Release Date: Dec 27, 2011
Record label: Sony Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Original Score
Welcome to the multiplex of Trent Reznor's mind, where your ICEE is spiked with arsenic and there's a mind-control microchip at the bottom of every box of Goobers. Reznor's Oscar-winning soundtrack for David Fincher's The Social Network wasn't too far from Nine Inch Nails' industrial rock. But he had 14 months to throw himself into Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and the result is an obsessive-compulsive studio necromancer at his most maximally creepy.
Trent Reznor and Atticus RossThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo OST[The Null Corporation / Mute; 2011]By Aurora Mitchell; January 11, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGGoing right back to before Trent Reznor accepted the job from David Fincher to produce the score for The Social Network, there’s a chance that this complimentary pair may have never worked together. Reznor first declined due to band priorities with Nine Inch Nails, but after Fincher waited patiently, Trent Reznor paired up with Atticus Ross to make the multi award winning film score, including a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Score. So it was exciting news to say the least when it was announced that the pair would be taking on the score for a Hollywood adaption of the worldwide phenomenon, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Trailers for David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo present the viewer with a collage of dark images flying at them furiously. There are people hiding in corners and in plain sight and a frail, young punk fighting, crying, and riding her way through life. There’s blood running down faces and, of course, the snow (all that snow).
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score for The Social Network was brilliant because it worked as a conventional film score even though its approach was boldly unconventional. The pair assembled a dense but brittle map of drones, foreboding sound effects, and delicate melodies, submerging acoustic sounds in pools of digital filters. The result was something suited to filmmaker David Fincher's work-- brooding, mysterious, and tinged with anxiety.
A suffocating soundtrack, but one that suits its movie’s air of oppression. Mike Diver 2012 It’s been said elsewhere in the press that the second soundtrack from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to accompany a David Fincher film is rather less impressive than the pair’s multi-award-winning score for The Social Network. But such critique stemmed not from hearing this three-disc, 173-minute offering exclusive of its parent picture; instead from experiencing it as last year’s American version of the 2009 Swedish hit – itself an adaptation of the late Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel, published posthumously in 2005 – rolled at the cinema.