This is your friendly neighborhood Hamlette, here to discuss another beloved soundtrack with you. Today, it's Carter Burwell's score for Conspiracy Theory (1997). This is one of those albums that I have listened to so often, it's ingrained in my brain. I don't actually listen to it that often anymore because I can pull up my favorite cues in my memory and listen to them there.
I'll start with the main theme, listed as "Conspiracy Theory" on the soundtrack. It gives you a great feel for what the movie is like: relatively cheerful, with a lot of energy. The part that kicks in at 1:48 is my favorite -- that theme makes my consciousness soar.
That theme gets repeated in the score's final cue, "Riding," beginning right around 2:00. I actually bought this score just for that theme, and I recorded just that thirty seconds or so on a cassette tape (yes, I am that old) over and over and over and over so I could listen to just it. The rest of this track is nice too, beginning with a gentle tenderness that builds to a sort of peaceful anticipation, then explodes with joy. But those trumpets are what really hit my sweet spots. I see that whoever put this track on YouTube agrees, since they added that little tag to it, hee.