Saturday Soundtrack # 12
original motion picture soundtrack composed by Gabriel Yared.
CD: Varèse Saraband 302 066 994 2, released 2009. time: 51 minutes, cues: 13
I haven’t seen this film, and probably won’t until it becomes available on DVD, which for me means available from Netflix. But I heard some clips and thought it sounded really nice, so I picked it up.
The first couple of times I listened to the entire soundtrack, I was a little disappointed, not because there was anything wrong with it, but because it seemed pretty bland. I almost set it aside, one of those “well, you can’t win them all” things, but somehow it stay at hand and a few days later I played it again. I was working on a post, or some document or other, and suddenly the silence bothered me. The CD had played through, and though I hadn’t been that aware of the music, I was certainly aware of being disappointed when it stopped.
That’s not a usual reaction for me, so I played it again and gave it my full attention, and I was charmed by it. As has been the case with several recent Saturday Soundtrack selections, this is a light, easy to listen to, romantic little soundtrack, without a lot of the dramatic booming and crashing that characterizes so many soundtracks these days.
Okay, this isn’t the greatest soundtrack ever written – and don’t ask me what is, that’s way too long a discussion – but it’s gentle, enjoyable and worth the price. You’re not likely to hear this music and recall a single moment of the film, not even recall, in a year’s time, which film this music belongs to, but as music, and that’s what a soundtrack is, after all, it’s subtle and makes a nice listening experience. You may fine that this one stays on the player, at home or in the car, longer than you expect.