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 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   g0onie   (Member)

Just in case you'd like to hear the entire score before it's out... here's a link to the Special Edition press advance. Really out there and unique.

 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   xG-MONEYx   (Member)

Just in case you'd like to hear the entire score before it's out... here's a link to the Special Edition press advance. Really out there and unique.

I'm all about it, can't wait for movie & score . Patton knows his stuff !!!

 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

g0onie, can you revise the thread title to "The Place Beyond the Pines"? Want to get the correct title out there to do Mr. Patton some justice! smile

Both of you guys are right, this score is completely awesome. I'll be formally reviewing it soon on behalf of Film, Music, & Media - it has my highest recommendation. Really out of left field, both in terms of content compared to other Mike Patton musical projects, as well as its nature as a film score. Excellent!

 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

Not many composers go from Crank 2 to a prestige film like this one.

 Posted:   Apr 8, 2013 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

My review of this score, taken from Film, Music & Media:

There’s a fine line between familiarity and understanding. None know this better than fans of Mike Patton, whose work lends a sense of incredulity regardless of the projects of which he’s a part. Best known for having been a frontman of the band Faith No More, considered by many to be the progenitor of the rap metal (or nu-metal) subgenre, Patton’s continued and furthermore developed his craft in niche-market bands like Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, and most recently the Native American-leaning Tomahawk, never reluctant to vary his instrumental interests or zany vocal savvy. A genius to some and a pure nutcase to others, Patton’s prolific nature and incredible talent is impossible to deny. But a rare occurrence, even for Patton’s catalog, is the scoring of a film, for which The Place Beyond the Pines writer/director Derek Cianfrance hired him in 2012. A longtime fan of Patton’s, Cianfrance had always hoped he’d had a chance to work with the musical visionary, and capitalized upon it to score the film he’d written after 2010’s Blue Valentine.

Not knowing what to expect is perhaps the best quality of Mike Patton’s music. Be it psychotic vocal tendencies, mixed musicianship, or uncharacteristic structure, Patton’s execution always thrusts forth confusion along with an easily identifiable recognition of buried genius, and his score for The Place Beyond the Pines is no exception. Patton is only responsible for half of the album, however, whereas the latter half is filled with no less effective songs from artists originating hundreds of years into the past. But whereas most scores whose songs are seen as muted counterparts to the titular composer’s music, The Place Beyond the Pines wraps both Patton’s music as well as the other eclectic selections into a strongly cohesive, monumental album that will leave the listener mentally and emotionally drained.

Patton’s creations begin with “Schenectady,” an immediately oppressive track whose soft, beautiful, female choral chanting backed by almost detuned string work and carefully picked electric guitar most definitely reflect Cliff Martinez’s Contagion. In spite of the leadoff track’s melody and awestruck fairness, Patton establishes a groundwork of hapless emotional implosion that flows forward with the entire album. This feeling branches into “Family Trees,” whose angelic choir continues at a higher octave while ushering in a sense of calming beauty, before slightly reverberated electric guitar and low-octave piano begin to steer the track’s sound into a threatening din. “Bromance,” an early favorite, reintroduces the casual, almost telltale motes of guitar from the first track before a gentle piano-driven version of its theme is keyed over short issues of strings, bringing to mind the horrifying beauty of Akira Yamaoka’s “Forest” from Silent Hill 2. A harpsichord-like melody permeates “Forest of Conscience” before developing into a jarring but somehow soothing synth backdrop, with slow waves of organic and seemingly electronic piano wash in along with loops of sound effects mocking the chirps of crickets.

“Beyond the Pines” is built solely upon female choral vocals, but later incorporates loops of twinkling guitar melodies prefacing the return of the main Pines theme. The cold contents of “Misremembering” follow, splaying out echoing single notes of hollowed bass upon skittish layers of string work, before producing chords of acoustic guitar tracing a pattern of short synth bursts and coils of strings. “Sonday” is irrefutably potent, with its emotive and depressing cello passages somehow hollowed out and topped with strangely resonating bells and chimes, producing a scathing track that writhes within the listener’s psyche like a mental virus. “The Snow Angel” soon presents a window to a robust instrumental meeting of low- and high-octave piano before folding in alien electronic effects and staccato-like slices of reverb, and “Handsome Luke” acts as a filtered punch in the gut with its electric guitar, female chants, and painful reverb effects toppling over a roiling, staggering, and fiercely affecting din, bringing to mind similar musical cacophony of the more forceful moments from Mark Snow’s The X-Files.

With The Cryin’ Shames’ 1966 hit “Please Stay,” a Burt Bacarach cover, Patton’s compositional work comes to an end but still manages to influence the remainder of the score’s contemporary musical selections. “Please Stay” therefore feels profusely deep in spite of its simplicity, as the sharp juxtaposition of its docile nature really drives a cavernous, empty resonance to the listener. The 17th century Renaissance composition “Miserere Mei” follows, but is a 1998 interpretation of the Allegri classic by Russian composer Vladimir Ivanoff; its utterly beautiful male and female chanting and sorrowful horns bring a classical and deeply chilling vibe to the album. Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres for Strings and Percussion” then enters, a track of orchestral minimalism that exemplifies the more silent and ambient work on James Newton Howard’s The Village while adding a certain dose of reluctant charm and a cloak of charisma. In a strange twist, but keeping with the enigmatic feel of the Pines album, Ennio Morricone’s “Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri” is thrown in unapologetically, with its clockwork-like twitches of bells and chimes dancing with an oddly-repeating female vocal melody. American indie folk artist Bon Iver caps the soundtrack with “The Wolves (Act I and II),” an immensely powerful track that drives home the reticent solace implied by the score’s profound beauty, as singer Justin Vernon’s high-octave vocals reflect nostalgia and joy delivered through passages of deeply touching folk structure.

The music presented on The Place Beyond the Pines is ridiculously powerful, be it the score from Mike Patton or the other song selections that at least on paper might seem unexpected. Words simply don’t do the score or soundtrack justice, as it robs the listener of conflict, instills emptiness and depression, and stabs with shards of hope in its wake. Mike Patton’s The Place Beyond the Pines stands as one of the absolute best examples of score & soundtrack conglomerations I’ve ever heard, and is a purely haunting experience in the most prominent of ways. Nearly flawless, and not to be missed!

4.5 of 5 Stars

 Posted:   Apr 9, 2013 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

BUMP to call much-deserved attention to this score, and hoping g0onie can correct the thread title.

Also, I received the digipak CD today, and it contains the following interesting commentary:

A Note From the Director

It was the early nineties and I was a teenager at the gothic theater in Denver. The band I came to see was Mr. Bungle because my brother bought me a cassette of their first album for Christmas that year and I couldn't stop playing it in my car. On stage all the members of the band were wearing masks and making music that made me feel like I was in a car crash in a Fellini movie. The singer, Mike Patton, was on stage wearing a bondage mask and horse blinders and I couldn't take my eyes off his performance. During a faithful and powerful rendition of TIME by The Alan Parsons Project, Patton got down on his knees and began serenading the bald security guard by licking the guy's comb-over. It was at this moment that Mike Patton became my hero and my idol. I used his music very loudly throughout my life to ensure my neighbors would think twice before becoming my friend. I was the guy in the camouflage pants who brought copies of my student films to his shows throughout the years, hoping I'd get a chance to give him my work so that someday we could make something together. And then, one day, my dream came true...

Derek Cianfrance 02.01.13

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2013 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Nyborg   (Member)

excited to see this, Cianfrance's last film, Blue valentine, was easily my film of the year in 2010. gonna wait till I watch the film before I listen to the score, but I've always appreciated Patton's work, and his record label, Ipecac, has been taking good care of my number one band, the Melvins, for years now.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2013 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

This is easily a 5/5 from me. I've loved Patton since Faith No More and I hope he continues getting scoring assignments.

P.S. Crank 2 is such a fun score!

 Posted:   Apr 14, 2013 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

When I wrote the review for FMM posted above, I hadn't yet seen The Place Beyond the Pines. Maybe it was somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy or something like that, but having just seen the film today, it's peculiar how apt my assessment of the music's effectiveness was. The movie is a phenomenally acted and poignant drama, covering a wide range of emotional altitudes, and really left me hollow like I'd been sucker-punched, much like the score itself. Kudos again to Mike Patton and his music, because its undercurrent really drove the film's narrative and emotional weight, truly illuminating it to a grand experience.

 Posted:   Apr 15, 2013 - 9:53 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

My review of THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, for anyone who's interested:


 Posted:   Apr 15, 2013 - 10:12 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

"...for anyone who is interested." I am always interested in reading Jon's film score reviews. You just have a knack for cogent writing, for dovetailing the music to the visuals and for providing clear details.

And Losher22, you've found your niche. What a rich, savvy review. May you "live long and prosper" by continuing your excitement for various film scores and by sharing your insights with us.

I like both reviewers because I can tell by the details if the films' music will appeal to my tastes in music or maybe not appeal to me. Helps keep my ears tuned in when watching certain movies. Thanks to both for their efforts.

 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 4:40 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

And Losher22, you've found your niche. What a rich, savvy review. May you "live long and prosper" by continuing your excitement for various film scores and by sharing your insights with us.

Thank you joan, that's very nice of you to say. I am flattered, truly. smile

 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

My review of THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, for anyone who's interested:


Excellent review Jon, thank you. Great minds think alike, huh? smile

 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

The score for The Place Beyond the Pines is now available on vinyl also:

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