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Soundtrack review: Dough (Lorne Balfe – 2016)

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Soundtrack review: Dough (Lorne Balfe – 2016)


“Dough” is a 2015 movie directed by John Goldschmidt in which A Jewish widower (Jonathan Pryce) hires a Muslim teenager (Jerome Holder) to help out at his kosher bakery in London, and sales skyrocket when the latter’s marijuana is accidentally mixed into the dough. Lorne Balfe wrote the score.

Of course on Lorne Balfe’s very large easel there is a spot for feel good and relaxing guitar tunes, the kind that bring the rays of light in romantic comedies. I am so familiar with this sound and it hits right that niche I am never tired of, the Rob Simonsen niche that’s nothing but light and joy. I’ve listened to every Lorne score and even if we only count the fifty (ok, only 20, but still) compositions from the last couple of years, this one has a special place. I have rarely heard him write so light and yet so poignant.

You know what you get with a score like “Dough”; you get that feeling of a Sunday afternoon you never want to end, a summer Sunday afternoon that you spend relaxing in the open air that dissipates the worries of the week. Every now and then clouds come to hide the sun and you hear a cue like “Boy and a trolley” but you welcome even that chili breeze because it caresses your skin. Then it goes away and the sweet and unmistakable melancholy and gratitude of summer takes over again.

Simple, almost minimalistic and charming, “Dough” is that playful guitar driven score that leaves me with a very good feeling inside once it’s over. Just as long as it needs to be, it’s the equivalent of seeing a child play with a balloon in the park, carefree and happy. Lorne also managed to squeeze in a theme in here and that’s no small feat; you can hear it best in “Prayer”. Enjoy this one.

Cue rating: 81 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 6 / 24

Album excellence: 24%


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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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