Berberian Sound Studio

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  • Summary: The soundtrack to Berberian Sound Studio, Peter Strickland's homage to Italian horror films, is the final album for Trish Keenan, who passed away in January 2011.
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  1. Feb 1, 2013
    90
    The echoes of previously heard themes, motifs make for a compelling examination of memory and experience as much as for an effective soundtrack.
  2. Jan 22, 2013
    85
    Marked with woe from beginning to end, BerberianSoundStudio is closer to antichrist than Hallelujah, but Broadcast reminds you that divinity is intrinsic with death.
  3. Jan 7, 2013
    80
    Berberian Sound Studio is like a notebook filled with a lost love's handwriting.
  4. Jan 3, 2013
    74
    What prevents Berberian Sound Studio from being a genre exercise is the care taken to paper over the cracks, to find some common ground between droney, Popol Vuh-type material ("Valeria's Burial (Under the Fort)") and more visceral horror soundtrack work (the positively seething "The Game's Up").
  5. 70
    This is an album worth hearing, not least because it will make you want to see the film.
  6. Jan 7, 2013
    70
    Broadcast's soundtrack for Berberian Sound Studio is a triumph not just because it is inescapably aware of itself as a soundtrack but also serves as a fitting epitaph for the band's singularity and vision throughout their all-too-brief career.
  7. The Wire
    Jan 8, 2013
    50
    Here, the 70s simulations, artful enough in their own way, are presented straight. The result, sadly, doesn't evoke 70s Italian Horror; it merely makes one think of already-over-familiar period and genre signifiers. [Jan 2013, p.62]

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