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Soundtrack review: Burying the ex (Joseph LoDuca – 2015)

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A horror / comedy / romance movie about a an ex-girlfriend who rises from the dead and thinks she’s still together with her guy, who is dating someone else scored by the guy who made the music for the “Evil dead” franchise? Sounds too much fun to be true. And when I think that that guy also wrote all the Spartacus scores I can only rush to listen to “Burying the ex”.

Hello there, gypsy violin! You are always welcomed in every score I listen to. Even the smallest interlude of that instrument brings me joy and makes me love the respective cue. And when a score begins like that it puts me in a very good mood. I wish there was more of it in this score because even if it is quite enjoyable, the comedic horror style of the music isn’t really something to remember, at least not for me. Luckily Lo Duca is a great composer and finds way to insert brilliant motifs even in forgettable cues. There are moments when the music gets suddenly atmospheric, other times when it gets very melodic and wipes the distrustful smile off my face.

“Burying the ex” to me is the kind of score that needs to catch me in the right state of mind if I am to enjoy it. If it doesn’t, it can’t climb above the condition of the movie it represents, nothing more than a good exclude to pass the time. Besides, the composition is way more melodic than scary and the fun parts are jazzy and luscious and that’s not exactly my favorite kind of film music. I’m having a hard time finding something to relate to in this score. There’s a very nice motif in “Left alone” when the score gets a little more serious and I live it. “We should stop” gives me a nice shot of melancholy and I will remember it. Gems like this make listening to any score worthwhile.

Fans of the electric guitar and those in the mood for a teenage comedy score with its bravado and lack of restrains will love this one. It sort of grew on me as I listened to it even if I was a little annoyed at the beginning. I just wasn’t in the mood for a silly score and didn’t have the patience this score might have deserved. This will probably be one of those scores I will revisit a few months from now or in a different mood to see if I misjudged it.

Other than a few violin or atmospheric interludes there wasn’t a lot for me to connect to in “Burying in the ex”. I often had the feeling that listening to this score separated from the movie would be like tearing the skin of that corpse that’s the main character: unnatural. This is a score to be enjoyed in context if I ever heard one. If only the “We should stop” or “Late on rent” themes had recurred more often…

Cue rating: 73 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 4 / 42

Album excellence: 10%

Highlights:

Main title

We should stop

Late for rent

Main title (Alternate)

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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