considered.

1. George Smiley
2. Treasure
4. Islay Hotel
10. Anything Else
11. Jim Prideaux
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Soundtrack Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 8.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings


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