Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Album Review: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Social Network OST

This is a pleasant surprise. Having not seen the movie, The Social Network, I had little to go on for the soundtrack, bar a passing familiarity with Trent Reznor’s work with Nine Inch Nails.

The music is, for the most part, dark and brooding. It opens in tranquil mode with Hand Covers Bruise, a sparse piano figure hovers over some ominous keyboards, before In Motion does what the title suggests, setting the album off on a journey with electro pulse beats and synths.

Most of the album continues in a similar vein, alternately menacing, sinister and threatening at various tempos, and it works really well through tracks like A Familiar Taste, Intriguing Possibilities and Painted Sun In Abstract. Other tracks are more abrasive, closer to traditional Nine Inch Nails territory (Carbon Prevails, On We March).

Special mention to In The Hall of the Mountain King, a traditional tune that most would be familiar with (though not entirely sure how) which is rendered in an utterly demented take, as if Zuckerberg and co broke into the studio, chopped off their limbs and performed the tune. Well, you get the idea. It’s a dark delight. Will have to check out the movie.