Hans Zimmer

Matchstick Men [Original Score]

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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger

Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer delivers an effervescent drink of a score for the Warner Bros. heist flick Matchstick Men. Taking a cue from Amelie scribe Yann Tiersen, Zimmer gives the melody to the accordion, creating a playful sense of place for Nicholas Cage's obsessive-compulsive con man to twitch and fidget in. The main theme sounds like a lounge version of Ennio Morricone's Once Upon a Time in the West score, replete with whistling and odd percussion, and the frantic "Tuna Fish and Cigarettes pulses with techno wizardry. Zimmer completes his portion of the work with the lush "Banker's Waltz," a gorgeous old-style Hollywood orchestral piece that shimmers with Tinsel Town excess. Also included are choice selections from Bobby Darin, George Formby, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, and garage sale vinyl king Mantovani & His Orchestra.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Hans Zimmer feat: Bobby Darin 02:23 Amazon
2 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 00:12 Amazon
3 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
4 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:09 Amazon
5 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 06:42 Amazon
6 Hans Zimmer feat: Herb Alpert 02:14 Amazon
7 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
8 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 01:06 Amazon
9 Hans Zimmer feat: Mantovani Orchestra 02:37 Amazon
10 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 01:24 Amazon
11 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
12 Hans Zimmer feat: George Formby 03:00 Amazon
13 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 00:54 Amazon
14 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:07 Amazon
15 Hans Zimmer feat: Mantovani Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
16 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:04 Amazon
17 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:26 Amazon
18 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:55 Amazon
19 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 01:55 Amazon
20 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 04:39 Amazon
21 Hans Zimmer feat: Herb Alpert 02:05 Amazon
22 Hans Zimmer feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
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