Unfinished Life/Piano Sketches/Chris Young

April 8, 2008

 

With the release of this solo piano material on BSX, the Lasse Hallstrom Unfinished Life film now has the distinction of having (3) releases to its credit. How many soundtracks do you have in your collection where you can make that statement? The original rejected Chris Young score released on Varese Sarabande (VCL 0706 1052), the replacement Deborah Lurie material on Varese Sarabande (3020666832), and now this original sketch material. Interesting for a film that really didn’t perform well at the box office considering that Lasse has had some very successful pictures such as Cider House Rules, Chocolat, and Shipping News. The cast of the film featuring Redford, Lopez, and Freeman certainly was a huge draw. Oh wait there was no exploding, car chases, excessive blood and gore, and it wasn’t a remake. That must be the reason!

The material on this CD is essentially a series of ideas that were presented to the director for possible consideration as main or secondary themes for the film. A word of caution! This is not soundtrack material. It is certainly icing on the cake if one is looking to complete all of the material for the film. But keep in mind that even Gone With The Wind started as a piano score. Each song in the three books, consisting of 21 tracks, are very easy listening, simple but good melodies, and basic harmony from the other hand. While there are a couple that are louder, upbeat, with emphasis on the staccoto, the majority of the material is softer and laid back. On repeated listens this reviewer found himself creating different types of scenes and scenarios for each of the tracks. Each track given the opportunity could easily be expanded upon and orchestrated into a whole lot more. The material is excellent to listen to when one wants to reflect or just rest and meditate.

My only complaint is the same one that Mr. Young explained in the liner notes which was a desire to have recorded the material in a larger studio. It is pleasant enough to listen to but a professional studio would have done a better job. This complaint is certainly not enough to prevent you from owning this recording.

 

 

 

 

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