Andrew Cooper
Bryant Manning
February 17, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

Shutter Island: Music from the Motion Picture

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Classical, Soundtracks

We gave it an A

Horror movies depend on clichés, and borrowing from the avant-garde to spook up the soundtrack is Film Music 101. But in Shutter Island, when The Band’s Robbie Robertson personally selects from the output of Krzysztof Penderecki, Giacinto Scelsi, György Ligeti, and Morton Feldman, there’s something fresh about it. And as with most Scorsese period dramas, there’s a fine use of Americana, particularly a fragrant ballad from Johnnie Ray and a stinging number from Lonnie Johnson that will crumble your heart. A

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