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Thursday 18 January 2018

Jonny Greenwood, Inherent Vice OST

Jonny Greenwood Inherent Vice OST cover
Jonny Greenwood Inherent Vice OST cover
John Meagher

John Meagher

Jonny Greenwood, Inherent Vice OST (Nonesuch) Paul Thomas Anderson is a giant of contemporary American cinema and his latest offering has baffled some critics, at least one who’s quipped that viewers should smoke illicit substances to fully appreciate the film.


Its score is a far less taxing affair and it finds Anderson turning once more to the talents of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. It’s their third collaboration together and one which is cementing Greenwood’s standing as a left-of-centre go-to soundtrack composer.

From richly orchestrated material that stands proudly as a purely aural experience to delicate, sometimes playful, fragmentary compositions possibly best appreciated in the film, there’s much to enjoy throughout. 

Radiohead obsessives will be intrigued to hear ‘Spooks’ – a song that has hitherto only existed in the odd live show from the band. It’s performed by Supergrass’s Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey and features a spoken-worded segment from that divisive figure of contemporary American song, Joanna Newsom.

The eclectic soundtrack also features Neil Young, Minnie Ripperton and Can.

Key tracks: ‘Spooks’; ‘Shasta Fay’


Read John Meagher's column on Jonny Greenwood: Rock: In praise of Radiohead's movie music maestro

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