OST: Bonneville

OST: Bonneville / 2008 Lakeshore / 15 Tracks / http://www.lakeshore-records.com /

The style of “Bonneville’s” soundtrack is interesting. The first half of the disc consists of tracks by a number of individuals both famous (Donovan, Amos Lee) and either forgotten or less popular (Chelo, Nick Kershaw). The second half of the disc consists of tracks by Jeff Cardoni, an up and coming composer that has scored things as diverse as Finding tATu, Miss Guided, American Pie: Beta House, and More of Me. The different styles of the songs chosen for the soundtrack, along with those that were commission for the soundtrack specifically, fits the movie’s premise quite well. For those individuals that have not seen “Bonneville” up to this point, the movie centers around three women that attempt to deliver a husband’s ashes to a daughter that is very emotionally invested in the situation.

The songs chosen for the soundtrack have a classic rock and funk base to them; where “Catch The Wind” is more of a pop-oriented track, Lazlo Bane’s “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” works well with King Floyd’s “I Feel Like Dynamite” to bring some much-needed funk to the disc. Cardoni’s score places the music into a more traditional style. While the compositions hemselves are vibrant and fit well in the current perio,d what Cardoni’s score does is establish a timeless sound to the action in “Bonneville” that the (at times) dated tracks that open up the album do not. It is true that Cardoni has not made as much of a name for eirself as other individuals in the scoring scene have, but “Bonneville” is a great early step in Cardoni’s career.

The eight tracks that are Cardoni originals on this album establish Cardoni as an individual that has a great amount of talent and maturity, but is an individual that could still tighten up and focus eir compositions. The one thing that I might have changed about the soundtrack to “Bonneville” is the orientation of the tracks. As has been said, the tracks chosen for the album are before those that were composed for the album. If Lakeshore (or whoever was ultimately responsible for the CD) decided to blend together the two distrinct styles of music on this album, the resulting CD would have had a much different style and tone to it than it ultimately did. I would like to hear how that would have changed the overall atmosphere created by the disc. Still, a ssolid soundtrack, and one that will have individuals coming back for more.

Top Tracks Amos Lee / Supply and Demand, Jeff Cardoni / Driving To Bryce

Rating: 6.5/10

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