The D Train Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The D Train by Andrew Dost.
At a glance:
15 minutes of score
Geek Score: 98.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13.92
Album Excellence: 92%
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The D Train is a 2015 American comedy film written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel starring Jack Black, James Marsden and Kathryn Hahn. High school reunions. Awkward! Well, Dan Landsman played by Jack Black is the self-proclaimed chairman of his high school’s alumni committee. He is hard at work planning for the 20 (or is it 30?) year high school reunion but there’s just one problem, it’s a high school reunion and who wants to come to these things? Dan has one last play, and that is to convince the most popular guy in his graduating class Oliver Lawless to come. Oliver is handsome and he has apparently made it as an actor so if he comes, then everyone will follow. The score is composed by Andrew Dost. Looking at the soundtrack, there’s a bunch of 80s classics like Kyrie by Mr. Mister, I Want To Know What Love is by Foreigner and others. Now that would make it a 30 year anniversary right? Any case, the soundtrack is awesome, but what about the score? It’s sadly only 15 minutes of it, so let’s get started.
‘See If I Can Flip You To A Yes’ is the massive opening cue which is 51 seconds, so maybe not massive but still. The opening cue is always exciting and this is a good one. It is very simple. A bass line and a simple and nice synth motif reminding me of those 80s classics. Sadly the sound isn’t quite 80s, but I am strangely enjoying this more than I thought I would. I see where this is going. ‘Certain Realities Of High School’ is more of the same, a more darker and a bit sad retro piece except for the end which is jolly in comparison even with some choir. I might be a sad character lost in the past, but I am really loving this. ‘Yearbook’ is another great cue, quite preppy and has a very nice feel good factor to it. The catchy main theme is reprised in ‘Heading Out To The West Side On Biz’ which is great, but the cool factor really kicks 30 seconds in with a power pop tune. Ok, Lawless is awesome. First the cool ‘Lawless RSVP-ed’, but then the coolest tune of them all, ‘Classic Lawless’. Don’t know what “classic” Lawless is supposed to mean, but that music, the dark and delicious power pop and those super hot snares make me look at my walkman and realise that life is pretty great. ‘I Peaked In The 11th Grade’ is a beautiful soft ballad of a cue, straight from classic 80s high school days. Wonderful! It ends with a more modern sound. ‘The D Train’ synths definitely sounds a bit more modern than your typical 80s tune, but it’s pretty awesome still. It’s a great soft theme, very catchy.
At only 15 minutes, I could still enjoy every cue, every second, and Andrew Dost sure made everything count, every moment. This is great stuff and although it didn’t sound authentic 80s, the feeling made me nostalgic. The themes Dost created could have been from an 80s hit song, and that says a lot. These days, bad music is masked behind cool effects and videos, but back then, bad music was just bad music, but this was pretty awesome.
1. See If I Can Flip You To A Yes
2. Certain Realities Of High School
4. Heading Out To The West Side On Biz
6. Coming Home
7. Lawless RSVP-ed
8. Classic Lawless *
9. Is That Supposed To Make Me Feel Better?
10. I Peaked In The 11th Grade *
11. The D Train