We Own the NightStarting off promisingly with Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” the soundtrack for We Own the Night immediately evokes a dark ’80s nightclub vibe. But with the inclusion of a second Blondie song (the painfully rhymed “Rapture), a few Louis Prima jazz tunes and then a sharp veer into Latin dance music and Wojciech Kilar’s brooding score, this soundtrack begins the identity crisis that makes it difficult to comprehend as a collective whole.

While each song is enjoyable on its own and the soundtrack offers quality songs from varied genres, the coherency of popular soundtracks like Garden State and O, Brother Where Art Thou? is decidedly absent. Listening to these 11 songs is comparable to hitting shuffle on an eclectic Ipod and throwing the songs together as an album. The only throughline is a general sense of nightclubs, Latin dance and a vague notion of the late ’80s.

The decision to include Wojciech Kilar’s score in addition to the soundtrack songs on the album makes for an even more diverse musical experience. Unlike the almost unwaveringly upbeat and swinging music from the first half of the soundtrack, Kilar’s score invokes a sense of desperation and depression that, while well-done, feels a bit out of place after the bumping excitement showcased earlier. Kilar (well-known for his work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula) makes use of contemplative strings and a few percussives to orchestrate the film’s mood, but the included tracks only clock in at just around 23 minutes. Perhaps if there was more score, a separate album could be released showcasing Kilar’s contributions in a more appropriate manner. Overall, this isn’t a bad soundtrack, it just suffers from a lack of organization.

Zach’s Rating: C
Perfect For: Importing to Itunes and shuffling in with the rest of your songs
Stay Away if: You look for a general theme or mood in a soundtrack

To purchase the We Own the Night Soundtrack, visit Amazon

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