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Soundtrack review: The D-Train (Andrew Dost – 2015)

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“The D-train” is a Jack Black comedy where he tries to get the most popular guy from high school to come with him to the class reunion. He lies and invents stuff to get him there but doesn’t know that this will all turn against him when the other guy takes over his house, life and career. I enjoy Jack Black comedies every now and then so I might give this one a try. The score was written by Andrew Dost, a name I wasn’t familiar with.

The score is only 15 minutes long because the rest of the album is made of classical songs by INXS, OMD or Foreginer. The score in only 15 minutes long but when these 15 minutes act as a portal to the past and have as much 80s nostalgia as I could get from any score, it’s more than enough. “The D-train” is a pure, untainted and delightful dose of synth magic. And for a guy like me who has a huge soft spot for that device the score ends up as one of the nicest little surprises of the year. It’s the synth… The synth for me is like pizza, it can’t be bad. Yeah so some cues have a melodic line and other don’t and yes they are all short but I am enjoying the music immensely and I wish there was more where that came from. There’s the arcade game sound in “Yearbook”… the melancholy in “Coming home” and the childish delight on “Lawless RSVP-ed”. Each moment is a gem and I should keep this score close for when I need a shot of nostalgia. Now I really want to see the movie and hear Andre Dost’s wonderful score in context.

If you love the synth with its world of possibilities and the array of feelings it can play you will adore “The D-train”. There’s nothing else hear but the synth. You might be surprised at just home much emotion can fit in these 15 minutes and how rewarding the subtle changes in mood will be. “I peaked in 11th grade” really made me nod my head with surprise and satisfaction. So simple… so emotional… so efficient. Just like the entire score.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 15 / 15

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

See If I Can Flip You To A Yes

Certain Realities Of High School

Yearbook

Heading Out To The West Side On Biz

You Will Be Giving Those People A Gift

Coming Home

Lawless Rsvp-Ed

Classic Lawless

Is That Supposed To Make Me Feel Better?

I Peaked In The 11th Grade

The D Train

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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