Just a few days after I started a new feature called Unforgettable Scenes, I’ve also decided to begin another new feature here at Southern Vision. This one will be called He Shoots, He Scores! Each week, I will highlight the soundtrack/score of any movie of my choosing that particularly stands out as remarkable in this field. I’ll either be talking about the original score or simply the alternate music used in the movie not composed directly for it (eg., I might talk about the Trainspotting soundtrack but not the score, or I might talk about the Three Colours score but not the soundtrack). This week, we’re discussing the score for David Fincher’s 2010 film The Social Network.
This is a fantastic film, entertaining and enjoyable in no small part due to its score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Winning an Oscar for its clever and suitable electronica and techno style. There’s the soft piano juxtaposed with the hauntingly sharp background effect in Hand Covers Bruise; the sudden throbbing of A Familiar Taste; the whirring screeches of Pieces form the Whole; the chuckle-worthy electro remix of Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King; the tension best described in the title of the track The Gentle Hum of Anxiety; and finally, the warmth and comfort of the quiet and wonderful closing track Soft Trees Break the Fall. These are some of the albums many higlights, and I will include YouTube clips of the tracks below. Tell me what you think of them in the comments, and be descriptive if you’d like. Talk about them in relation to the movie, how they were suitable or unsuitable for certain scenes, moods or themes, or simply just say you like or dislike a track. I’ve embedded five great tracks from the album below: