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Soundtrack review: Love (Lyle Workman – 2016)


Soundtrack review: Love (Lyle Workman – 2016)


“Love” is a Netflix original TV show which follows nice guy Gus (Paul Rust) and brazen wild-child Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, love and other things they were hoping to avoid. Love is an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships. LOVE is created, written and executive produced by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin. The score was written by Lyle Workman. I am surprised that this is the first score I will hear from him considering his body of work so far.

It’s not easy for me to connect with guitar cues in a score. I can’t say why but as much as I love listening to rock and as much as I love the way the guitar was used in 90s action scores, nowadays I seem to have a hard time enjoying that electric sound. I think it’s because I feel as if the guitar reefs punctuate or support a situation in the movie and I am not living the full experience when I listen to just the score. The guitar is a great companion for the on screen images but it gives the impression of cold when listened to separately.

Of course when the composer writes something like “It’s over” I can just smile and enjoy it. Here the guitar goes to lonely and acoustic and I love it. I find the emotional factor I’m looking for. Somehow this cue warms me up to the score and I am starting to enjoy the jazzy bass of pieces like “Gus”. I am grooving along with the music and tapping the rhythm on my table. I keep smiling as I hear the Cuban inspired “Sonrisa” which is just the sunniest and freshest of fruit cocktails I’ve heard this year. I cannot groove on this because the rhythm is way to smooth for my skills. And when the melancholia of “You are not alone” caresses my ears this score wins me over for good.

There is a certain sound I really love… I’ve grown familiar with it in a few Rob Simonsen scores or in last year’s “The fault in our stars” and I was sort of expecting it seeing the plot of this TV show. It’s that simple and relaxing “forget the outside world and let’s focus on our own little world” guitar sound that brings the breeze of a Sunday afternoon. It’s the sweet and innocent sound that calms my worries and my agitation and makes me think of the things that really matter… This pure sound (most poignant in “Loyalty”) fills my heart with joy and brings me the same pleasure and warmth I feel when I watch my 1 year old little girl play and smile.

Moments like these will make me remember this score and watch the show as soon as it is released. Every now and then, a score like “Love” is all I need to feel happy.

Cue rating: 84 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 13 / 51

Album excellence: 24%


It’s Over



You Are Not Alone





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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