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Soundtrack review: The one I love (Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans – 2014)

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When it’s over, I’m still more confused than anything

“The one I love” is a relationship comedy / drama. The score was written by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, a couple of classically trained musicians I was not familiar with.

First off, shortest movie theme ever? “The one I love” the cue has precisely 8 seconds. It’s just a strum of a guitar chord. The weirdness continues with “Duplicity”. I have no idea what to make of this cue. It plays hide and seek with me without warning me that this is what we were going to play, so in the end It kind of plays by itself without including me. I’ll just move along to the next cue. Strangely, not sure what to do with that one either. To me, this music sounds as if someone is hiding in a room full of glasses and wind chimes and strikes them every now and then. It is a very confusing listening experience. I admit, it’s interesting, but it sounds more like a collection of sound effects than a coherent composition.

This goes on for half an hour. When it’s over, I’m still more confused than anything. I will remember this score though because of the weird instrumentations (hey, I can’t dislike a score that has cello in it).

Cue rating: 52 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 0 / 28

Album excellence: 0%

 

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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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