Soundtrack Review: Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)

Reviewer: JØrn Tillnes
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen Soundtrack Review

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Salmon Fishing In The Yemen by Dario Marianelli.

"Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is a very solid score"

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is about a fisheries expert who is being approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's grand vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert. It's a film about dreams and what can be accomplished when it seems impossible. It's directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked. The composer is Dario Marianelli.

Track List

1. Prologue***
2. Machinations**
3. Scotland****
4. Inspirational Sheikh****
5. Dreams***
6. A Turn for the Worse***
7. To the Yemen****
8. The Threat***
9. It's in Your DNA!****
10. Salmon Fishing****
11. Big Projects****
12. Rob Returns****
13. Disaster***
14. Goodbye Hello***
15. Happy Ending****

It's another romantic drama from Dario Marianelli and we do love it don't we? Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is interesting because it has a middle eastern flair to it and also mix a bit of Scottish into it with the cue 'Scotland'. A lot of the cues like 'Inspirational Sheikh', 'To The Yemen' and 'Happy Ending' are good solid tracks but where are the standout tracks?

The sound in this score is predominantly quiet and simple. It feels like Marianelli has chosen safe waters this time and it works, it's just that there's no room for flair, no room to impress with his musical skills. A lot of composers could probably come up with this, so it doesn't feel quite so special. I like the middle eastern sounds in cues like 'To The Yemen' and I wouldn't mind if he explored it further.


Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is a very solid score. It's goes from cue to cue without exhausting itself and without as much as a dent into a soundtrack geek's mind. I do wish the road was a little bit more bumpy, but it is what it is. It's always nice to listen to a Dario Marianelli score, but I keep going back to his earlier scores as Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is soon forgotten.


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