Gone Girl Soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (2014)
Get it: If you want a soundtrack that makes consistent use of low-profile suspense music
Don’t get it: If you’re hoping for a more fully orchestrated styled soundtrack
The soundtrack to Gone Girl, composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, is one of the more talked-about soundtracks of the recent months. Accompanying the anticipated film starring Ben Affleck, this score has received some acclaim. However, if you are expecting some level of high-profile brilliance, then you are in for a surprise. While this score holds plenty of suspense, there is also romantic themes as well. A piano adds a level of familiar love-focused sounds. This adds to the overall ‘cooling’ feel, which also includes, glass sounds, strings, the mentioned piano, and other instruments.
The main focus of the score is definitely suspense. Even that, though, is not done in a typical way. Instead of long, drawn out strings, Reznor and Ross use a newer, more modern style of suspense music. There really isn’t a whole lot of variation beyond the romantic/suspense themes, so you would need to fully like and appreciate those to enjoy the entirety of this OST. Not sure how to best describe this accurately. Hopefully this doesn’t seem like a cop-out, but truly, the best way for you to decide if this is the right soundtrack for you is to give it a listen:
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