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Jonny Greenwood

Bodysong Score (Capitol)

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The U.K. documentary Bodysong is the visual equivalent of Radiohead's last few records: A Guardian review described the film as a "free-form collage of images" that "strive to evoke a poetry of the human body with ideas about birth, death, sex, violence, and dreams." Naturally, Jonny Greenwood -- Radiohead's lead guitarist and sound manipulator of its chaos theories -- scores Bodysong with instrumentals perfectly encapsulating its hodgepodge style.

Alarmed squawks from saxophones and trumpets drive the fussy free jazz of "Splitter," short-circuiting electronic sparks and guest Colin Greenwood's bass blotches perforate the ominous "24 Hour Charleston," and "Bode Radio/Glass Light/Broken Hearts" jumps seamlessly from Enoesque synth ambiance to strings resembling a tragic silent-film score. With no lyrics distracting from the music, Bodysong resembles a purer form of Kid A in the way its sparse structures provoke intense visceral reactions. Like every successful score, Bodysong intrigues even outside of the theater.

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