Live By Night Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Live Bt Night by Harry Gregson-Williams.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 78.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 8.9
Album Excellence: 19.5%
Live By Night is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Scott Eastwood, & Zoe Saldana. It is based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. It’s the Roaring `20s and Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve, and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules, and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The score is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams.
I feel that it’s been a while since I’ve heard anything truly great from Harry and I think it’s due for another hit. Then why am I not feeling the excitement? Hopefully the proof is in the music. I just hope it’s not another “Equalizer”. The score opens with ‘Joe Coughlin’, a dark and gloomy opening track. I had a felling it might and this is probably what the rest of the score will sound like, more or less. In ‘Albert’s Girl’ we heard one of Harry Gregson-Williams’ signature instruments, the electronic violin. Some say it sounds cheap, but I’ve always liked it. And it’s not like a lot of composers use it. I think that’s a positive sign for this score and the composer in general.
Williams’ action music can be very exciting and in ‘The Getaway’ the energy levels are very high. It’s an impressive, if a bit generic action piece. I like it though. Williams can do great themes, and in this case there’s a sweet love theme in ‘Three Years, Four Months’ which serves as a great contrast to the more darker, brooding music and action pieces. It is what I feared though. It’s maybe not as mundane as The Equalizer was, but it has some of the same qualities. Thriller music could and should be more exiting, more sexier than this. This is serviceable though and not bad at all. I just feel that it could have been a lot more exciting. It didn’t exceed my expectation, but it didn’t go below my expectations either. I got what I thought I would get, more or less and I guess I should be happy with that.
6. Three Years, Four Months
13. One Day
19. This Is Heaven