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The Fifth Estate (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Carter Burwell
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 15 October 2013

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. Carter Burwell delivers a modern score that compliments the movie perfectly...

Carter Burwell's score for The Fifth Estate is a fine mix of '80s electronic based themes and more conventional scores.

'The Submission Platform' reminded me of Jan Hammer's music for Miami Vice crossed with something Jean Michel Jarre would have released in the '80s. In addition, 'Always' by Amon Tobin reminded me of The Art of Noise. On the more modern side of things, highlights include 'The Informer'; and Yppah's 'Never Mess With Sunday';

For those that prefer conventional, orchestrated scores, Burwell delivers, with my personal favourite tracks on the album: 'The Assassination of Oscar Kingara'; 'Take The Fight To Them'; 'A Fifth Estate'; and 'Asylum'.

It's an enjoyable score that offers quite a few interesting themes and set pieces. While not an essential purchase, it's still worth adding to your collection.


Darren Rea

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