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  • Summary: The 16-track release features songs from the film adaptation of Paolo Giordano's novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers, as well as songs that were not used in the film.
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  • Record Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • Genre(s): Avant-Garde, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Film Music, Modern Composition, Original Score
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  1. The Wire
    Dec 8, 2011
    Transcending its function as a score, this music works as a collection of instrumental vignettes, individual yet circular in structure. [Nov 2011, p.64]
  2. Nov 28, 2011
    The Solitude of Prime Numbers is one of the most unique conceptual soundtracks to come around in awhile, and in its short running time manages to span a wide range of musical emotion.
  3. 70
    It is at once as haunting and dreamy as it is harsh and calculating.
  4. Nov 28, 2011
    The Solitude of Prime Numbers is not only unique to his catalog, it is a singular work that testifies to his growth not only as a composer and recording artist but as a conceptual one, whose expansive vision has evolved to include discipline and refinement as well as ambition.
  5. Feb 24, 2012
    For the uninvested outsider (neither lover nor hater), it's distinctively spooky background music with a few satisfyingly jarring surprises, nothing to get terribly worked up about. For Patton's large army of obsessive pupils, it's an essential document of the Master at his most conceptually obsessive.
  6. Kerrang!
    Feb 29, 2012
    Separated from the narrative and visuals it's designed around, the music emanates an isolated, dissociated air, but that only adds to its jarring overall effect. [3 Dec 2012, p.52]
  7. Nov 28, 2011
    Mike Patton's The Solitude of Prime Numbers stands for the most part as a collection of missed opportunities, which ironically is its triumph.