Sin City (soundtrack)

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Sin City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sin City Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released March 29, 2005
Genre Soundtrack
Length 58:14
Label Varèse Sarabande
Robert Rodriguez chronology
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
(2003)
Sin City
(2005)
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Filmtracks.com 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]

No. Song Artist(s)
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

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Robert Townson
  • Conducted by John Debney
  • Score Recorded at Todd-AO Scoring, Studio City, CA
  • Score Mixed at Media Ventures, Santa Monica, CA
  • 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


  • Saxophone solo: Dan Higgins
  • Trumpet solo: Dan Savant
  • Tenor Sax (traks 1,2 & 4): Johnny Reno
  • Upright Bass solos: Mike Valerio

Instrumentation[edit]

  • Strings: 30 violins, 18 violas, 12 violoncellos, 8 double basses
  • Brass: 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, alto & bass saxophones

Reviews[edit]

Jerry McCulley of Amazon.com 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."[4]

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."[3]

Christian Clemmensen of Filmtracks.com 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."[2]

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