Frost/Nixon – Ron Howard’s 2008 feature about a series of interviews TV personality David Frost held with ex-President Richard Nixon – benefits from a superb score by Hans Zimmer. Reflective of the electrifying battle of wits going on onscreen, Zimmer opts for a minimalist approach, with subtlety and crackling suspense rather than bombast. It is, in my opinion, one of his best scores, and is perfect to listen to while driving or studying.
The entire soundtrack is excellent, but here are the standouts. Opening the album is Watergate, a minimalist piece dominated by a bevy of persistent strings and anticipatory piano. Following closely on its heels is the more upbeat Hello, Good Evening and Welcome, while track number four, Pardon the Phlebitis, conveys a strong sense of dramatic urgency. My favorite cue is Beverly Hilton, which swells from simple, percussive beginnings to a fascinating string arrangement. Cambodia is a short, bitter-sweet piece, and Research Montage evokes mystery, danger, and discovery.