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Prisoners (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Label: WaterTower Music
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 17 September 2013

Jóhann Jóhannsson’s soundtrack to the Alcon Entertainment thriller Prisoners, was composed for an orchestra with large string and woodwind sections. It also features the sounds of two little known instruments: The Cristal Baschet, an instrument similar to a glass harmonica, with huge metallic resonators; and the Ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument similar to a Theremin, but with a softer sound. By blending those unfamiliar sounds with string instruments, Jóhannsson has created a score with a delicate, glassy surface. Despite its ambient sound, his tranquil music serves to heighten the tension of the film...

The soundtrack for Prisoners represents a beautiful collection of atmospheric tracks. This is the sort of album that you could put on in the background and totally relax to.

The album opens with 'The Lord's Prayer' which paves the way for what is to come. What gives this score a slight edge is Jóhann Jóhannsson's use of two unusual instruments: the Cristal Baschet and the Ondes Martenot. The give the whole album a dream like quality - which makes you want to just drift off into another world.

The album lasts for 55 min, 23 sec and contains 16 tracks. There isn't a dull or wasted moment. If you're looking for an exciting, pumping score then this won't be your thing. However, if your soundtrack collection needs a chilled out, atmospheric score that will stir emotions deep inside you, then Prisoners is the album for you.


Darren Rea

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