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Soundtrack review – All good things (Rob Simonsen – 2014)

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Soundtrack review – All good things (Rob Simonsen – 2014)



“All good things” is a 2010 movie starring Ryan Gossling and Kirsten Dunst about a rich guy and all the murders which were linked to him. The score by Rob Simonsen was released in 2014 by Caldera records.

Now when I see Rob Simonsen’s name I put listening to that score on my list of priorities. His “Wish I was here” gem was one of the best magical scores of 2014, the perfect relaxing Sunday afternoon score of the year. I imagine this one will be a little different given the subject…

And yet the beginning of the score brings me right back to that meadow I was imagining myself on when I was listening to “Wish I was here”. I imagine the beginning of the movie probably shows the idyllic life before everything goes wrong. The magic only lasts until “The bridge” though. From then on suspense and drama take over. There are a lot of short and frantic cues on this score, variations on the same theme but they work. Some of the short pieces remind me of the mood in Philip Glass songs, even if they are string and not piano based.

I am enjoying myself listening to the fast cello and violin duets. The musical inserts (many less than one minute long) are interesting and exciting. I imagine chase scenes from the Coen Brothers movie when I hear them. When the pace changes the mood gets deep and ominous.

There is an 8 minutes long track on this score: “All good things to the end”. It starts with the same pounding sound as if a giant clock would mark the seconds. Then other instruments join in one after the other and work together to deliver one awesome piece of music. This cue tells a story in itself from frantic string motifs where I imagine fire coming out of the instruments to extremely melodic inserts, passing through dark and ominous moments. I am excited at the way in which Simonsen uses the instruments.  I hear a lot of interesting sounds in this theme and I would not want to be the character for which it was written. The changes in mood would be too much for me. This was by far the best part of the score and that hidden gem I was looking for.

I really liked “All good things” and I am happy that I have a chance to get to know Rob Simonsen and his music even better. I also love that Caldera Records includes audio commentaries from the directors in their releases. It is a very welcomed addition and I wish more labels did this.

Cue rating: 82 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 17 / 44

Album excellence: 38%


The Apartment

To The Luxor

Katie Tells Her Story

David And Malvern Bond 1

David And Malvern Bond 2

All Good Things To The End

The Wedding

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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