The Dark Knight – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

July 25, 2008

Excellent soundtrack to what is probably going to turn out to be the biggest movie of the year, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, the latest installment in the Batman franchise. Being a superhero movie, the score, written by both Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, has a definite epic quality to it, but it also avoids being bombastic or overly melodramatic, instead often going in the other direction, towards subtlety and simplicity. The music is a mixture of classical and electronic elements, with some rock thrown in for good measure. “Why So Serious?,” the opening track, is by turns eerie, unsettling and thrilling, starting quietly, rising in intensity, then descending again into near silence at a crucial point. Zimmer and Howard’s contribution to the success of the film is considerable, and if you enjoyed The Dark Knight as much as I did, you may want to check this soundtrack out. Standout cuts: “Why So Serious?,” “I’m Not A Hero,” “Like A Dog Chasing Cars” and “Agent of Chaos.”


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