The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

On Boxing Day, potentially one of the biggest movies of the year is released. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, is directed by David Finch, and – most importantly from the Musicscramble viewpoint – has a soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

I am a massive fan of Trent Reznor’s work under Nine Inch Nails as well as his other projects and soundtracks such as last years “The Social Network”, and so I was excited to hear that not he and Ross would be scoring the movie. As part of that score they have covered Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Immigrant Song’ with the help of Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s. Now that part I found a little disconcerting as I really don’t like them very much at all, but I’m very happy to report that they have come up with a potential masterpiece here.

It’s fairly faithful to the original yet given a 21st century injection of Reznor’s industrial tinged electronica. Karen O’s voice imitates Robert Plant during the opening “aaaaaah” but then becomes distinctly different and makes the song her own. The switch to a female vocal really doesn’t damage the song at all and is in fact quite enticing.

Check out the video below which I understand to be the opening titles to the movie (though without the credits).

You can download the full soundtrack in various high quality formats now from

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