Apparently writing film scores is de rigueur for electronic bands nowadays. First there was Daft Punk’s take on Tron: Legacy, and now on the heels of their 2010 release Further, we have The Chemical Brothers’ score to action flick Hanna. Luckily for filmgoers—and music fans—the Chemical Brothers have found the success that largely eluded Daft Punk.
Hanna opens with the bubbly, lightweight “Hanna’s Theme”, setting an iridescent, child-like tone. That fades into the danceable buzz of “Escape 700”, and here it becomes clear that unlike Daft Punk, the Chemical Brothers managed to maintain their own style and simply adapted it to fit the film. This is as much a Chemical Brothers album as it is a soundtrack, and it’s a good one at that.
Other quality moments arrive on “The Devil is in the Details”, which harkens back to the child-like feel of “Hanna’s Theme”, and the later “The Devil is in the Beats”, which features a similar tempo and theme, but bears a much darker synth imprint and an ominous voice-over. It’s truly amazing the amount of variation the Chemical Brothers can find in one basic idea.
“Marissa Flashback” and the vocal version of “Hanna’s Theme” are quieter and bring to mind the dreamy pieces on Further. “Bahnhof Rumble” and “Car Chase (Arp Worship)” feature the layered beats that the duo is so famous for, making the songs easily recognizable as their work. Even more traditional soundtrack pieces like “Interrogation/ Lonesome Subway/ Grimm’s House” bear the Chemical Brothers’ distinct sound.
Some tracks are pretty, some are ominous and haunting, a few are just plain fun, but all the songs on the Hanna OST are quality electronica from one of the genre’s foremost acts. If the soundtrack is this good, I can’t wait to see the film.