With a host of songs invoking the elements (Donovan’s “Catch the Wind,” Pete Droge’s “Under the Waves,” Bob Sinclair’s “Shining From Heaven”), the producers of the soundtrack for the new “middle-age girls gone wild” flick Bonneville seem to be aiming for a certain free-spirited sentimentality, and if that’s what you want, you got it.
Despite the questionable inclusion of Chelo’s annoying tune “Cha Cha” – something like a mix between Ricky Martin and a karaoke machine, the rest of the soundtrack maintains a slightly rugged suburbanite mix of edgy fun tracks (you can just see a backyard barbeque sequence set to the Lazlo BaneÂ song “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”)Â followed by a melodic score provided by up-and-comer Jeff Cardoni (“CSI:Miami”, Where the Red Fern Grows).
It’s the score work that sets this soundtrack apart from the typical slightly safe, slightly throwbackish soundtrack theme films like this go with, though it might have worked better if the composed pieces were sprinkled throughout the album rather than gathered at the end. Each short score track (the longest is just over two minutes) adds a touch of emotion to an already emotional story. Some listeners might find the pieces a bit forceful, as the strings rise and fall, seemingly demanding that you contemplate the storyline and shed a few tears, but for those involved in the story already, it’s a fine mix of sappiness and real discovery.
Zach’s Rating: B-
Perfect For: Any free-spirited middle-aged woman looking for a feel good soundtrack
Stay Away if: You’re not a free-spirited middle-aged woman looking for a feel good soundtrack
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To purchase the Bonneville soundtrack, visit Amazon