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)