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Danny Elfman: The Girl on the Train [Original Motion Picture Score]

Track List

>Girl on the Train: Riding the Train, The
>Girl on the Train: Something's Not Right, The
>Girl on the Train: Megan, The
>Girl on the Train: Rachel, The
>Girl on the Train: Stolen?, The
>Girl on the Train: 3 Women, The
>Girl on the Train: All F*cked Up!, The
>Girl on the Train: Wasted, The
>Girl on the Train: Missing Time, The
>Girl on the Train: Day One, The
>Girl on the Train: Deviled Eggs, The
>Girl on the Train: Touch Myself, The
>Girl on the Train: Uncertainty, The
>Girl on the Train: The Perfect Couple / Password, The
>Girl on the Train: I'm Sorry, The
>Girl on the Train: A Sad Liar, The
>Girl on the Train: You're Always Wasted, The
>Girl on the Train: Memory, The
>Girl on the Train: Really Creepy, The
>Girl on the Train: Just Desserts, The
>Girl on the Train: Self Defense, The
>Girl on the Train: Resolution, The
>Girl on the Train: The Girl On the Train - Main Titles, The

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Music composed by four time Academy Award®-nominee Danny Elfman. Based on the New York Times #1 Best-selling book by Paula Hawkins. Starring Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt, Allison Janney, Laura Prepon and Justin Theroux. Movie opens nationwide on October 7, 2016.

Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down - Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. Starring Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt, Allison Janney, Justin Theroux, Laura Prepon, and Luke Evans, The Girl on the Train opens in theaters nationwide on October 7, 2016.

Having composed music for over sixty films, Grammy Award® winner Danny Elfman is best known for his scores for the majority of Tim Burton's movies including Batman, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice. Elfman composed the music for all three Men In Black movies which earned him one of his Academy Award® nominations. Most recently, he composed the music for Avengers: Age of Ultron and the score music for Goosebumps, Fifty Shades of Grey, American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. Elfman is also known for his television work, composing the theme songs for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives (for which he won an Emmy Award®), and as the leader of the rock band Oingo Boingo. Nominated for 11 Grammy Awards®, 4 Academy Awards®, and 3 Golden Globe® Awards, Elfman is one of Hollywood's hottest film composers.

Album Notes

Personnel: Danny Elfman (synthesizer); Michael Tuller (synthesizer).

Audio Mixer: Noah Scot Snyder.

Recording information: The Dimenna Center, NYC.

Editors: Nic Ratner; Bill Abbott.

The Girl on the Train is a 2016 psychological thriller based on the previous year's best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins. Versatile Grammy-winning composer and The Simpsons theme writer Danny Elfman furnishes the film's original score. It falls over 30 years into the former new wave rocker's scoring career, between the whimsical Tim Burton fantasy Alice Through the Looking Glass and the historical drama Tulip Fever. Here, his music is serious and restrained (for Burton), but hardly bland. Instrumentation includes strings and other members of the orchestra but also conspicuous electric guitar, prepared piano, and electronics. Percussive tones, distorted guitar, and an electronic bassline join strings in the opening moments of "Riding the Train," introducing not only the palette, but a mood that's both gloomy and unsettling. Something's not quite right in "Something's Not Right," which opens with lurching low strings, then adds manipulated piano, dissonance, and zapping sounds that prod. The piece has a beginning, climactic middle, and end, and unlike a lot of ambient-minded scores, leaves a lasting impression. There are moments in the soundtrack that feel like classic Bernard Herrmann, too, despite the quite different, non-symphonic arrangements. "3 Women" has simmering arpeggios, off-kilter harmonics, and constant motion remindful of Vertigo, if in the sense of third generation removed. In contrast, "Really Creepy" is quietly melodic until it transforms into turbulent noise. Consistently atmospheric as well as uncanny, The Girl on the Train is a compelling diversion for Elfman, who makes more of it than a mere genre exercise. ~ Marcy Donelson



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