A Reason Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score A Reason by Kim Planert.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 90
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 31.55
Album Excellence: 55%
A Reason is a 2014 drama film directed by Dominique Schilling and starring Magda Apanowicz, Nick Eversman and Marion Ross. Serena, a young, gay introvert and her controlling older brother Nathan, are forced to endure a dreaded family gathering at the house of their elegant elderly Aunt Irene to hear the reading of her will – setting off an unexpected course of events that ultimately forces the clan to reevaluate their views on love, forgiveness, and family. The score is composed by Kim Planert.
The score opens with ‘The Road Of Light And Shadow’ and it’s a beautiful minimalistic opening cue. It’s very slow and the slow ostinatos, particularly the swirling underscore is giving the violin in front breathing space and allows it to prosper. It’s family drama time, and this kind of music fits it perfectly. The cue also features a very nice buildup as it gets a bit more busy near the end. ‘Crystal Waters’ is an excellent companion cue to the first one. This one has a more dramatic undertone, but there’s much beauty in drama as Planert clearly shows here. ‘When Are You Having Your Next Baby?’ is not giving us anything new or that we didn’t know from before. It’s more of the same, except this one doesn’t have an endearing theme to go along which makes it the loser of the three. Still very enjoyable though.
Planert however has a joker up his sleeve by including the brilliant voice of Lisbeth Scott which makes any score better. Period. Yes, on three cues, the first which is ‘Waters Of Serenity’ Lisbeth makes all the difference with her unique and sensual voice. Great decision by Planert. Barring that, there are some excellent cues here and a lot of good ones. It’s very enjoyable just to sit through it and listen. I am using it as a conceptual score for a movie I’ll probably never see and it is a really good score on album. It isn’t a fantastic score though, but Planert can be proud of this one. It fits right into 2015 and the type of sound this year has been a champion of. I see Planert ha 3 projects this year. Why don’t the labels give us those? I hope they do because I am eager to hear more from the composer and see how it all stands. If this score is any proof, we could be in for some greatness. What do you think of the score?
1. The Road Of Light And Shadow
2. Crystal Waters
3. When Are You Having Your Next Baby?
5. Waters Of Serenity
6. We All Have Our Quirks
9. Like Your Father
12. Don’t You Ever
19. I Am Not Gonna Let You Die Alone *
20. A Reason