by Mark Isham



Mark Isham's score for the Paul Haggis film Crash is a sculpted, personal affair. Inside the context of the film the score helps to shift and move scenes, underscores the subtleties in characters, hovers about dialogue, and adds to both the human and dramatic tension in the complex narrative. As a piece of music, it's moody, often somber; it meanders, floats, stirs, and quietly and thoughtfully suggests rather than insists. Largely keyboard driven, there are also delicate unidentified operatic vocals in the deeply moving ."..Safe Now," "Negligence," and "St. Christopher," and what appears to be a Russian folk song layered into "Flames." Elsewhere, such as on "Siren," sequencers and rhythm tracks collide before giving way to an ambient soundscape. The elegiac "A Really Good Cloak" is almost orchestral, and "A Harsh Warning" is anything but, though it is ominous with its carillon tones and washing synths slipping through the foreground. Bird York makes an appearance with the lovely, lilting, and beautiful "In the Deep." The set closes with the Stereophonics as "Maybe Tomorrow" plays through the end credits. Since it's also included on the Music From and Inspired by the Film volume, it could have easily been left off this set. It's uncharacteristically bright and bouncy and sends the entire proceeding off on a rather off-kilter bent, but it's a small complaint. Isham continues to impress with his film work; Crash stands as a fine chapter in his oeuvre.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
Label: Superb Records
UPC: 0632157251228
catalogNumber: 2512

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Crash 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing movie of the century!It confronts us with one of our country's most prominent problems:racism.It tells the stories of many different peoples' lives and feelings and all but subtly shows our fears based on race or religion though we may not know anything about that person.Crash is magical in the most realistic sense and bares these truths in an unforgiving way like opening up an old scar that we had forgotten about,and the pain is just as raw.The music is magnificent!It accentuates the people whom may be on the screen but it does not overpower the scene.The end song is absolutely perfect as well:"Maybe Tomorrow" by Stereophonics.Perfect.This movie is perfect and rich.The second time I watched it I noticed that the end and the beginning scenes are similar:Someone gets rear-ended and it starts all...over...again.The many parallels in the story reveal just how intricately interconnected we are.This movie is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing in how it shows the connection that every person has to one another and the cause and effect of this connection. The musical score was uplifting in both it's whimsy and harshness. The score as a whole set the true emotional power of this movie.