Mall (Music From The Motion Picture)

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Mall
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Soundtrack album by Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda & Alec Puro
Released December 12, 2014
Recorded 2006 - 2014
Length 48:21
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Producer Alec Puro, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin

Background

On May 6, 2011, Deadline reported that Joe Hahn would be directing a film adaptation of Eric Bogosian's novel, Mall.[1]. Hahn himself confirmed the news in a tweet he made later that day.[2] Vincent D’Onofrio, Chelsea Handler, and Bogosian himself were all set to star in it, with D’’Onofrio also producing. About the film, D’Onofrio stated "This film will be a comment on social violence. It begins as a man walks through the front door of a suburban mall armed to the teeth, causing five strangers to embark on a night that will change them forever. As the bullets fly, one teenage boy hurtles through the night on a collision course with the man he will become.” Handler and Bogosian were eventually replaced by Gina Gershon and Peter Stormare. In 2012, it was confirmed that Linkin Park would be composing the soundtrack to the film, and that it would be included in Linkin Park's record deal with Warner Bros. Records.[3] It was later revealed that Alec Puro, the drummer from heavy metal band Deadsy, would be helping Linkin Park compose the soundtrack.[4]

The first official trailer for Mall was released in May of 2014, which also contained the first snippet of music from the film's soundtrack, "It Goes Through". Hahn held a special screening of the movie on July 24, 2014 at the fifth annual Nerd HQ event.[5] In June of 2014, Mall was released in France, and was officially released worldwide October 17, 2014.[6]

Writing and Recording

Though most of the songs on the soundtrack were composed by Linkin Park specifically for the film, some of the songs were old demos of the band that were redone for the score. "White Noise" can be seen being worked on in the The Hunting Party Extended Trailer, "Devil's Drop" was worked on during the Living Things sessions under the title "Warm Spell", and "The Last Line" was started during the Minutes To Midnight sessions and continued to be worked on in the A Thousand Suns sessions under the title "Ammosick". Interestingly, "The Last Line" was mixed by Neal Avron, indicating that the song made it to the end of the recording sessions for Minutes To Midnight, but was not included, much like "Across The Line" and "What We Don't Know". "Dancer" was also worked on during the Minutes To Midnight era. For unknown reasons, the version of the song used in the movie contains scat vocals, but the soundtrack version of the track cut them out. Though it can't be determined when "It Goes Through" was started, samples of the song were released under the name "Luna" in Linkin Park's first Stagelight bundle, along with samples of "Mal RX7", which went by the name "Milk". Like "Dancer", "Mal RX7" is noted as being an instrumental, meaning the song probably had vocals at some point.

Regarding working on the soundtrack and with Puro, Joe Hahn stated "I met (Puro) on tour because he was a drummer in a band called Deadsy years ago, so it was cool to get together with him because he’s a great friend. There’s three songs on the score that fit really well with what’s going on and actually became particular themes throughout the film. A lot of them were just little song ideas that (Linkin Park) had that didn’t really quite have a home, and this was our way of finding a home for them. And then the rest were just kind of experiments that Alec and I were able to put together, but it was definitely inspired by the band’s music. We do have a whole album’s worth of score to put out."[7]

Composition

Releases

Physical

  • European Union, cat. 9362-49306-1

Digital

  • Mall (Music From the Motion Picture) // {4 members of LP & Alec Puro, cat. 093624930631}

Track Listing

Standard Edition

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 White Noise Bennington Chester Charles, Farrell David Michael, Hahn Joseph, Puro Alec, Shinoda Michael Kenji 3:06
2 Jeff Walks Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:00
3 Mall Blueprint Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:16
4 Jeff Makes Observations Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 2:17
5 Mal RX7 (Instrumental) Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:10
6 Barry's Story Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 0:59
7 Changing Room Tease Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:21
8 Danny In Police Car - Mal Gears Up Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:44
9 Mal Gives Barry Second Chance - Mal Unloads Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 2:29
10 Mal Carnage - Mal Stalked Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 3:17
11 It Goes Through Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 3:16
12 Cops Arrive Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:27
13 Danny's Lucky Day Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 2:28
14 Jeff Philosophizes To Donna Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:08
15 Jeff And Donna Connect Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 0:54
16 Jeff Trips In The Mirror Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 0:42
17 Adele And Danny In The Backseat Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 2:35
18 Mal Vs. Helicopter Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:08
19 Devil's Drop Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 3:00
20 TV Comes To Life - Mal And Jeff Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 4:20
21 The Last Line Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 3:41
22 Danny Goes Home Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 1:41
23 Dancer (Instrumental) Bennington, Farrell, Hahn, Puro, Shinoda 3:19

Personnel

Music

  • Chester Bennington
  • Dave Ferrell
  • Joe Hahn
  • Mike Shinoda
  • Alec Puro

Production

  • Mike Shinoda: production on "White Noise", "Mal RX7", "It Goes Through", "Devil's Drop", "The Last Line", and "Dancer"; mixing on "White Noise", "Mal RX7", "It Goes Through", "Devil's Drop", and "Dancer"
  • Rick Rubin: production on "The Last Line"
  • Neal Avron: mixing on "The Last Line"
  • Joe Hahn: production on all other tracks
  • Alec Puro: production on all other tracks
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardner: mastering

Art

  • Frank Maddocks: art direction and design

Live Performance

Songs Played Live

  • "Devil's Drop"

Reception

Critical Reception

Chart Performance

Awards

Trivia

External Links

References

  1. Deadline, May 2011]
  2. Twitter, May 2011
  3. Variety, May 2012
  4. Yahoo, August 2013
  5. Alternative Press, July 2014
  6. New Noise Magazine, August 2014
  7. Billboard, September 2014