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The Clearing (Score)
Craig Armstrong
The Clearing (Score)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
 
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Producer (The Insider, The Pelican Brief, Heat) Pieter Van Brugge's first directorial effort is this thriller cum psychological mural about a successful businessman (Robert Redford) suddenly kidnapped by a casual acquainta...  more »

      
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All Artists: Craig Armstrong
Title: The Clearing (Score)
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Release Date: 6/29/2004
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 030206658521, 4005939658526

Synopsis

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Producer (The Insider, The Pelican Brief, Heat) Pieter Van Brugge's first directorial effort is this thriller cum psychological mural about a successful businessman (Robert Redford) suddenly kidnapped by a casual acquaintance (Willem DaFoe). Composer Craig Armstrong wisely underplays the story's cloistered landscape and tension-wracked personal revelations in his synth-orchestra hybrid score. But while many contemporary fusions of the electronic and organic have gotten a bad rap for their often soulless sturm und drang, Armstrong's deft, less-is-more tack -- and a willingness to occasionally blur the boundary between strict musical underscore and mood-enhancing fx track -- effectively creates a mood of brooding, sustained tension. But he also seasons the eerie moodiness of his score/soundscape with stark passages for solo piano that smartly mirror the film's intensely personal human dimensions. Not as hauntingly beautiful as his work on The Quiet American perhaps, but smartly compelling in its own right. --Jerry McCulley
 

CD Reviews

3.5 Stars for The Clearing
KZ | Canada | 01/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I'm not too familiar with Craig Armstrong. I know what movies he's scored, and I own the occasional track from his music, but I don't own too many albums of his. The Clearing is a darn good movie that opened with little fanfare, as did the score. This score is better than you'd think. True, a lot of it is background music. There are some tracks which could be excluded from this almost hour long album to make it tighter and more attention grabbing. But if you're a fan of electronic suspense scores that are underscored with tragic strings and heartbreaking pianos, then this CD is for you. It doesn't jump out at you, but gradually lets you know of it's presence. Besides, if nothing else, you should get it for the I Have Everything I Need track, which is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
cheers
KZ"