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  • Summary: The ninth soundtrack from the Radiohead guitarist is his fourth for a Paul Thomas Anderson film.
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  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Genre(s): Classical, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Film Score, Original Score
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2018
    The result is an album that goes far beyond emulation or pastiche to capture the emotional heart of a strange and elusive film, soaring from rapturous highs to quiet, introspective lows, vital romantic life undercut by a melancholy twilight sadness. [Apr 2018, p.89]
  2. Feb 5, 2018
    Phantom Thread is voyeurism, the eyes of an auteur burned onto rare old film stock, and needing of a soundtrack to dance along with it through the ballroom of imagination. Jonny Greenwood was equal to the task with musical accompaniment that doesn't just take your breath away, it steals it, leaving you gasping in reverence.
  3. Feb 5, 2018
    Greenwood’s previous PTA scores provided feral atmosphere first and foremost, or in Inherent Vice’s case, a convex take on classic Hollywood film noir incidental music. Phantom Thread’s score, on the other hand, feels like another main character or storytelling voice in the film. Greenwood’s abilities have never served one of Anderson’s films better, or proved so integral to its power.
  4. Feb 5, 2018
    There is much to enjoy here and if you have the slightest interest in contemporary classical music or you’re a soundtrack buff, give this a whirl. Jonny Greenwood may be one of those scruffy oiks in a pop group, but he’s proved once again that there is an incredibly musical mind under the haircut.
  5. Q Magazine
    Feb 13, 2018
    The result is uniformly deft, sumptuous and moving. [Apr 2018, p.110]
  6. Uncut
    Feb 16, 2018
    His most classically minded, complementing the film's setting with its own opulent old=world beauty. [Apr 2018, p.27]
  7. Feb 5, 2018
    As a standalone suite of songs, like a tuxedo you only dust off every now and then, it is beautiful, but only appropriate when the occasion demands it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 1, 2020
    Masterpiece. One of the best soundtracks ever made. But also, considered just as a modern classical music album, pure beauty.
  2. Oct 1, 2019
    This score is another great one from Jonny Greenwood. Separating the frenetic notes into various pieces you can use each thread to understandThis score is another great one from Jonny Greenwood. Separating the frenetic notes into various pieces you can use each thread to understand various bits about the character. Expand