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British writer/director Steve McQueen's 2011 film Shame concerns Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a contemporary New Yorker who is a sex addict. For music, McQueen turned to composer Harry Escott, but also included a variety of standards from a variety of musical genres including classical, dance, jazz, and blues. Escott's three cues on the soundtrack album are slow, sad orchestral pieces, almost ambient in their quietude. Their tone is matched by the several excerpts from classical pianist Glenn Gould's celebrated performances of Bach's "Goldberg Variations." Like those tracks, many of the inclusions from pop styles are the kinds of recordings that already are, or should be, in the Grammy Hall of Fame, such as John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" and Chet Baker's "Let's Get Lost" from the jazz realm; post-new wave '80s dance-pop favorites "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club and "Rapture" by Blondie; and Howlin' Wolf's "You Can't Be Beat." Also, actress Carey Mulligan, who co-stars as Brandon's sister Sissy, sings an unusual slow voice-and-piano arrangement of the theme from the film New York, New York, one that has none of the bravado of Frank Sinatra or Liza Minnelli, but turns it into an intimate, reflective song. A viewing of Shame is required to understand how all this music works together, but the individual recordings are classics in their own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2011
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886919187625
catalogNumber: 91876

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liz Caplan   Piano

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Steven Stanley   Composer
Chris Stein   Composer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Rolf Wilson   Orchestra Leader
Fred Ebb   Composer
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Stephen Oremus   Arranger,Producer
David Butterworth   Orchestration
Harry Escott   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Mark Louque   Composer
Steve McQueen   Liner Notes,Executive Soundtrack Producer

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