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Soundtrack review: Gimme shelter (Olafur Arnalds – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Gimme shelter (Olafur Arnalds – 2014)



“Gimme shelter” is a drama score written by Olafur Arnalds. It made me think of the brilliant “Things we lost in the fire” by Gustavo Santaolalla and Johan Soderquist. It has the same laid back, quiet sound. It is a score that develops very slowly, and I imagine the characters in the movie must be very lonely. There’s not a lot of interaction in the music, all I hear are thoughts and internal monologues. I also hear great music: “What was meant to be” has a violin that echoes like a mermaid’s call. This track is deep and sad and very beautiful. It marks a descent into a deeper sorrow, because the nest cue “Streets” is even more heartbreaking.

“Gimme shelter” slowly weaves a special kind of mood. It’s the kind of score that invites you to sit down, choose a beautiful image to look at or a beautiful park to rest in and just enjoy the moments. There’s nothing loud or demanding in Arnalds’ music, nothing aggressive or that might make you turn the volume down. It is filled with treasures like “And I will hear you”, a violin and piano based cue that will warm your heart and make you drop a deep sigh. What a beautiful track this one is! A gentle and caressing melody which will echo inside you for quite some time. “The apple of my eye” is another cue that deserves a mention for how deep it goes.

With a bearable sadness and a beautiful sound, “Gimme shelter” is well worth a listen. It is a score which will calm you down and let you regroup and put order in your thoughts. It is one of those special compositions that tell you a lot more than you would expect. You just have to listen to them…

Cue rating: 75 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 19 / 32

Album excellence: 60%


What Was Meant To Be


And I Will Hear You

The Apple of my Eye


A new home



Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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