The Big Kahuna
Varese Sarabande (302 066 140 2)
Release Date: 2000
Conducted by David Reynolds
|1.||The Big Kahuna||6:10|
|2.||Cheeseballs and Shrimp||3:02|
|3.||"Charade" - Si Zentner||2:36|
|4.||Measured by Dogs||1:14|
|5.||Philed with Fuller||1:05|
|6.||God's in the Closet||2:04|
|10.||"Hey Pachucho!" - Royal Crown Revue||3:34|
|11.||"Binga Banga Bongo" - Terry Snyder & The All Stars||2:33|
|12.||A Little Something of What I Am||1:16|
|13.||The Lateness of Things||2:00|
|14.||El Kahuna Grande||1:20|
|Total Album Time:||33:02|
|by David A. Koran
on June 23rd, 2001
Mr. Youngs score, and musical direction, help give the film a bent towards the "light-seedy" side by incorporating some lounge and bachelor pad music. This is perfect given the fact that Danny DeVito and Kevin Spacey play industrial lubricant salesmen. Danny DeVitos character is choosing to retire from the business and Kevin Spacey is trying to deal with the fact that his friend and mentor is leaving him. In turn a newcomer, played by Peter Facinelli, is joining the team, and eventually Spaceys role is reversed, and he becomes the mentor. A lot of smart dialogue exchanges take place, but nothing extraordinary regarding the story or events. Youngs score more or less helps set the moods and character colorings perfectly, slightly seamy, slightly off-kilter, from a time long gone, a missed generation. Its lighthearted to a point, not entirely serious, even though a few times in the film, there are decidedly "deep-thought" moments. Young does justice to himself showing his musical diversity by handling such a wide variety of genres in his career. This film provided him a chance to snag a niche of music very few get a chance to explore.
For purchasers of this score, Id say its a keeper, probably not something you listen to on a day-to-day basis but reasonably good nevertheless. As for fans of Christopher Young, add it to your collection next to Murder In The First, Wonder Boys and Jennifer 8, its a solid effort. I wished the music could have been a bit more, it only chimes in at a little over a half-hour, since the CD flows so nicely and seamlessly between tracks. If youre a fan of Spacey, trot down to your local indie movie house and catch a showing of the film before its gone, its his typical wry character, but hes so good at it.
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