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Saturday, October 16, 2021

CD review: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Artist: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Album: The Social Network (Original Soundtrack)

Label: Null

Rating: 4

Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor is the mastermind behind the trippy, electronica-infused score of the geek-chic flick The Social Network. Fittingly, the harsh beats and seductive synths seem to have crawled right out of a computer. This score ain’t John Williams – though a few tracks feature typical piano themes, go ahead and break this baby out at your next dance party.

“Hand Covers Bruise” eases listeners into Mark Zuckerberg’s journey with a simple piano melody, but the angry guitar of “A Familiar Taste” is downright hot. “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” a freaky electronic remake of Edvard Grieg’s classical piece, feels slightly out of place compared to the club-like beats of “In Motion.” Perhaps the perfect marriage of the score’s traditional and bizarre elements is “Complication With Optimistic Outcome,” with its dense layers of piano, synth and God knows what else.

Give these tracks a listen: “A Familiar Taste,” “Carbon Prevails,” “Hand Covers Bruise”

For Fans of: Nine Inch Nails, Robyn, A.R. Rahman

– Erin Migdol

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