Sin City (soundtrack)

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Sin City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released March 29, 2005
Genre Soundtrack
Length 58:14
Label Varèse Sarabande
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1] 4/5 stars [2]
SoundtrackNet 4/5 stars [3]

Sin City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the 2005 film Sin City. It features music composed by Robert Rodriguez, John Debney and Graeme Revell, performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony, as well as the orchestral track "Sensemayá" from Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas and the electronica piece "Absurd" by Fluke.

Composers' approach[edit]

Because the film is based on different comic book stories (written by Frank Miller), each composer was assigned to score a different story. Revell scored the music to The Hard Goodbye (Rodriguez co-scored for tracks four, six and eight); Debney scored The Big Fat Kill (Rodriguez co-scored tracks eleven and twelve); Rodriguez scored That Yellow Bastard as well as the opening credits sequence and the first track in the end credits.

Miscellaneous music[edit]

The song featured in the trailers and television spots was an instrumental version of the song "Cells" by The Servant and briefly appeared in the movie as a sample.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Sin City (Rodriguez)
  2. One Hour to Go (Rodriguez)
  3. Goldie's Dead (Revell)
  4. Marv (Revell/Rodriguez)
  5. Bury the Hatchet (Revell)
  6. Old Town Girls (Revell/Rodriguez)
  7. The Hard Goodbye (Revell)
  8. Cardinal Sin (Revell/Rodriguez)
  9. Her Name is Goldie (Revell)
  10. Dwight (Debney)
  11. Old Town (Debney/Rodriguez)
  12. Deadly Little Miho (Debney/Rodriguez)
  13. Warrior Woman (Debney)
  14. Tar Pit (Debney)
  15. Jackie Boy's Head (Debney)
  16. The Big Fat Kill (Debney)
  17. Nancy (Rodriguez)
  18. Prison Cell (Rodriguez)
  19. Absurd (Fluke)
  20. Kiss of Death (Rodriguez)
  21. That Yellow Bastard (Rodriguez)
  22. Hartigan (Rodriguez)
  23. Sensemaya (Revueltas)
  24. Sin City End Titles (Rodriguez)


  • Executive Producer: Robert Townson
  • Conducted by John Debney
  • Score Recorded and Mixed by Alan Meyerson
  • Additional Conducting: Bruce Babcock
  • Electronic Score Engineer: Wolfgang Amadeus
  • Music Score Coordinator: Lola Debney
  • Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
  • Package Design by Matthew Joseph Peak / SoundChaser Studios


Jerry McCulley of says, "While their largely synth-driven cues tend naturally towards brooding atmospheric soundscapes, their tense electro-rhythms are seasoned with bracing doses of sinewy, sensual sax and dotted with the occasional bongo flourish, details that musically evoke both a shadowy humanity and the film's genre-savvy roots."

Mike Brennan of SoundtrackNet gives it four stars saying, "While each composer brings a different style and feel to the film, the rough saxophone and sorrowful trumpet and vocal solos maintain a soundscape that keeps the film one entity rather than three separate stories. Behind a groundbreaking visual piece is also a unique musical journey that truly takes the listener into the world of Sin City."

Christian Clemmensen of said, "Sin City is a decent score with an excellent rendering. No single element will blow you away (other than that final Debney cue), but its whole is surprisingly organic and pulpy."


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