Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

4.8 8
by Clint Mansell
     
 
Requiem for a Dream, the second film from indie director Darren Aronofsky, is the rather bleak story of a heroin addict and his depressed mother, a woman obsessed with television and diet pills. British composer/musician Clint Mansell (formerly of Pop Will Eat Itself) provides a dark, stirring,

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Requiem for a Dream, the second film from indie director Darren Aronofsky, is the rather bleak story of a heroin addict and his depressed mother, a woman obsessed with television and diet pills. British composer/musician Clint Mansell (formerly of Pop Will Eat Itself) provides a dark, stirring, mostly-electronic score, which underscores the emotional ups and downs of the film's characters. The album's 33 tracks -- played by the ever-innovative Kronos Quartet -- are ambient, brooding pieces, some throbbing and insistent ("High on Life" and "Supermarket Sweep"), some terse (the 19-second "Winter Overture"), some amusing ("Bialy & Lox Conga," a nod to the film's Coney Island setting), and some simply lovely ("Summer Overture" and "Hope Overture"). While certain song titles and themes ("Dreams," "Party," "Ghosts") are repeated, the score's overall tone is at once mysterious, beautiful, moody, sinister -- an engrossing musical companion to an unsettling film.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Darren Aronofsky's second film Requiem for a Dream features a score from his Pi collaborator, former Pop Will Eat Itself vocalist/guitarist Clint Mansell. This time, Mansell blends his usual electronic/industrial leanings with brooding, evocative performances from the Kronos Quartet. As with Pi, Mansell's compositions play a large part in Requiem for a Dream, which is an adaptation of Hubert Selby's 1978 novel about the harrowing lives of four drug addicts. Impressively, Mansell's score manages to be appropriately dark and disturbing, as well as compulsively listenable.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597961126
catalogNumber:
79611
Rank:
75746

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clint Mansell   Primary Artist
Kronos Quartet   Track Performer
Hank Dutt   Viola
David Harrington   Violin
John Sherba   Violin
Brian Emrich   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jennifer Culp   Cello
Marcel Reginatto   Saxophone,Vocals
Hector Torress   Percussion,Vocals
Moonrats   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Eric Watson   Soundtrack Executive Producer
David Bither   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Judith Sherman   Producer
David Lang   Arranger
Clint Mansell   Programming,Producer
Brian Emrich   Producer
Dann Michael Thompson   Engineer
James Murphy   Programming,Engineer

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Requiem for a Dream 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening note of the movie/soundtrack you can tell that you'll get your money's worth from at least the Kronos Quartet. Clint Mansell has put together a most striking score, and the soundtrack as a stand alone is a chilling reminder of the film. The odd combination of a string quartet and techno beats works sickeningly well here. Without having seen the movie the power of this score can't be explained. The movie has some great moments where nothing is said, but the music says more than words ever could. The madness and tragedy grow as the album progresses. The Summer Overture alone is enough to buy this album, but thankfully there are many more wonderful tracks after it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the end of this movie I left alone in the theater watching credits. One of the main reasons, actually, the ONLY reason was that apsolutely astoinishing soundtrack!! To be honest, never heard of Kronos quartet, but C. Mansell was more than familiar to me. Maybe, only Blixa Bargeld /Einstuerzenede Neubauten/ could make a score on the Clint`s level, who knows?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is one of the greatest i've ever heard. The movie rocks too, but the music just added an entire depth to it
Guest More than 1 year ago
The soundtrack for Requiem For a Dream is as gripping as the film.From start to end the highs and lows are experienced with as much feeling as the movie itself.I Love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music is so incredibly powerful. It has the ability to evoke so many emotions the music is a story in itself. The movie was awesome (u should read the book too) but the movie would not have been near as good without clint masnell and the kronos quartet's contribution to the soundtrack. I have heard these songs over and over and still everytime I hear them I tense up. I feel like such a drama queen saying that... I just feel really strongly about the music. U should definetly check it out
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the others who have written reviews before me, this is a spectacular album, definatly worth your money. It's so haunting, and mournful, words don't describe. Worth ten stars on this scale, I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
not only was the movie amazing the soundtrack made me oh so very happy it definately added to the movie if the music wasnt there i probably wouldnt like it good job!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this cd... one because of #1 and the other songs that sound similar to it... it's a really great cd to listen to if your a dance choreographer or have dance projects to do and you need intense music. i recommend this cd... it's helped me out a lot in my dance compostion classes.