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Album Review: Gone Girl [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] by Trent Reznor
Excellent, Based on 4 Critics
New Musical Express (NME) - 80 Based on rating 4/5
This is Reznor’s third soundtrack for director David Fincher, and ‘Gone Girl”s narrative is matched perfectly by the Nine Inch Nails man and regular collaborator Atticus Ross. The seemingly idyllic life of a married couple (played by Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck) is translated into docile ambient textures. But when Pike’s character Amy goes missing and the finger of blame is pointed at her husband things get darker.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross bring even more depth to their collaboration with their score for David Fincher's Gone Girl. This is some of the most disturbing music of Reznor's career, which is saying something -- and all the more impressive considering it's part of a film with such mainstream appeal. Their music for Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel explores a relationship gone horribly wrong, subject matter that allows the duo to take a more emotive approach than they did on either The Social Network or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
'The goal is making the best thing we can make'. A laudable mission statement from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, speaking to Rolling Stone about his high ambitions for his third soundtrack with Atticus Ross for David Fincher (after The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Gone Girl, which Reznor accurately described as being 'surprisingly nasty', is one of the most provocative and thoroughly discussed films of the year.
“What Have We Done to Each Other?” opens the Gone Girl film soundtrack in the same way that the above passage, taken from page one of Flynn’s bestselling novel, lures readers into the tangled web of married couple Nick and Amy Dunne: on a note of disquiet. Beautiful, ethereal, unnerving, the reverberant siren calls elicit a spine-shiver of detachment — How well can one know another person, especially the person that they love? — but also a dreamy, unearthly remove, a feeling that so often comes with drifting away from reality and back into the recesses of the mind. The call and response sounds are evocative of lights bobbing in separate orbits; ghosts passing each other in the night; a body floating Ophelia-like in the water for a stranger to find.