Apparently writing film scores is de rigueur for electronic bands nowadays. First there was Daft Punks 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 filmgoersand music fansthe Chemical Brothers have found the success that largely eluded Daft Punk.
Hanna opens with the bubbly, lightweight Hannas 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 its 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 Hannas 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. Its truly amazing the amount of variation the Chemical Brothers can find in one basic idea.
Marissa Flashback and the vocal version of Hannas 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/ Grimms 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 genres foremost acts. If the soundtrack is this good, I cant wait to see the film.