What makes the artists' contributions so interesting is that, for the most part, they (spoiler alert!) mirror Kate's descent into insanity -- except here, her reaction to violence and fear of her own mind is more eerily pronounced and concrete. The way that "the ghosts were just a figment of her imagination all along" is revealed in the movie comes off as a typical horror trope (especially if you're not already familiar with the source material), but on the soundtrack, it doesn't scan as a cop-out. Instead, it thrusts you into Kate's psyche and works as a cohesive commentary on how isolating a woman's experience with mental illness can be. "Womb," Cherry Glazerr's creepy romp about feeling empty, has reverberating guitars so loud they suck the life out of you, and you can't help but feeling wistful listening to "Call Me," Empress Of's synth-pop number reflecting on trauma. The producers gave the recording artists "diaries" of the characters to inspire this mindset, and the end result proves how successful they were musically in capturing this mental landscape that didn't feel quite as satisfying or concise on screen.
You can pull the plot right out of the track-listing (see girl in red's dizzying "Kate's Not Here") and certainly throughout all of the the lyrics, but as a whole, it's an enticing concept album. If you have to choose which to spend more time with, The Turning itself or its soundtrack, make it the soundtrack so you can lose your head a bit by delving into this roster of great artists. The Turning (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) leaves you feeling mad, and not in the way you might feel if you had just walked out of the actual movie.