Original score composed by Hans Zimmer.
Composer: Hans Zimmer .
Personnel: Hans Zimmer (piano, organ); James OLeary (vocals, rap vocals); Jennifer Nash (vocals); Bruce Fowler (whistling, trombone); Rick Riccio (whistling); Heitor Teixeira Pereira (guitar, typewriter); Irina Voloshina, Anatoly Rosinsky, Robin Olson, Aimee Kreston, Ana Landauer, Helen Nightengale, Laurence Greenfield, Ken Yerke, Ronald Folsom, Phillip Levy , Ishani Bhoola, Yu Tong Sharp, Jeanne Evans, Julian Hallmark, Sungil Lee, Andrew Graybill, Jennifer Gordon Levin, Galina Golovin, Claire Jeanne Martin, Eric J. Hosler, Kevin Connolly , Julie Gigante, Clayton Haslop, Sarah Thornblade, Shalini Vijayan, Armen Anassian, Marina Manukian, Dimitrie Leivici, Rafael Rishik, Charlie Bisharat (violin); Dan Neufeld, Karen Van Sant, Karie Prescott, John Hayhurst, Rick Gerding, Steve Gordon, Keith Greene, Jennie Hansen, Simon Oswell, Dave Walther , Evan Wilson, Piotr Jandula, Denyse Buffum (viola); Dan Higgins (flute, saxophone); Greg Huckins, Jim Walker , Steve Kujala (flute); Frank Marocco (accordion); Bob Shepherd (clarinet, saxophone); James Kanter, Bill Liston (clarinet); Phillip D. Feather, Leslie Reed, Barbara Northcutt (oboe); John Mitchell , John Steinmetz, Judith Farmer (bassoon); Joel Peskin (saxophone); Kurt McGettrick (baritone saxophone); Rick Baptist (trumpet); Robert Sanders, Bruce Otto (trombone); Fred W. Greene (tuba); Daniel Kelley , David Duke , James Thatcher, Brian D. O'Connor, Kurt Snyder (horns); Emil Richard (vibraphone, marimba); Satnam Ramgotra (drums); Michael Fisher (percussion); Geoff Zanelli, James Dooley (programming).
Liner Note Author: Dody Dorn.
Recording information: Media Ventures; Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, CA.
Arrangers: Geoff Zanelli; Hans Zimmer ; James Dooley .
Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer delivers an effervescent drink of a score for the Warner Bros. heist flick Matchstick Men. Taking a cue from Amelie scribe Yann Tiersen, Zimmer gives the melody to the accordion, creating a playful sense of place for Nicholas Cage's obsessive-compulsive con man to twitch and fidget in. The main theme sounds like a lounge version of Ennio Morricone's Once Upon a Time in the West score, replete with whistling and odd percussion, and the frantic "Tuna Fish and Cigarettes pulses with techno wizardry. Zimmer completes his portion of the work with the lush "Banker's Waltz," a gorgeous old-style Hollywood orchestral piece that shimmers with Tinsel Town excess. Also included are choice selections from Bobby Darin, George Formby, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, and garage sale vinyl king Mantovani & His Orchestra. ~ James Christopher Monger