Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" First Look At 'The Dying Of The Light,' Paul Schrader Quits Film Over What Nicolas Winding Refn Calls "Artistic Disrespect" First Look At 'The Dying Of The Light,' Paul Schrader Quits Film Over What Nicolas Winding Refn Calls "Artistic Disrespect" New Images From 'Interstellar' Arrive, Christopher Nolan Says The Film Is A "Mirror" Of 'Inception' New Images From 'Interstellar' Arrive, Christopher Nolan Says The Film Is A "Mirror" Of 'Inception' Watch: New Trailer For ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton Star Watch: New Trailer For ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton Star Chilly New Banner For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Explores A Cold New World Chilly New Banner For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Explores A Cold New World 15 Films That Failed To Hit The 2014 Fall Festival Circuit 15 Films That Failed To Hit The 2014 Fall Festival Circuit Watch: Steven Soderbergh Re-Scores And Changes Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' To Black-And-White Watch: Steven Soderbergh Re-Scores And Changes Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' To Black-And-White Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack First, Mostly Rave Reviews Arrive For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' First, Mostly Rave Reviews Arrive For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Mychael Danna's Rousing 'Moneyball' Score Feat. This Will Destroy You & A Lenka Song Is A Big Winner

The Playlist By The Playlist | The Playlist September 23, 2011 at 7:33AM

Discussing soundtracks, especially scores can be, in some instances, sort of dull. It's easy to confabulate when a pop or rock figure like Trent Reznor ("The Social Network"), Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead ("There Will Be Blood") or Karen O & The Kids ("Where The Wild Things Are"), but aside from Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Jon Brion and maybe John Murphy known for his great collaborations with Danny Boyle, there are very few "superstar" composers that mainstream audiences appreciate or generally want to read about. For example, Alberto Iglesias (known for his work with Pedro Almodovar) is probably, aside from Alexander Desplat, one of the greatest living composers on the planet right now, but not that many spend time spilling ink over his work. In our minds, Abel Korzeniowski ("A Single Man") is certainly a composer to watch, but can anyone hum one of his works?
9

Discussing soundtracks, especially scores can be, in some instances, sort of dull. It's easy to confabulate when a pop or rock figure like Trent Reznor ("The Social Network"), Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead ("There Will Be Blood") or Karen O & The Kids ("Where The Wild Things Are"), but aside from Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Jon Brion and maybe John Murphy known for his great collaborations with Danny Boyle, there are very few "superstar" composers that mainstream audiences appreciate or generally want to read about. For example, Alberto Iglesias (known for his work with Pedro Almodovar) is probably, aside from Alexander Desplat, one of the greatest living composers on the planet right now, but not that many spend time spilling ink over his work. In our minds, Abel Korzeniowski ("A Single Man") is certainly a composer to watch, but can anyone hum one of his works?

In short, score work isn't always easy to write about, admittedly isn't that sexy a topic and therefore sometimes fall by the wayside (it's easy to understand why this site has shied away from that topic*). This is the long way of saying, you know what score is really great, arguably Oscar-worthy and one of the finer scores of the year? Mychael Danna's subtle, moving and then rousing score to Bennett Miller's excellent baseball drama, "Moneyball." A patient, soulful and slow-burning picture that's reminiscent of a 1970s Robert Redford film, Dynna's score can be described in similar terms. Known for often working with his brother and fellow composer Jeff Danna, Mychael is also regarded for his score work on "Capote," "Little Miss Sunshine" -- he co-wrote the now, rather well-known theme of the film with indie-rockers DeVotchKa -- "(500) Days of Summer," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and Ang Lee's upcoming "Life Of Pi."

Three pieces in particular are fabulous, the thematically tied "Coaching," "It's a Process" and "More," a mini-suite that builds and builds in a wonderfully encouraging and anthemic manner. Like the film, the score is really inspirational, but within the picture, it's often used as quiet emotional background texture; it's an effective, moody work, but it's not necessarily a really showy or noticeable score either. There are also two key songs in the film: Lenka's "The Show," performed by Kerris Dorsey who plays Brad Pitt's daughter in the picture and an atmospheric post-rock instrumental track by This Will Destroy You called, "The Mighty Rio Grande," that you'll instantly recognize as its been used in the trailers and admittedly does a lot of the heavy emotional lifting in "Moneyball" and is arguably just as important as Danna's score as well.

Anyhow, this is obviously a score we fully endorse and we hope come Oscar time it gets recognized. Available digitally from Madison Gate Records now, the 23-track soundtrack is worth your $7.99 on Amazon.

"Moneyball" Soundtrack Tracklisting

1. One Out Away- Mychael Danna
2. A Little Bit of Faith - Mychael Danna
3. Spring Training - Mychael Danna
4. Big League - Mychael Danna
5. Opening Day - Mychael Danna
6. Losing Streak - Mychael Danna
7. Can't Miss Prospect - Mychael Danna
8. Time Tested Intangibles - Mychael Danna
9. Is Losing Fun? - Mychael Danna
10. Coaching - Mychael Danna
11. It's a Process 0 Mychael Danna
12. More - Mychael Danna
13. The Streak - Mychael Danna
14. Turn Around - Mychael Danna
15. Old Ground - Mychael Danna
16. Hattie - Mychael Danna
17. Game 5 - Mychael Danna
18. Fenway - Mychael Danna
19. The Offer - Mychael Danna
20. Oakland - Mychael Danna
21. On Its Head - Mychael Danna
22. The Show - Kerris Dorsey
23. "The Mighty Rio Grande" -- This Will Destroy You

Samples of the soundtrack below, plus a few embed below.


*the bigger reason is we just didn't want to pigeonhole ourselves into one topic.

This article is related to: Films, Composers, Bennett Miller, Sports Films, Mychael Danna, Moneyball


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates