German film composer Marc Streitenfeld (Robin Hood, Prometheus) strikes a perfect balance between terror and melancholy with his score for the Liam Neeson survival vehicle The Grey. Brooding yet terrifically understated, Streitenfeld makes good use of the unforgiving environment, utilizing strings, piano, and harp to evoke the isolation of a small group of plane crash survivors, while craftily ramping up the tension when the protagonists become the quarry of a very smart pack of Grey wolves. Elegant and primal, Streitenfeld's wonderfully atmospheric score never overshadows the images on the screen, but lurks in the background like a true predator.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger