The daily grind of the workplace gets a violent upgrade and the music of the "Wanted" soundtrack takes it all in stride. The daydream of escaping the cubicle goes on a binge of destruction and conspiracies and gets the peaks and valleys mimicked in every note. Feast on a cornucopia of vengeance for the eyes and ears that won't go straight to your hips.
"Every Day is Exactly the Same" A song that magnifies the mundane until its very D.N.A. is exposed. With "Every Day is Exactly the Same," the all out depression that permeates the rote behavior of a life that is merely maintaining and not progressing gets a reverent musical dissection. Trent Reznor makes angst and ennui an art form here and helps to sell the utter banality of Wesley's life in "Wanted."
"The Little Things" If not the king, then Danny Elfman is at the least soundtrack royalty. With "The Little Things," he gets to trot out his voice, which once fueled the band Boingo. He shows that he hasn't lost a step with vocals that convey a subtle threat that morphs into a full-blown promise of aggression. Elfman makes a convincing case for payback for every tiny inconvenience. A song for "Wanted" that fits like a glove as the lyrics match the visuals punch for punch.
"Revenge" Jarring riffs and drumbeats live for the briefest of moments before decaying and drive the action of "Wanted" onwards. Danny Elfman creates music that lends itself to visuals as if he hears and sees each beat. An all out sprint of a song, "Wanted" gets more fuel to add to the fire with this beauty of an instrumental. "Revenge" doesn't bother being gentle when rough will do it just fine.
"Time to Say Goodbye" Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman show off the beauty of the human voice like a rose protected behind glass. Both the shield protecting the flower and the flower itself are fragile much like the lives in "Wanted." With "Time to Say Goodbye," the soul is targeted as much as the ears and both get rewarded with something almost transcendent. Of course with a movie about assassins, there's a kill that happens during this beautiful track ensuring that the title serves the scene and frames a dichotomy of life and death.
"Wesley's Office Life" With a nice build, "Wesley's Office Life" seems at first to be simple and boring, much like the actual work environment of Wesley in "Wanted." Then the bass visits and the staccato notes start to rip through the string instruments and suddenly you realize something has changed. With pauses amidst the musical action, Elfman plays with the peaks and valleys of the audience's emotions creating unsurety. With precision this track ricochets around your head until it's hit all the vital neurons and made sure you have fallen into the scene.