- Various Artists
- Rachel Portman
Review: Closer You Get, The
3 / 5 Stars
The film is a relationship tale, if the listener couldn't tell by the selection of vocal tracks on the CD. The music on the CD has vocal tracks from the great Satchmo (Louis Armstrong) to the reliable Jackie Wilson, whose song lyrics lends to the film's title. The vocal selections add to the desire to reign in the film's musical accompaniment as "no-brainer" effort. However, combined with the rather paltry representation of Portman's score, the CD lends itself to a rather passable effort. The recall of a melody similar to Benny And Joon is easily made through the instrumentation used to introduce the listener to the main theme. With bassoon, toy accordion, guitar, and pennywhistle providing the 16 note melody we're drawn in almost immediately to the odd and bizarre. The overall theme does, however, have specific melodic ties to, at least in the refrain (and more noticeable in other recurrences of the theme), a Celtic musical heritage. It's enjoyable at the very least, but is nothing special that would move the music world.
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