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Sin City [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

  • 1. Sin City, film score: Sin City (Rodriguez)
    2. Sin City, film score: One Hour To Go (Rodriguez)
    3. Sin City, film score: Goldie's Dead (Revell)
    4. Sin City, film score: Marv (Revell/Rodriguez)
    5. Sin City, film score: Bury The Hatchet (Revell)
    6. Sin City, film score: Old Town Girls (Revell/Rodriguez)
    7. Sin City, film score: The Hard Goodbye (Revell)
    8. Sin City, film score: Cardinal Sin (Revell/Rodriguez)
    9. Sin City, film score: Her Name Is Goldie (Revell)
    10. Sin City, film score: Dwight (Debney)
    11. Sin City, film score: Old Town (Debney/Rodriguez)
    12. Sin City, film score: Deadly Little Miho (Debney/Rodriguez)
    13. Sin City, film score: Warrior Woman (Debney)
    14. Sin City, film score: Tar Pit (Debney)
    15. Sin City, film score: Jackie Boy's Head (Debney)
    16. Sin City, film score: The Big Fat Kill (Debney)
    17. Sin City, film score: Nancy (Rodriguez)
    18. Sin City, film score: Prison Cell (Rodriguez)
    19. Absurd - (with Fluke)
    20. Sin City, film score: Kiss Of Death (Rodriguez)
    21. Sin City, film score: That Yellow Bastard (Rodriguez)
    22. Sin City, film score: Hartigan (Rodriguez)
    23. Sensemaya, for orchestra - (with New Philharmonic Orchestra/Hollywood Studio Symphony)
    24. Sin City, film score: Sin City End Titles (Rodriguez) - (with Hollywood Studio Symphony)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 066644

  • Credits
    ProducerCarl Thiel; Robert Rodriquez
    EngineerAlan Meyerson; Mark Curry; Wolfgang Amadeus; Alan Meyerson

    Composers: Robert Rodriguez ; John Debney; Graeme Revell .
    Personnel: David Russo (baritone guitar, programming); Assa Drori, Alyssa Park, Al Hershberger, Robin Olson, Lorand Lokuszta, Alan Grunfeld, Henry Gronnier, Helen Nightengale, Barbara Porter, Ishani Bhoola, Michele Ricahrds, Sungil Lee, Galina Golovin, Mark Robertson , Bruce Dukov, Julie Gigante, Clayton Haslop, Peter Kent, Raymond Kobler, Phillipe Levy, Marina Manukian, Armen Garabedian, Michael Markman, Liane Mautner, Berj Garabedian, Miwako Watanabe, Charlie Bisharat, Tereza Stanislav, Haim Shtrum (violin); Matt Funes, Karen Van Sant, Andrew Picken, Karie Prescott, Carrie Holzman-Little, Scott Hosfeld, Pamela Goldsmith, Robert Becker, Jennie Hansen, Janet Lakatos, Evan Wilson, Piotr Jandula, Darrin McCann, Samuel Formicola, Denyse Buffum, Andrew Duckles, Shanti Randall (viola); Dan Higgins (saxophone); Johnny Reno (tenor saxophone); John Mitchell (bass saxophone); Dan Savant, Warren Luening, Tim Morrison (trumpet); Alvin Veeh, Alan Kaplan, Alexander Iles, Stephen Holtman (trombone); Jim Self (tuba); Mark Adams , Rick Todd, Brad Warnaar, Brian O'Connor (horns); Michael Valerio (upright bass); Rafael Gayol (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Alan Meyerson.
    Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's eye-popping adaptation of Miller's noir comic Sin City boasts an equally gritty, stylized score to match its visual flair. As with all of Rodriguez's films, he was actively involved in Sin City's music, writing a fair chunk of the score himself and turning to two of his frequent collaborators, Graeme Revell (who worked with Rodriguez on the From Dusk 'Til Dawn soundtrack) and John Debney (who contributed to the Spy Kids 1 and 2 scores), to work on the rest, with and without him. Rodriguez scored most of Sin City's Hartigan (Bruce Willis) storyline, aka "That Yellow Bastard" to fans of the comic, and his "Sin City" theme sets the tone for the rest of the score: it's down and dirty, like the "Peter Gunn" theme gone to hell, with a beautifully ugly sax sound that adds a glamorously nasty edge to the piece (and everywhere else it pops up). Revell scored the Marv storyline, which comes from the first Sin City comic, and Debney's score revolves around the Dwight/Miho story originally known as "The Big Fat Kill." All three parts of the score blend jazz, spy, and especially film noir soundtrack elements with subtle rock and electronic touches; though they work well as a whole, there's something to be said for each of the composers' individual approaches as well. Revell's tracks are the most percussive and electronic; there's an almost industrial bent to the drums on "Marv" and "Bury the Hatchet." "Her Name Is Goldie" and "Goldie's Dead," meanwhile, concentrate on the haunting flute and vocal motifs that collide with Revell's edgier sounds on "The Hard Goodbye." Despite Sin City's stylishness, it's still fairly restrained; Rodriguez, Revell, and Debney know when to pull back from going too over the top. This is especially true of Debney's pieces, which are the closest to traditional noir film music in the score. Along with reflecting the bleak, harsh aspects of the story, tracks like "Dwight" and "Warrior Woman" also capture Sin City's very real undercurrents of sorrow: the string parts move from eerie to bittersweet, and the horns go from dangerously taut to brooding, particularly on "The Big Fat Kill," which is sad, angry, and violent all at once. Rodriguez's pieces are some of the showiest and most evocative, ranging from "Prison Cell," which sounds like sinking into darkness, to the theatrical evil of "That Yellow Bastard." "Sin City End Titles" is a bigger and badder reprise of the film's theme with a more rock-based arrangement and more than a little bit of a wink in its delivery. The soundtrack also includes two non-score tracks. Fluke's "Absurd" has a more "modern," big beat/rock sound than the rest of the album, but it feels oddly dated and out of place compared to the more timeless-sounding music that surrounds it. However, "Sensemaya," a 1976 piece from Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, is right in keeping with the score's elegant menace; it's easy to hear why Rodriguez says in the album's liner notes that this piece was a big influence on him. A wonderful update of film noir music traditions, the soundtrack remains faithful to that basic sound, but not too faithful to inject some fresh ideas into it. Along with The Incredibles, Sin City is one of the most stylish and entertaining -- not to mention effective -- scores in recent memory. ~ Heather Phares

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