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4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

babajones ,

Great Album For A Good Movie

Smokin Aces is a blend of cop thriller and action movie. For once the combination works, this brilliant soundtrack accompinies this potent movie. Yes it is violent but the end is one of the best I have ever seen. If you like the song "Dead Reckoning" you have to see the last scene. Also Smokin Aces has some actors I do not normally like, but they were all stellar in this movie including Ryan Reynolds who shows he can be a great drama actor. So buy the album and watch the movie.

Headphone Commute ,

Headphone Commute Review

Former lead singer and guitarist of Pop Will Eat Itself, Clint Mansell matures into a Golden Globe nominated composer, and a winner of numerous awards for best original score for a film. I have previously sang praises to Mansell's musical scores to Darren Aronofsky's Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and, of course, The Fountain. Being in love with Mansell's melancholic modern classical pieces, which are perfectly complemented by the performance of The Kronos Quartet, I decided to grab the soundtrack to Smokin' Aces - I have not seen the film, and instead listened to the album "as is" - as music. From the first track I am immensed in haunting images that glide with that uneasy feeling of something lurking in the shadows, until it all explodes with tension breaks of silence. In the soundtrack he effortlessly controls the mood, dynamics, and even the genre of individual pieces. The orchestral accompaniment works very well with an organic big beat and a funky rhythm. The scenes switch, and so does the music. Forty five minutes of music take you through mental images driven by emotion saturated sound. Mansell is clearly a craftsman of his trade, and Smokin' Aces may be his most cinematic composition to date.

Navarone ,

Just Another Day for Me and You in Paradise

The Clint Mansell string quartet is the best thing to happen to movie soundtracks since the end of silent films. His score for this movie continues the tradition he started back with Requiem for a Dream. A good movie that was made great by his music. A must buy.

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