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Soundtrack review: Beautiful boy (Trevor Morris – 2009)

“Beautiful boy” is a 2010 drama about a married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life. It stars Michael Sheen and Maria Bello and took awards at a few film festivals. Trevor Morris wrote the score but it wasn’t released. Luckily the composer decided to make a few of his unreleased works available and I am glad to listen to them. Remember that streaming and buying these scores helps his charity of choice “Education through music”.

Heh. Trevor Morris’s high profile scores are almost always loud and spectacular, epic and entertaining. I guess projects like these find him because he is so good at them. But this unreleased treasure chest of his allowed me to discover another side of the composer, a more mature and laid back side. The music of “Beautiful boy” shows me that he could easily deliver meaningful drama scores. I’ve always applauded moments when Brian Tyler for example tackled a different genre and it’s the same situation here. If I had heard this score without a name attached I wouldn’t have recognized Trevor Morris. He tones down his music; he uses the piano as a brush of choice for almost every tonal shade in “Beautiful boy”.

This score gleams like the afternoon sun of the surface of the see. The music is warm and gentle and it goes straight to my heart. Once again I am discovering a beautiful and reflective composition that I want to keep close for special moments. This is a score to listen to on a long drive or on a rainy afternoon when you need to quiet down your inner turmoil. It’s a balm for the soul and fuel for reflection.

Listen to this score to discover the quiet and melodic side of Trevor Morris. For me these are the musical moments that describe the inner thoughts of his characters when they stopped fighting and chasing, when they are left alone with themselves. The composer said that these compositions were a gift to film music fans and I couldn’t agree more.

Cue rating: 90 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 21 / 42

Album excellence: 52%

 

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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