Definitely, Maybe is a film that shows the difficulty that individuals have in trying to explain the twists and turns of a parentâ€™s past life to a child, that may not understand exactly what that parent is talking about. Clint Mansell previously of Pop Will Eat Itself was tapped to do the score of the film, and while individuals may not be familiar with too many of the films with which ey has done work (Smokinâ€™ Aces, Sahara, and Requiem for a Dream are likely the three films that ey scored that individuals may have seen), the quality of this soundtrack is superb.
The first track is â€œWill Hayes For President!â€, and it provides a sandy, rock-infused track that will remind listeners of individuals such as Neil Young and Dick Dale. However, instead of being firmly rooted in that style, Clintâ€™s work here transcends genre and musical boundaries. The dreamy style that starts to come out during â€œWill Hayes For President!â€ continues into â€œHere Comes Summerâ€, a track that throws in a little bit of jazz influence before the song wraps up. The tracks go much more into the traditional soundtrack style with â€œFor Emily (Whoever She May Beâ€¦)â€, which rises and falls, allowing the orchestra to build up a compelling sound that comes through during â€œApril (Come She Will)â€. However, â€œAprilâ€ is much more of a blend of current and traditional approaches to the creation of a soundtrack, and the resulting song is something that sounds like an instrumental version of an adult contemporary track. This is smart composing by Mansell, as it matches well the Ryan Reynolds character during â€œDefinitely, Maybeâ€; at a crossroads of life between a wild, rock-filled past and a softer, gentler family life, Reynoldsâ€™ character is reflected well here.
The rest of the soundtrack allows Mansell to create a number of different shades to the same color that ey originally painted the â€œDefinitely, Maybeâ€ soundtrack. While this is the first time that we at NeuFutur have had the chance to really go and dissect a Mansell soundtrack, I know that I will try to dig up a â€œDoomâ€ or a â€œMan On Fireâ€ soundtrack to see exactly how ey has evolved and changed in the years since ey started working soundtracks. If you have liked â€œDefinitely, Maybeâ€, make it a point to see how the music from the film properly highlights and expands upon the themes originally broached by the film.
Top Tracks: The Candidate, Its April
Definitely, Maybe (CD) / 2008 Lakeshore / 18 Tracks / http://www.definitelymaybemovie.com / http://www.lakeshore-records.com /