The Vietnam War era comes with its own ready-made soundtrack of rock, pop and soul hits of the day — the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” has a way of appearing just where you think it might — but to this, Burns and Novick have smartly added the sounds of Vietnamese folk songs by the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma, as well as an unsettlingly memorable score from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and his collaborator, Atticus Ross. Reznor and Ross’s music lends “The Vietnam War” a needed, metallic taste of tension and raw nerves.
The Vietnam War Original Score by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross is available now as a 180gram 3xLP or 2xCD set, and at all streaming services and digital retailers. Order and stream at: https://NIN.lnk.to/VIETNAM
Trent and Atticus composed the soundtrack to Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s epic masterpiece, The Vietnam War, which tells the story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history.
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