Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Gone Girl


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant S. USER (10 Reviews)
October 4th, 2014 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Inseparable.

A wife vanishing into thin air, a husband covering his tracks, and heartstrings stretching until they break. It’s quite a feat when a story can be felt, experienced free from the cumbersome and graceless medium of speech and language. 2014’s film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, carries, among other things, a gripping soundtrack that accomplishes two great purposes. First, it acts as the film’s emotional engine, breathing life into the grey skies and dimly lit rooms of Carthage, Missouri. Second, and perhaps more impressive, the soundtrack maintains a life of its own when it is separated from the very same images that brought it into existence, providing ninety minutes of unnerving, unrelenting, and uncompromising atmosphere.

Composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the now go-to musical duo of director David Fincher, the soundtrack of Gone Girl is one of tepid curiosity and terrifying brilliance. It starts harmlessly enough, What Have We Done To Each Other? is airy, dreamy, and calming. Synths and ambiance dance around one another, never letting the other completely take hold of the track. This line between ambiance and melody is one Reznor and Ross tiptoe across like tightrope walkers, with tracks like Sugar Storm, Still Gone, and Something Disposable, which taunt the listener with pleasing and elegant melodies before being picked apart by jarring, intimidating clashes, shrieks, and scrapes. Like Home is an exercise in grand orchestral melodies, the triumphant and emotional horn medley are inevitably betrayed, like the characters of Gone Girl, by a sudden wail of strings, which build until they erupt crash into their sinister, silent conclusion.

The listener rarely has a moment to breath throughout this daunting twenty four-track album. The glitchy, muffled stomps of Perpetual are a claustrophobic nightmare, an unforgiving venture into the dark and industrial sounds of a marriage dismantled. The Way He Looks at Me and Consummation are downright startling, the former a sickening mix of thudding percussion and animal like sobs, the latter being a distorted and violent death rattle. Just Like You contains perhaps the only glimpse of the sun throughout the entire listen, with thick, weighty synths giving way to a brief, beautiful piano solo about halfway through the song, before sinking back into the fever dream that is Appearances.

As a soundtrack, Gone Girl is an absolute triumph. With its great respect for the source material and its carefully executed emotional climaxes, it is a truly integral piece of the artistic puzzle, inseparable from the film. At the same time, when torn away from the film, like the vanishing wife of Gone Girl, the album leaves a trail of devastation and despair that is uniquely its own, weaving a tale of love, loss, and frantic anxiety, all within songs that will haunt you long after the film’s credits roll.




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ahousedivided
October 4th 2014


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review in a long time, I've missed you, Sputnik. I've also apparently forgotten how to indent properly, I can't seem to get it to cooperate with me...

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2014


8801 Comments


Split the text into separate paragraphs ;)

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ahousedivided
October 4th 2014


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah, I guess that's how it works, thank you!

cvlts
October 4th 2014


9671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ha! Was just listening to this when I noticed this review. Well written man.



In relation to the movie, I thought the soundtrack was really distracting for about the first quarter of the film but started blending together really well after the first act. Pike and NPH's bedroom scene ("Consummation", I think) was just brutally fantastic. Loved it.

IronGiant
October 4th 2014


1720 Comments


just saw the movie today. music complimented the film fantastically. beautiful film and album

Insurrection
October 4th 2014


24764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cant wait to see this. fincher is a genius, as is reznor

bloc
October 5th 2014


62129 Comments


Amazing soundtrack, fits the movie perfectly

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deathschool
October 5th 2014


25783 Comments


Great review. Really want to see the movie. Might listen to this as well.

Xenorazr
October 5th 2014


1446 Comments


Ace review, love the movie, need to look into this soundtrack. A few points in the movie made me think "gotta check the music for this." I'm a die-hard Fincher fanboy and love film scores, so this should click just fine.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2014


43923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Top movie this one, Fincher nailed it

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Xenorazr
October 5th 2014


1446 Comments


Agreed. Despite the flaws, the movie kept me on-edge.

someguest
October 5th 2014


29970 Comments


Pike and NPH's bedroom scene ("Consummation", I think) was just brutally fantastic. Loved it.


Oh, was it ever. It was such a disgusting scene.

Loved it.

Tunaboy45
October 5th 2014


17163 Comments


I was anticipating this for months and a few days before the premiere I found out it was rated 18 in the UK. Safe to say I am devastated as I'm under 18 and David Fincher is my favourite director. Oh well, the DVD will be out in early 2015.

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trackbytrackreviews
October 5th 2014


3429 Comments


The ending seriously creeped me out

Excellent movie

RadicalEd
October 6th 2014


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Book was underwhelming. I doubt the movie will be as good as Fincher's other works, but the soundtrack will be great. Can't go wrong with Reznor/Ross.

hamid95
October 7th 2014


893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ace soundtrack. Can't wait to watch the film.

Zamora
October 11th 2014


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good movie.

ericalee
October 12th 2014


1 Comments


Awesome Movie

Pheromone
October 13th 2014


7886 Comments


"It’s quite a feat when a story can be felt, experienced free from the cumbersome and graceless medium of speech and language"
neg

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WhiteNoise
October 13th 2014


3689 Comments


Ending pissed me off in the book but the movie was perfect.



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