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 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   mistereozo   (Member)

Any suggestions? My favourite is "Howl" though I have heard only a few of his scores.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   nxbusby   (Member)

Touch decision. I like these all equally, with maybe the edge going to True Grit.

Conspiracy Theory
Gods and Monsters
True Grit

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Gods and Monsters by far. THIS is the kind of score that I go weak in the knees for, this is my type of music!

I only really like three tracks from Conspiracy Theory, 1, I think it's 4 and then the last one. I also found on itunes the song used in the film that I liked as well.

A really beautiful score by his which is unreleased is The Celluloid Closet, there are samples on his site.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Phibes 3   (Member)

Psycho III
Raising Arizona
Blood Simple

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Psycho III

It's one of the most unusual and original scores I've heard, and, by far, my favourite Burwell score.

The fact that it was written for a franchise which already included Herrmann's classic and a Jerry Goldsmith fantatisc follow up must have been very frightening to a young composer in its very first works, but the fact that he could deliver such an unconventional work is a sign of both his talent and of the trust and support of Anthony Perkins.

I hope this score is released some day in complete form (not the as the short LP album, which includes lots of the film's source music but few of the underscore), with its mix of percussive effects, synths and voices that create a very eerie effect but also includes some very emotional moments.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

There is a lot more Burwell I need to hear before I can honestly list my favorites, but for now I'll give a shout-out to two mid-1990s scores - ROB ROY and FARGO.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Polty   (Member)

My favourite Burwell score would be MILLER'S CROSSING followed by AND THE BAND PLAYED ON.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

Rob Roy is my favorite... but True Grit is gaining ground very quickly. His scores tend to work like gangbusters in the films themselves, but not as well on an album. Case in point: Fargo. Hard to think of a more effective score in a film, but on the album it feels repetitious to me.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

The final two cues of CONSPIRACY THEORY are my favorite Burwell compositions, and in my top 10 favorite score pieces ever.

However my favorite complete Burwell score (and I have everything he's released) would be:

Only two tracks from the score made it on the soundtrack CD, but nearly the complete score is up at Burwell's website.

When you listen to the clips, don't choose the links marked "MP3," they're just brief samples. Choose the links with arrows, they're the complete cues.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Browny   (Member)

I am really quite fond of Carter's score for the great Heath Ledger romance/actioner "A KNIGHT'S TALE" from 2001, directed by Brian Helgeland. A great picture and a much under rated music score that has to fight for the right to be heard above all the pop songs cut in to the soundtrack. On repeated DVD viewings (and now BD) I came to really love this music and had to eventually import the CD (on Sony Legacy Music Soundtrax).

Unfortunately, the pop song soundtrack is more readily available.

Not sure about the score's continued availability in the US, but here in Australia it was not released at the time at all. The music itself was recorded in London and mixed in New York and sounds great. Helgeland's liner notes say it all...

"Carter's music has got a sixth sense. It goes a level deeper than it's supposed to. It doesn't play the emotion of the character, the emotion of the moment. It plays in the psyche, the consciousness of the character. His music psychoanalyzes the moment. But in our hearts as well as our heads."

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Olivier_Lille   (Member)

Just seen "In Bruges" this week...
The melancholy score really stood out and makes
me wish i could get that soundtrack.
One of Burwell's best, IMHO....

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

The Jackal. Someone needs to release it.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 11:28 PM   
 By:   Koray Savas   (Member)

In Bruges

Miller's Crossing
No Country For Old Men
... and all of his collaborations with the Coen brothers.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2010 - 11:43 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

No Country For Old Men

But there basically is no score in NCFOM, except an end credits piece and various tones that come in at key moments. (Unless it's how spare the score is that you're giving kudos for, like CLOVERFIELD, in which case I agreesmile )

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2010 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Burwell's unreleased score to 1996's Fear (orchestrated and conducted by the redoubtable Shirley Walker) deserves preservation on CD.

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2010 - 4:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)


 Posted:   Dec 26, 2010 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   KubrickFan   (Member)

Apart from everything else that's already been mentioned, I really love the music for Being John Malkovich, Burn After Reading, and Where the Wild Things Are.

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2010 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   David Kessler   (Member)

Psycho 3
The Jackal

 Posted:   Dec 27, 2010 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

1. Kalifornia
2. The Jackal

 Posted:   Dec 27, 2010 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

I also like a lot of the scores mentioned here, but I'm surprised no one has mentioned DOC HOLLYWOOD. It's a great score and that last big cue, Back To The Interstate, Ben Stone defines the sound of Carter Burwell to me.

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