Tron: Legacy Soundtrack10.12.10 # Soundtrack # 8 Comments
The Tron: Legacy soundtrack. If there is one thing which I enjoy doing to try and fill the black and empty abyss that is my free time then it is imagining movies I would like to see made. And if there’s one particular type of movie I would like to see made which I enjoy imagining about when I am attempting to fill the black and empty abyss that is my free time then it is movies where my star plays multiple characters. You know the kind of thing, a Rocky vs. Rambo movie, or a remake of Collateral with Travis Bickle as the cab driver and Jimmy Conway as the gun-toting fare. Or the ultimate: Threegal, in which Steven Seagal is cloned twice in order that he can devote the kind of attention to playing blues guitar, saving the baby seals and marketing his Lightning Bolt energy beverage that such a trio of equivalently noble callings deserve.
Something of this variety, albeit perhaps not as dizzyingly exciting as that latter conception, comes to pass in Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy, where Jeff Bridges is pitted against a version of himself who has passed through the special effects fountain of youth. Those wrinkles and eye-bags have been digitally scrubbed in order that Bridges be reshaped into a form resembling how he looked 28-years ago in the original Tron, and this use of 21st century tech in order to hark back to the ’80s is reflected on the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy. Composed and performed by French dance duo Daft Punk, it is a masterly retro-future confection, an epic sci-fi symphony imagined from a past-point back when computer processors had all the chug of a dormouse’s fart. Sneaking in right at the end of the 2010, this is quite probably the best mega-budget blockbuster soundtrack of the whole year, leapfrogging Hans Zimmer’s Inception at the eleventh hour.
Daft Punk’s foremost accomplishment is to construct a soundtrack that both works as a coherent whole and also has individual moments of dazzling brilliance. Although good as many of the tracks are, some on the first half of the collection do pass by frustratingly swiftly. For example, the synth lattice of Son of Flynn or the understated John Carpenter cool of Armory are like guests leaving the dinner party before the main course has been served, so ludicrously briefly do they hang around. If there’s a grumble to be had about the Tron: Legacy soundtrack it’s that the French pair behind it could have perhaps explored the themes they touch upon at greater length. But then again, they have got so many tip-top ideas to whip through, you can forgive them for sometimes rushing by at light-bike pace.
There is an effective half-time break, the proceedings going mellow with the strings of Adagio for Tron. This is a temporary lull however, as the dancefloor pump is cranked right up with End of Line and, in particular, the spiralling frenzy of Derezzed. And the latter stages of the soundtrack are as adroitly balanced as what has come before, with more reflective tracks such as Solar Sailer offset by the intensity embodied in the end titles theme.
Tron Legacy Soundtrack (Songs) – Track List
1. Overture – Daft Punk (2:28)
2. The Grid – Daft Punk (1:36)
3. The Son of Flynn – Daft Punk (1:35)
4. Recognizer – Daft Punk (2:37)
5. Armory – Daft Punk (2:03)
6. Arena – Daft Punk (1:33)
7. Rinzler – Daft Punk (2:17)
8. The Game Has Changed – Daft Punk (3:25)
9. Outlands – Daft Punk (2:42)
10. Adagio For Tron – Daft Punk (4:11)
11. Nocturne – Daft Punk (1:41)
12. End of Line – Daft Punk (2:36)
13. Derezzed – Daft Punk (1:44)
14. Fall – Daft Punk (1:22)
15. Solar Sailer – Daft Punk (2:42)
16. Rectifier – Daft Punk (2:14)
17. Disc Wars – Daft Punk (4:11)
18. C.L.U. – Daft Punk (4:39)
19. Arrival – Daft Punk (2:00)
20. Flynn Lives – Daft Punk (3:22)
21. Tron Legacy (End Titles) – Daft Punk (3:17)
22. Finale – Daft Punk (4:22)
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