BLACK VINYL LP.
"Guitarist Jonny Greenwood has composed a hauntingly dramatic instrumental score for Oscar-nominated writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's ambitious new film, There Will Be Blood. The soundtrack will appeal to serious movie-music fans, who will appreciated this rare find: an intelligent, beautiful and deeply cinematic orchestrated score - performed by the BBC Orchestra and London Sinfonietta - that can hold its own next to the classic work of such composers as Bernard Herrman, Elmer Bernstein and Ennio Morricone. This album marks Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's first high-profile soundtrack--and one that's also easily among the most striking offerings of 2007. Music is particularly important for director Paul Thomas Anderson (remember Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love?) and here, his choice of Greenwood is a gamble that more than paid off. The score is extremely string-heavy, and tension (of which there's plenty in the Upton Sinclair-based movie) derives from them instead of the usual percussive Hollywood tropes (indeed, percussions are almost entirely absent from the CD). 'Henry Plainview' and 'Proven Lands' are part of a larger piece, Popcorn Superhet Receiver, that Greenwood wrote as Composer-in-Residence at the BBC; both cues display the musician's imaginative use of strings, suggestively scary on the first, pounding and creepy on the second."