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Soundtrack review: Charlie Countryman (Christophe Beck and DeadMono – 2014)

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“Charlie countryman” is a score to be enjoyed more on an early winter’s morning

“Charlie countryman” is a drama movie, apparently Romanian-American. It was filmed in Romania and it takes place here. Christophe Beck is in my hall of fame because of his score for “Buffy the Vampire slayer” and I am curious what he could do with the theme at hand. For this score, he was helped by DeadMono.

With a cue like the beautiful and atmospheric “I promise”, “Charlie Countryman” was already worth my time. This is a very jolly and relaxing little score. We’ve had quite a few of those this year but there can never be too many Sunday afternoon scores in one year. I could do with 52 of them. “Bucharest taxi ride” is another very interesting track, although a little dreamier than I would imagine a taxi ride in my town. The cherry on top of this score is the Cello on “Gabi’s story”.

Dreamy is the word to describe this score. The composition is unpretentious, beautiful and has a sweet loneliness about it, the kind of loneliness you welcome rather than dread. It is a score to listen in those quiet moments when you want to drown out the sounds of the outside world and focus on those of the inner world. With a minimal and easy on the ears instrumentation, “Charlie countryman” is a score to be enjoyed more on an early winter’s morning, when everything is fresh and white. It calls you out to play in the virgin snow and you have no reason not to follow it.

Cue rating: 77 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 27 / 40

Album excellence: 66%

Highlights:

Charlie Countryman

I Promise

Bucharest Taxi Ride

Puppy Feet Girl

Nigel

Walking with Gabi

Find Me Tomorrow

Gabi’s Story

The End

 

About the author

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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