CD of the Week: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack

Trent ReznorDavid FincherYeah Yeah Yeahs (music group)John Carpenter

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's previous soundtrack, for David Fincher's 2010 film The Social Network, had a vintage-synth, techno vibe; here you'll find more strings, pads, chimes, strange, toneless gamelan strikes, churning industrial bass and, overall, sparser (Nordic?) textures. The three main tropes — suspense/action (“A Thousand Details,” the John Carpenter-inspired “Pinned and Mounted,” the gamelan-inflected “Hidden In Snow”), reflection/discovery (“What If We Could?” “One Particular Moment,” “I Can't Take it Anymore”) and discomfort/disorientation (the six-minute squirm-noise “Perihelion”) — bleed considerably into each other. The terrifying “We Could Wait Forever” plays out like a Rorschach test: if you're anxious to begin with, prepare to be more anxious. Indie darling Karen O (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) screams through (is there any other way?) Led Zep's “Immigrant Song,” and How to Destroy Angels, a Reznor/Ross side project with Reznor's wife, Mariqueen Maandig, contributes some mid-tempo, end-credit prettiness.

Trent Reznor / Atticus Ross
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Soundtrack]
(The Null Corporation)

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