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Soundtrack review: Calvary (Patrick Cassidy – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Calvary (Patrick Cassidy – 2014)


“Calvary” is an Irish drama that I think I might enjoy. This is a review of the score written by Patrick Cassidy. I love Irish music. I love Irish themed movies or books and I love Irish inspired scores, with the fiddles and bodhrans and longing and melancholy. I’ve known Patrick Cassidy’s music for quite some time: I liked his two collaborations with Lisa Gerrard a lot. Oh, and I love Brendan Gleeson, did I mention this? He’s one of the actors who always have something special in the way he plays a part. I loved him in “In Bruges” or “Harry Potter”.  There’s also the guy from “IT crowd” in this movie and what I am trying to say is that I liked this score before listening to a second of it. I hope it won’t disappoint me…

“Calvary” shows the darker side of an Irish inspired score; it is a deep, depressing and string dominated composition with occasional haunting female voices in the background. You need a certain kind of mood to enjoy this score and its dark appeal. There is no joy or action in “Calvary” but there’s a lot of beautiful and thoughtful music. Each note falls slowly after the previous one and dims the light even more. This is such a rewarding listening experience…Patrick Cassidy’s composition is smart, complex and each layer is a different shade of what you might feel. I listen to cues like “Teresa” or “Confession” and I am happy that I am in the right mood to appreciate the wealth of emotions the composer transmits through them. “Third act revelation” is my favorite cue from the ones that feature a solo female voice. This is the Irish soul…

Do not expect the sun to shine on this score. What you will get though is an intense and rewarding listening experience. “Calvary” is a beautiful, rich and melodic composition, heavy as a church confession. Patrick Cassidy delivered an excellent score. I will go listen to “Ashes and snow” or “Immortal memory” now, because he and Lisa Gerrard together are a special treat and a perfect match.

Cue rating: 87 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 21 / 47

Album excellence: 44%


The Beach

Memories Fade



Why Am I Here

Third Act Revelation

But I Will Go On


A Lone Figure


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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