When you think of the feelings strings are supposed to conjure, you'd probably think either warm, happy feelings or melancholy ones. Biting anxiety and fear are probably the last things on the list. I'm sure everyone remembers the famous "Shower Scene" from Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of film Psycho, and those immeasurably shrill strings playing during it. That's a good example, but this score takes that up a notch. Sure, there are spots on this soundtrack that are dreamy and laid-back, and sometimes almost humorous, but the majority of the score is alienating, cold, tense, and sometimes even horrifying. Pieces of music do repeat themselves a lot here, but there's enough variety in the many themes to keep the listener interested. Put simply, it sets the mood for a movie like Requiem For A Dream, an intense, hopeless journey through the perils of addiction, with stunning perfection.