Hang around on DragonTattoo.com for long enough, and you’ll get a sneaky preview of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for David Fincher’s upcoming take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Hit the jump for a YouTube audio rip. Trust me, it’s worth it.
So what do you think? I absolutely love it. It’s creepy and incredibly atmospheric, and while some of the sounds are unmistakably Reznor-created, something about it manages to differentiate itself from his past work. It reminds me in some ways of Chris Vrenna’s score for American McGee’s Alice, and Jason Tai’s soundtrack for the recent sequel Alice: Madness Returns (Vrenna was a member of Nine Inch Nails, Reznor’s band, in their early days).
Reznor and Ross of course won an Oscar earlier in the year for their work on Fincher’s previous film The Social Network. I found said score to contain elements of brilliance (Hand Covers Bruise, In the Hall of the Mountain King, 3:14 Every Night), but felt it could have had a bit more variety. This new music, however, sounds fantastic.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is out December 21st – I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the soundtrack’s release more than anything else (I am also an enormous, longtime fan of Nine Inch Nails). And the album damn well better include that awesome cover of Immigrant Song.