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Safe House
(2012)
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Composed and Produced by:
Ramin Djawadi

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Stephen Coleman
Matt Dunkley
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Varèse Sarabande
(February 21st, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you never lose patience with ambient, percussive thriller scores that toil endlessly in the bass region until a marginal dose of redemptive, melodic expression in the closing moments instills a sense of heightened, gloomy finality.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear Ramin Djawadi finally define his career sound, because this effort is a continuation of his habit of providing safely predictable and extremely derivative music to earn his paychecks.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,525
WRITTEN 3/26/12
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Djawadi
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Safe House: (Ramin Djawadi) Corruption within America's CIA isn't exactly a novel concept, but the fiscally successful 2012 film Safe House attempts to milk the idea for whatever excitement still remains in its possibilities. Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star as CIA agents in differing stages of going rogue, harboring sensitive information about unflattering activities by their current and former superiors and thus coming under attack from mercenaries and agents focused on containing those revelations. While chasing through South Africa, these agents are brutalized and even worse, though it doesn't take much forethought to predict that some noble soul will post the offensive information online by movie's end. Swedish director Daniel Espinosa marks his first American feature with Safe House, and while he generated heralded performances from the two leads, his work was otherwise criticized in mixed reviews for its derivative chase sequences and even more derivative script. It should come as no surprise to film score collectors that Safe House was treated to music of direct lineage from the methodology of John Powell and Hans Zimmer's Remote Control production house. Any one of Zimmer's former ghostwriters could handle this project with an appropriately modern, technologically edgy, and rhythmically propulsive score, and the clone taking the job this time was Ramin Djawadi. In his feature film work, Djawadi had yet to really distinguish himself from his peers, and Safe House continues that trend. While any part of this music could have been written by Atli Orvarsson, Marc Streitenfeld, Steve Jablonsky, or a host of others, Djawadi does at least take the opportunity to extend his ambient approach out in the direction of Cliff Martinez and other artists concerned more with the tone of their bleak environment than simply emulating the slapping, looped mannerisms of Powell. There are moments in Safe House when Djawadi does take the Powell route, especially in the most exciting chase sequences. An emphasis on a varied percussion section is especially indicative of this influence, though its applications aren't quite as creative until the ball-busting force of the final cue. But, in the end, Djawadi's work is short on empathy and originality, reducing it to a status as a functional but, like the film, equally derivative piece of mindless entertainment.

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Deans - April 28, 2012, at 7:52 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 68:51
• 1. Safe House (3:16)
• 2. A Hundred Lies a Day (3:16)
• 3. Get in the Trunk (4:25)
• 4. Do I Make You Nervous? (3:08)
• 5. I Used to Be Innocent Like You (2:11)
• 6. Tobin Frost (2:19)
• 7. Off the Grid (3:28)
• 8. Do What You Have to Do (4:49)
• 9. Don't Kill Innocent People (3:45)
• 10. Who Do You Work For? (3:45)
• 11. Walk Away (6:04)
• 12. People Change (2:17)
• 13. Be Better Than Me (4:12)
• 14. Langa (6:14)
• 15. More Past Than Future (3:19)
• 16. 12 Months (3:06)
• 17. Truth (3:43)
• 18. I'll Take it From Here (5:47)

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