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Phantom Thread
(2017)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:
Jonny Greenwood

Co-Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Ziegler

Co-Conducted by:
Robert Ames

Co-Orchestrated by:
Hugh Brunt

Produced by:
Graeme Stewart
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nonesuch Records
(January 12th, 2018)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. The CD album was made available a month after the download option. A vinyl album was released two months later.
Awards
AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you are already familiar with and accepting of Jonny Greenwood's often tortured, string-dominated music for the big screen, this score exhibiting that familiar style but with more accessibly romantic inclinations in its final third.

Avoid it... if you take no pleasure in starkly atonal, dissonant approaches to miserable, abrasive romance, especially as they use resolving harmony to suggest an oddly attractive acceptance of spousal abuse.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,738
WRITTEN 2/10/18
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Phantom Thread: (Jonny Greenwood) Love can make people do some pretty damn strange things to one another, and Paul Thomas Anderson's 2017 art-house drama, Phantom Thread, explores the troubled but fascinating relationship between a famed English fashion designer of the 1950's and the unexpected love of his life: a waitress from the countryside who eventually tames the otherwise wild personality of her man. It's a rather sick film, the power struggle between the two determined leads yielding physical abuse that is by no means normal or healthy, but the beauty of Phantom Thread is in the journey of the two characters and the execution of the film itself. Romantic tension abounds here, and much of it is unpleasant due to the rather rough nature of everyone involved, potentially causing some viewers to simply wish everyone on screen an untimely demise. Critically, the movie was an immense success, especially in response to actor Daniel Day-Lewis' superb portrayal of the designer. (The actor claimed that he would retire after this picture.) But despite a bevy of awards consideration, Phantom Thread didn't become a fiscal success, its rather grim subject matter possibly too challenging for most. Among the aspects of the film to defy the traditional moulds of romanticism is Jonny Greenwood's original score, itself a subject of widespread acclaim and nominations for awards. This is Greenwood's fourth collaboration with Anderson, the most famous long being his mainstream introduction with There Will Be Blood in 2007. While Greenwood is best known for his involvement with the English alternative rock band Radiohead, he is also an active classical composer, most notably for BBC Concert Orchestra, and he has a particular taste for avant garde string compositions and the theremin-like Ondes Martenot. His film scores maintain a similar character of atonality and dissonance that make for striking partnerships with their films, but these scores often suffer on album outside of a very limited audience. By its end, the romanticism in Phantom Thread is a little more easily accessible, but the core style of the work is still rooted firmly in Greenwood's comfort zone. Film music such as this does not exist to stir the souls of the masses apart from its few highlights; it's music of troubling constructs and stark isolation that reflects the repugnant characters on screen with appropriately unpleasant mannerisms attempting to achieve harmony where possible but often falling short by design.



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Average: 3.09 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 55:40
• 1. Phantom Thread I (3:36)
• 2. The Hem (2:43)
• 3. Sandalwood I (2:40)
• 4. The Tailor of Fitzrovia (2:31)
• 5. Alma (4:07)
• 6. Boletus Felleus (3:13)
• 7. Phantom Thread II (3:55)
• 8. Catch Hold (2:15)
• 9. Never Cursed (3:46)
• 10. That's as May Be (1:27)
• 11. Phantom Thread III (2:22)
• 12. I'll Follow Tomorrow (1:22)
• 13. House of Woodcock (3:53)
• 14. Sandalwood II (3:43)
• 15. Barbara Rose (4:40)
• 16. Endless Superstition (3:05)
• 17. Phantom Thread IV (2:59)
• 18. For the Hungry Boy (3:36)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers, and the vinyl release contains a massive booklet with the actual score.
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