5 Flights Up Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score 5 Flights Up by David Newman & Max Calo.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 84.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 7.88
Album Excellence: 28%
5 Flights Up is a 2014 drama film directed by Richard Loncraine and starring Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton and Cynthia Nixon. A long-time married couple who’ve spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away. The score is composed by David Newman and Max Calo.
When they say David Newman & Max Calo it means that Newman did most of the score (11 cues) and Calo did 3 cues (2 score, 1 vocal) according to the cue sheet. The score starts with David Newman and ‘Main Title’ which starts with a few strokes of the violin, but soon expands with guitar and piano. Quite a decent theme, but nothing I will remember. It is a bit too busy perhaps, and fast-paced. ‘Like Us’ has more potential. It’s a sweet piano and guitar cue. It’s calmer and more minimalistic which makes the music breathe and it also makes it easier to really concentrate on various things such as theme and construction, and I enjoy it very much. Max Calo’s first cue is ‘Blue Bar’ which is a very nice bossa nova jazz cue. I of course love jazz so this is a keeper. Newman’s contribution so far has been nice, light and easy on the ear and that includes the fast-paced main title and ‘Favorite Story’.
My personal favourites are the more calmer cues. I like that Newman hasn’t been tempted to use comedy (much) in his music. It would be a cheap trick. He keeps it light and nice, in mostly full drama mode. The exception would have to ‘Rooftop Gardening’. Calo’s next cue is ‘I Was Younger’ which is a throwback to 50s romance I think, but with a more modern sounding production. It has that feel though with the twangy guitar, the rhythm. Nice, but not quite great. Newman is getting into lovely lyrical mode with ‘Zoe’s Home’ and ‘Backing Out’, cues that I will definitely add to my playlist rotation. They are sweet, slow and features themes that makes me emotional.
The score is as “safe” as they come. This is just a simple and nice drama score, very light. In fact there’s no darkness at all. Maybe this will get you in a good mood? It certainly improved mine. It is one of the most positive scores I have heard this year and if you’re into easy listening scores like this, then you should give this one a try.
2. Like Us
3. Blue Bar
11. Zoe’s Home
12. Backing Out