Gangs of New York 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… 2002-12-17 Various Artists Soundtracks
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Gangs of New York (2002)

Bono | MAN IN BLACK Bono's in a ''New York'' state of mind
Image credit: Bono: Garrett Brennan/Camera Press/Retna
MAN IN BLACK Bono's in a ''New York'' state of mind

Details Release Date: Dec 17, 2002; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: Soundtracks

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.

Originally posted Jan 13, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints