Sprawling, schizophrenic, and intermittently brilliant, the Gangs of New York soundtrack aims to be, quite literally, the sound of the American immigrant experience. So you get, among other things, funk-Irish fusion, field recordings of early black musicians, fife and drums bands, Chinese opera – plus Tuvan throat singing and U2, whose ”The Hands That Built America” fits marginally better here than in the film. For all the ambition, the straight-up Irish reels and snippets of Howard Shore’s orchestral score work best.
(Bono: Garrett Brennan/Camera Press/Retna)
Genre: Soundtracks; Lead Performer: Various Artists; Producer (group): Interscope; Status: In Season
Posted January 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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