The Chemical Brothers
Hanna: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


4.5
superb

Review

by Jonathan Shannon (Astrel) USER (11 Reviews)
April 16th, 2011 | 13 replies | 9,163 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Finally, a soundtrack that succeeds in exactly what it is supposed to do.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Hanna is a soundtrack to a movie. That sentence wasn’t too hard to understand, now was it? Apparently, for many modern movie soundtracks, producers, this concept is beyond their reach. They are far too busy either making grandiose, “epic”, soundscapes that ultimately work against the movie, or see how many big name bands they can cram together to garner some attention into getting people buying their soundtrack. Sometimes they even enter into the worst vice of all, being boring.

The Chemical Brothers rather cleverly avoided these pitfalls by doing perhaps the most obvious thing of all, exactly what they were hired to do. They make a soundtrack to a movie. Songs stick directly to the important moods of the story, not getting caught up in words (sans the final track) or excessively flashy instrumentation. Much of the album is spent sending the listener on alternating volleys of songs emanating naïve innocence (Hanna) to songs dripping wet with the sweat of pure urgency (Escape 700). Two moods that are highly relevant to the story of a child assassin. The album only strays from this established set-up on a few occasions. Occasions carefully planned to establish the inherent dissonance in the concept of a child assassin. Whether it is the unsettling childhood toy keyboard sounds of The Sandman or the complete opposites being playfully juxtaposed in The Devil is in the Beats, each song sounds like it has meaning and purpose.

When playing the record, certain aspects of the songs leave the listener in awe. Not in the sense of how dense the music is--this is the Chemical Brothers we are talking about after all. No, it is more awe-inspiring in the sense that none of the elements feel wasted or become tiring--there is no boring lull in the album. They took the best parts of Further and Dig Your Own Hole, trimmed the fat, cranked the darkness to 11, and ended up with one of the most engaging records of their career, not to mention contributing one of the best soundtracks in the past few years.



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astrel
April 16th 2011



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep, nice soundoff right hurr.

Strider
April 16th 2011



4598 Comments


I thought this was My Chemical Romance, ahh fatigue... will check this one out though

vmcoia91
April 16th 2011



555 Comments


movie was disappointing, but the soundtrack was pretty good. nice little review.

astrel
April 16th 2011



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This would by my aoty so far, if it weren't for Thursday kicking so much ass as well.

Acanthus
April 16th 2011



9535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet review man, I'm looking forward to seeing the film since I found out that these guys were doing the soundtrack; I love when music actually fits the mood of the film.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2011



30865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

This review really explains nothing at all

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astrel
April 17th 2011



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll see what I can fix to make it more descriptive tomorrow. Thanks for the criticism.

Acanthus
April 17th 2011



9535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can see Deviants point, for me though it said what I wanted to hear so I was happy enough - looking forward to the description(s) just the same though.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
April 18th 2011



1588 Comments


Even at only 4 user votes so far I'm surprised this has nothing under a 4/5. Maybe it is just a product of everybody voting everything 4/5 these days.

sailSAway
September 6th 2011



834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the music in this soundtrack is so interesting! something to inspire a progressive musical mindset.

Acanthus
November 15th 2011



9535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is just as great as I hoped it would be, the films bad ass too!

Acanthus
May 13th 2012



9535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really hitting the spot today, rocking out to "The Devils Is In The Beats" while messing around with Javescript; fun stuff.

Cerbyrus
April 25th 2013



568 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing movie, amazing soundtrack.



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