At this point, people the world over have all but become obsessed with the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. And after the success of the Swedish films based on the trilogy, Hollywood, hoping to cash in on the buzz, is vamping up for a 2011 remake. As of this writing, it doesn’t appear that a composer has been attached to the remake, which will be helmed by acclaimed director David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, Se7en). Regardless of Hollywood’s choice, Danish composer Jacob Groth has already instilled his musical stylings all over the Millennium Trilogy by scoring all three films in the original Swedish trilogy, and creating the television theme for the show “Millennium.”

Silva Screen Records has taken the full body of music that Groth created for the three films (as well as the theme for “Millennium”) and condensed it all into one album that spans just 11 tracks and 41 minutes. At least, that’s what the title of the album – Music From Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – seems to suggest. In fact, a separate full-length album of score music from the first film – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – has already been released. For all intents and purposes then, this album contains music from the second two films in the trilogy (The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) along with “themes” from all three films.

In the tracks that Silva Screen Records has selected for this album (which may or may not be representative of the full body of music) there is as much action and suspense to be found here as there is emotionality. The softer moments resonate a bit more (the gentle waves of  foreboding that start out “Blomkvist” stick around longer than the pounding, driving middle of “Running Out of Time”).  The lapse into rising and falling strings (which starts to feel a bit repetitive before it’s over) in the penultimate track “The Return of Salander” captures the soft core of the otherwise action-filled score.

What adds a level to this collection is that though these themes are played out by the Slovak National Orchestra, they often sound (and feel) quite electronic – an impressive feat. Only the melodramatic pleadings of “Would Anyone Die For Me?” – performed by Danish singer Misen Larsen – feels out of place here.

Zach’s Rating: B
Perfect For: Anyone looking for a taste of the Millennium music
Stay Away if: You want the full collection of Groth’s composition

To purchase Music From Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, visit Amazon

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