Clocking in at just over half an hour, the soundtrack for City of Men is no lengthy examination of chords and melodies. The songs average between a minute and a half to two minutes, and though its clear that theres a general vibe throughout, the genre stylings of the songs are varied and diverse.
Beginning with a brief sound clip from the film (entitled Madrugadao No Mar), listeners will already feel the rhythms of Latin America as the dialogue itself seems to flow to an internal beat. This rhythmic tone is immediately augmented by the first musical track Vietnam A Brasileira, a hip-hop infused beat-driven piece that manages to capture the grit and realism of the violence in the film, while also maintaining a level of artistry that is mirrored in the cinematography of the film.
Tracks like O Poligamo feature modernistic moments (like the scratching of a turn-table) combined with an upbeat and quick string instrumentation that carries the piece. Other more percussive tracks, such as Laranjinha E Acerola are almost entirely drum-driven, and reminiscent of African drumming in their complicated and expressive percussiveness. Then there are quieter tracks like Cade O Clayton that falls somewhere in between the two, utilizing elaborate drumbeats and subdued bass guitar riffs.
The closing theme, A Cidade Dos Homens (Corpo Fechado), a solemn duet, throws in elements present throughout the rest of the album, and succeeds in bringing the album to a resonant close. Though thirty minutes isnt the most music ever to be put on a soundtrack, its quality and not quantity that Pinto is going for here, and he pulls it off brilliantly. [co Blogger news network]