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Sicario
(2015)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Jóhann Jóhannsson

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Anthony Weeden

Co-Orchestrated by:
Stan Koch
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 18th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you crave the experience of being tortured by sound effects repackaged as "music," Jóhann Jóhannsson's intentionally brutal, ambient score certain to disrupt any good mood.

Avoid it... even if you approach this score under the impression that there is intelligence behind its instrumental applications, because Sicario is a surprisingly ordinary work even under the microscope.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,668
WRITTEN 1/11/16
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Sicario: (Jóhann Jóhannsson) If you're tired of having a delightfully fabulous day and you want an ultimate downer of an examination of humanity, then pair up a Donald Trump political speech with the 2015 movie Sicario and your attitude about the world will cloud up pretty damn fast. Ultra-gruesome societal dramas like this are made in part to enthrall viewers with the notion that sensationalistic corruption and vigilante behavior are actually realistic and also to translate that depressingly stark depiction into the kind of relentless grit that solicits year-end awards. Much praised on both fronts was Sicario, a tragically depressing and harrowingly violent glimpse of America's involvement in the drug wars of the Mexican/American border and an equal indictment of the cartels and sleazy law enforcement. In many ways, Sicario is for the drug cartels what The Godfather was for the mafia, but without any of the romanticism. Director Denis Villeneuve's vision of this part of the world offers little redemption and absolutely no hope, the glorification of Benicio del Toro's character's seemingly mechanized killings so embraced by a society of disillusioned Trump voters eager for verification that the world is a terrible place that Lionsgate quickly explored the possibility of making a franchise of films based on his performance. Needless to say, a movie like Sicario is not meant to be a pleasant experience, and the same is understandably the case with its music. The assignment took Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson closer to his roots than his popular success for The Theory of Everything had done, this continued collaboration with Villeneuve benefitting from positive press and significant awards consideration due to the composer's newfound reputation and the brazen awkwardness of the music. Villeneuve's instruction to Jóhannsson was to create an ambient soundscape that is as much felt as it is heard. The goal was a primordial musical extension of the sound effects mix, and Jóhannsson provided exactly that type of score. Lively debate will ensue about whether the application of music as sound effects is brilliant, lazy, or not even music at all. For those listeners tired of hearing easy harmony and saccharine tonal melodies in their film scores, Sicario could indeed be a nice change, and you thus see people throwing awards consideration at it for being "different." In truth, however, ambient sound-effect scores have existed for a long time and there's nothing revolutionary about what Jóhannsson did here.



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179 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.67 Stars
***** 24 5 Stars
**** 31 4 Stars
*** 35 3 Stars
** 41 2 Stars
* 48 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 54:10
• 1. Armored Vehicle (1:39)
• 2. The Beast (3:14)
• 3. The Border (2:56)
• 4. Drywall (2:32)
• 5. Explosion (1:07)
• 6. Desert Music (5:06)
• 7. Target (2:01)
• 8. Convoy (2:55)
• 9. The Bank (2:03)
• 10. Surveillance (1:29)
• 11. Reflection (1:56)
• 12. Melancholia (4:35)
• 13. Night Vision (3:44)
• 14. Tunnel Music (4:39)
• 15. Fausto (2:16)
• 16. Balcony (1:35)
• 17. Soccer Game (4:19)
• 18. Alejandro's Song (5:47)

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The insert includes a short note from the director but no additional information about the score or film.
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