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Soundtrack review: Hector and the search for hapiness (Dan Mangan and Jesse Zubot -2014)

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Soundtrack review: Hector and the search for hapiness (Dan Mangan and Jesse Zubot -2014)



“Hector and the search for happiness” is a movie I will definitely watch. If it’s a heartfelt comedy starring Simon Pegg, I’m in, no matter what the subject might be. I am a big fan. The score was written by Dan Mangan and Jesse Zubot, and it is a special one because these two are singers / songwriters, not film music composers.

The search for happiness is simple and fun. There’s no need for majestic cues here, for epic or deep compositions, because this is not what the movie is about. The score material is short (26 minutes for 13 cues) and the music is jazzy and dreamy. The simplicity works because it puts me in the right mood to enjoy a movie like this.

“Cumulonimbus” is an infectious jazz cue. “Tic Toc” and “Agnes corked” are whimsical and atmospheric tracks and they are my favorites from this score, along with “Lost keys”, the last cue. This one is the most serious of them all, and the strong male voice vocalizing in the background gives it a special sound.

“Hector and the search for happiness” has its well defined niche in the score world. It is one of those unmistakable Sunday afternoon scores, relaxing and carefree. There aren’t a lot of scores like it and it is very enjoyable and easy to listen.

Cue rating: 74 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 14 / 28

Album excellence: 50%




Tic Toc

Agnes Corked

Lost Keys

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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