Let the Right One In – soundtrack review
I finally found a second-hand copy of this soundtrack just before Christmas – I had been looking for one for YEARS (not kidding) as it’s not an easy one to buy unless you’re willing to pay mega bucks. Now I was willing to pay mega bucks, but my bank balance wasn’t.
I first realised it was an ‘interesting’ soundtrack when I saw it on Amazon – brand new – for £350. The price has shifted around since then, see below for today’s second-hand prices – but always been fairly high.
High for a fucking compact disc anyway! And certainly higher than is realistically reasonable for music I can listen to on Spotify and YouTube when I have rent to pay.
But still – I really, really wanted it. In fact I LONGED for it. And further investigation on its Wikipedia page showed that only 500 copies of the actual CD were ever released. Like loads of soundtracks it was available in crappy and weird and too-techno-for-me-unless-its-for-my-mobile-ringtone MP3 format but hard copies were alas, limited. Well some of us still live in the stone age (circa 1997) and enjoy buying CDs. Plus I’ve accumulated a pretty cool soundtrack collection by now. And I damn well wanted it.
So in December I was browsing online music shops for soundtracks (like I often do) and low and bloody behold, I spied a second-hand copy (described as being in ‘excellent condition’) for sale for £6.99. I can only assume this particular shop never bothered to check the value and of course I ordered it – if it wasn’t the real thing nothing major lost.
When it arrived I had to make sure it was real, but everything checked out. Gosh, will you listen to me! I’m saying that like I’m some kind of ‘expert’ antiques dealer on the History channel – of course really I have no idea what I’m talking about but I managed to look up its bar code, which confirmed it as being a ‘high value’ CD and the inlay and disc itself were printed with details of MovieScore Media – the production company that eventually released the 500 limited copies. It does look good, right?
Yay! So now I’ve droned on about my exciting time purchasing a CD, I can get to the real nitty gritty – the music. Oh wouldn’t that be nice, if I talked about the music?
Swedish composer Johan Söderqvist wrote the score and it’s performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. Weirdly both had collaborated before on the other Swedish vampire film Frostbiten – it’s kind of like 30 Days of Night, but funny.
Now it must be said that much of this soundtrack is rather bleak sounding but at the same time, it’s so genuinely beautiful that it’s hard to think of it as ‘sad’ music. It’s not uplifting but it’s……what’s that word people use? Achingly – I think that’s it. It’s not uplifting but it’s achingly lovely. Melancholy perhaps. But that non-threatening stage of melancholy we all secretly enjoy.
There is certainly hope in the music – but darkness too. And let’s remember this was written for a horror movie and I’m happy to report that among all the sadness and all the beauty, there are also genuinely frightful scores as well, which – if alone at home without many lights on – are quite scary to listen to.
For example, the track ‘Virginia in Flames’ (ouch) has a very dark and disturbing sound to it. It’s honestly quite scary to listen to – which is perfect, given the nature of the scene. And then there are tracks such as ‘Death of Håkan’ which aren’t as flat out scary sounding, but are very eerie and atmospheric. Spooky.
But my favourite track is (and always has been) ‘Eli’s Theme’. This was the first score from the movie I ever listened to outside of the movie.
It’s sooo very pretty – heartbreaking of course but full of hope and dare I say, some romance. A gorgeous and lovely score which surely has to be written from Oskar’s point of view – and by that I mean it’s not scary in the slightest. Just like Eli.
And the best thing is there are variations of Eli’s Theme throughout the whole film (or album – whatever way you want to look at it). Choosing the same approach as many other composers, Söderqvist has written his real theme of the movie in this one track – and the rest is built around it.
So, anyway, I will leave you with a thought from the said man himself – Johan Söderqvist. I’ve wittered on for quite long enough. Cool I own it though, right?
Bargain! You need to jump up and click the heels together when this type of deal comes along!
I will sooooo do that next time!!
Thanks J 🙂
I suddenly need to see the hell out of this movie.
Yes you do!! 🙂
Fucking SCORE!!!!! I was just looking and thinking those prices are outrageous, then saw that only 500 copies were made. Check you out lady! I am sure you are going to enjoy the hell out of it!
Thanks Zoe!!!! I love that “fucking SCORE!!!!!” 🙂 A score of a score lol.
How are you?
I was so pleased when I saw it, double take time! I would never have paid those other prices, I just got a right result! Thanks 🙂
xD So much scoring going on there hahahaha.
I am alright thanks, how are you?
Patience… and really wanting something. It can pay off!
I’m doing okay thanks Zoe 🙂 glad you’re all good!
Definitely!! It’s kind of fun as well, it’s a little mission 🙂 I always search charity shops as well!
I love it when you do posts like this Ems, because except fora few instances I don’t pay enough attention to the music. But it really is an integral part of the movie isn’t it? I LOVE Eli’ s theme. It’s truly haunting.
Thanks so much dear Kims! ❤
I don't always pay attention either I must admit 🙂 sometimes it really jumps out at me but other times I can't really remember the music.
It's a great theme isn't it!! So lovely, so glad you like it dear Kims.
That’s awesome, what an great find! Loved the score for this one, too. Have you listened to any of the Crimson Peak score yet? I bet you’ll really like that one (if you haven’t heard it already)!
Thanks Ryan! I was pretty pleased 🙂
I haven’t seen Crimson Peak yet let alone heard the soundtrack 😦 boo! Looks like you’re alerting my attention yet again! 🙂 I’ll look it up. Thanks!
Oh, man. I looooved Crimson Peak. I thought it was unfairly criticized. It’s such a gorgeous and haunting movie from Del Toro and the soundtrack is A+.
I love the Pan’s Lab soundtrack, I wonder if it’s the same composer. I will defo watch Crimson Peak when it’s on Netflix or similar 🙂 I heard some good reviews! As well as yours.
It sounds really atmospheric and spooky.
And I love me some atmospheric.
You do 🙂
I was surprised that only 500 copies were ever made, and your dealer sure took his eye off the ball with your one, Em.
I have a confession though, as usual. I have this film on DVD, and loved its bleakness, and the wonderful performances from the young cast. However, I couldn’t recall a moment of the music, and would never have thought of owning the soundtrack. (Then again, I have no soundtracks at all…) You are definitely the Queen of Soundtracks, (and perhaps of Essex too) and I am with you on CD ownership. Downloads have no nice boxes, no inserts to read, and no decent photographs or graphics to look at. Who needs them!
As ever, Pete. xx
Aww Pete! What a lovely comment, truly made me smile! Queen of Essex! Hahaha!
I’m glad you agree re the CD ownership 🙂 and technically they SHOULD last forever so what’s the problem?!! I don’t mind Spotify for at work etc but any album I love, I must buy! On CD!
I knew you’d love this film, you have great taste. I’m not sure I really noticed the music either in all honesty but for some reason I started listening to Eli’s Theme on youtube and loved that, then I started looking for the CD and found it was expensive etc, the rest is history!
My next planned soundtrack review is for a score I definitely noticed whilst watching the film 🙂
Hope you’re well?
Love, Wobbly Jiggy Em
All good here thanks, and the sun has even been out today! xx
It certainly was a lovely day! More grim today though, boo! xx
Wow! That was a steal. I also live in the stone age and am a proud member of the club that still has a ton of cds and still burn a few now and then too.
A deal, a steal, sale of the f*cking century! 🙂 Thanks Geoff.
Yep, I’ll never get my head round MP3s. I like buying CDs!! I enjoy Spotify for easy listening but that’s as far as my ‘modern music listening’ takes me. And yes I do burn a few for the car 🙂
I have an mp3 player for when I am at work, but at home I still pop in a disc every now and then and I have more than one stereo to play them on.
The same as me! Well I use Spotify on my phone. But I still love CDs man! 🙂 🙂
oh wow, only 500 copies ever made? That’s insane! (But I’m glad you got your hands on a copy), I know the thrill of hunting down a particular soundtrack 🙂 That’s awesome!!
I know!! Thanks for your excitement too, it means a lot 🙂
I only found out fairly recently about the 500 copies, it certainly made me want it more 🙂
It’s fun searching isn’t it! Even if it takes years. What are your favourites? 🙂
mine are my Star Trek soundtracks, my Disney soundtracks (especially Beauty and the Beast) and especially my remastered disc set for Quo Vadis (one of the first Biblical epics from the 1950s). My “holy grail” though would have to be Horner’s soundtrack for Krull, a hard copy of that one is near impossible to get your hands on.
What a lovely selection 🙂 I’m very partial to my The Little Mermaid soundtrack too!
I love these ‘holy grail’ soundtracks!!! One of my favourite ever movie scores was from the 2007 film Sunshine (written by John Murphy). The soundtrack was NEVER released, not even as MP3! I think like two tracks were, the main score and another one but meh. I still look for that every now and again, sure they’ll release it one day!
I’m not sure if this is any good? Are you in the UK or? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Krull-Original-Soundtrack-James-Horner/dp/B0044PQFZG
I actually live in the U.S., but the price appears to be about the same as it is here (thankfully I can find my favorite tracks from the film online). Isn’t Sunshine the film where they have to shoot a nuclear weapon into the Sun to “restart” it? I liked that movie and the music, it drives me crazy when a good score isn’t released.
It’s a lot of money isn’t it. Hard to justify. But does make it even more fun searching and searching 🙂 one day you’ll find it for a modest sum on Ebay 🙂
Yes that’s the movie!! It’s one of my favourite ever films and as ridiculous as it sounds, the score has a lot to do with that. It’s an odd film in a lot of ways but the music made me notice it and watch it again. The music is so beautiful, it makes me feel…..incredible when I listen to it 🙂
that’s the power of film music 🙂 it can make an otherwise average film into something spectacular 🙂
It certainly can! It can really, really make it. I only ever watched Once Upon a Time in the West because I heard the harmonica music 🙂
that is awesome!
Just like that score!! 🙂
Wow!!! A true rarity! In my world we call these “Holy grail” items. I still need many to get. A copy of Iron Maiden’s Best of the Beast on vinyl for under $300 would be nice.
Aaron over at the Keepsmealive.wordpress.com Site maintains a list for bloggers to look for Holy grail items such as this. You should check it out! Cheers!
Thank you so much Mike!!! It is certainly a “Holy grail” item, I like that very much 🙂
I’ll check out Aaron’s list, thanks Mike. And I promise if I ever stumble over a (cheap!) copy of Best of Beast I’d get it for you!! 🙂
Why thank you! I wish I had bought it when it was brand new, I think it was still expensive (about $150). But now the prices are ridiculous, for copies that aren’t even in good shape. BAH!
But congratulations on your CD, that’s the kind of story that I have basically built a blog around. LOL!
BAH indeed! You never know when you’ll get lucky though, all part of the fun!
Thanks so much 🙂 and for your enthusiasm, means a lot!!
Well Emma I’m a collector and also lover of physical audio media. I’ve ranted about downloads many times — gimme a CD!
Oh — meant to tell you. Look for my next American Dad review tomorrow. Brand new episode — special musical guest star this week.
Yay!! I love your American Dad reviews 🙂 I’ll be over in a bit. Hmm, speical musical guest star? Jim James? Lol.
I am always pleased to be friends with a fellow collection 🙂
We should form a support group for collectors!