Sherlock Holmes (soundtrack)

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Sherlock Holmes: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sherlock Holmes Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer
Released 12 January 2010 (2010-01-12)
Genre Film score
Length 52:29
Label Watertower Music
Producer Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
Hans Zimmer chronology
Angels & Demons
(2009)Angels & Demons2009
Sherlock Holmes
It's Complicated
(2009)It's Complicated2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars
Empire 4/5 stars
Filmtracks 3/5 stars
Movie Music UK 4/5 stars
Movie Wave 3.5/5 stars
ScoreNotes 7.5/10 stars
SoundtrackNet 3/5 stars

Sherlock Holmes: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the 2009 film of the same name, directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.


Director Guy Ritchie used the soundtrack from the film The Dark Knight by Hans Zimmer as temporary music during editing. Zimmer was pleased when Ritchie asked him to do the score but was told to do something completely different[citation needed]. Zimmer described his score to Ritchie as the sound of The Pogues joining a Romanian orchestra.[1] For the musical accompaniment, composer Hans Zimmer used a banjo, cimbalom, squeaky violins, a "broken pub piano" and other unconventional instruments such as the Experibass.

At first, Zimmer had his own piano detuned. But he found that it did not accomplish his goal. It simply sounded out of tune. He asked his assistant to locate a broken piano for him. The first piano they located was passed over as it had obviously been loved and cared for. But the second piano they found was the one they used in the production of Sherlock Holmes. Zimmer said "We rented 20th Century Fox’s underground car park one Sunday and did hideous things to a piano."[1][2]

The boxing scene in the film also features a version of "Rocky Road to Dublin" by The Dubliners, which is not included in this album.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Hans Zimmer.

No. Title Length
1. "Discombobulate" 2:25
2. "Is It Poison, Nanny?" 2:53
3. "I Never Woke Up in Handcuffs Before" 1:44
4. "My Mind Rebels at Stagnation" 4:31
5. "Data, Data, Data" 2:15
6. "He's Killed the Dog Again" 3:15
7. "Marital Sabotage" 3:44
8. "Not in Blood, But in Bond" 2:13
9. "Ah, Putrefaction" 1:50
10. "Panic, Shear Bloody Panic" 2:38
11. "Psychological Recovery... 6 Months" 18:18
12. "Catatonic" 6:46
13. "A Rocky Road to Dublin" 2:35
Total length: 52:32


  1. ^ a b Martens, Todd (24 December 2009). "Hans Zimmer on his ‘Sherlock Holmes’ score: ‘Real life takes place in pubs'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ Vaughan, Owen (23 December 2009). "Hans Zimmer: 'The sound of Sherlock Holmes? It’s a broken piano'". The Times. UK: News International. Retrieved 2010-01-31. Actually the broken piano became a bigger thing because then I thought, rather than use big drums what would a piano sound like if you dropped it down a flight of stairs?