Before I Fall Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Before I Fall by Adam Taylor.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 82.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 8.9
Album Excellence: 38.9%
Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young and starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage & Cynthy Wu. It is based on the 2010 novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver. What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her–before she runs out of time for good. The score is composed by Adam Taylor.
If the name Adam Taylor sound familiar, it might be that you watched The Handmaid’s Tale or heard the score which he composed. As I recall it was quite good as well. This one is very short, only around 24 minutes, but I have a strong feeling that Taylor will not let me down. The score opens with ‘Into Infinity’, a not so mysterious electronic based cue playing more on mood than theme. It’s fine, but not something to shout about. Same with ‘Become Who You Are’. I’m not quite sure why the music is as it is, but it’s unengaging at the moment, nothing that I can enjoy emotionally or otherwise.
It is strange because I was expecting a much more emotional time. I think the minimalistic take on this is pretty much the only thing working for me right now. The music as I’ve said is rather off-putting as it is. Whether the music is electronic or orchestral doesn’t matter as much, but it’s what the music is actually like that I care about. I wanted the music to be different than this, but it just wasn’t to be. It’s a shame though because I was certain that Taylor would once again deliver a score that I could connect with and enjoy more than I did. There’s a few cues near the end that delivers exactly the sound I had hoped the whole score consisted of like ‘Day With Izzy’ and ‘No Longer Scared’. Maybe it’s one of those scores that grow on me, but if it doesn’t, that’s ok too. There are so many scores released these days that I’m not too disappointed anymore if some of them don’t deliver like this one. Still, it does get better in the second half of the score, a lot better.
9. Day With Izzy
11. No Longer Scared
13. Juliet’s Rose
14. Before I Fall