Rolling Stone - 3/4/04, p.643 stars out of 5
- "Greenwood's rigorously experimental but accessibly atmospheric score suggests [an instrumental] KID A and AMNESIAC...with eerie string and noisy jazz ensembles..."
Spin - 3/04, p.96
"[I]t's a perfect woozy blend of orchestral ambience and studio geekery." - Grade: B
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Original score composed by Jonny Greenwood.
Personnel: Julian Aravelles (saxophone); Gerald Presencer (trumpet); Colin Greenwood (bass, programming); Jeremy Brown (bass); Gene Calderazzo (drums); The Emperor Quartert.
The varied sounds of Jonny Greenwood's score for the British documentary Bodysong will come as no surprise to hyper-attentive fans of Radiohead, whether they've devoured every interview with the multi-instrumentalist or have studied every detail of his contributions to that band. Each of these pieces was written and produced by Greenwood, with assistance from Radiohead engineer Graeme Stewart. A string quartet is present on four tracks, drums and horns factor in on two tracks filled with nervous energy, and brother/bandmate Colin Greenwood provides bass on another. Everything else -- a wide assortment of instruments, including electronics -- is handled by the composer. When separated from the film, the music remains a compelling listen. From track to track, the tempos and emotions jerk back and forth with unpredictable unease. Sounds dart as often as they drift, but there's a peculiar linearity at play that keeps the ears hanging on every note. ~ Andy Kellman