With two high-profile romantic comedies currently in theaters, it’s pretty clear that film composer Aaron Zigman is having a good summer. Following the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds comedy The Proposal, which was released earlier this summer, Zigman’s work can now be heard in the Gerard Butler/Katherine Heigl “battle of the sexes” flick The Ugly Truth. But don’t let his most recent rom-com work fool you, Zigman has also collaborated on many of Nick Cassavetes’ films, including John Q, The Notebook, and most recently, the weepy My Sister’s Keeper. Zigman is also Tyler Perry’s go-to composer, working on The Family That Preys, Meet the Browns, Madea Goes to Jail, and Why Did I Get Married?, among others.

For The Ugly Truth, Zigman employs a mixture of light mystery (“Your Producer”, “The Dinner”, “Abby Calls Mike”), driving feux-rock (“Get the Stain Out”, “Jello Twins”), and dreamy “love interest” ditties (“The Kiss”, “The Ugly Truth”, “Who Would Love”) – you know, typical romantic comedy fare. The music is catchy, but with all 35 tracks comprising a total of 38 minutes of music, there’s not much chance for listeners to really dig themselves into the music. Zigman has a way of telling a story even with very brief snippets of composition, however, with his score work here, it often seems like the same story is being told repeatedly: jumpy string-work seems to permeate every track, from the slightly panicky “Closet” to the quietly thrilling “Duck Cacciatore.” The sexiness of “Black Dress” and “Cat Escapes” and the comically suave “Thank Your P***y For Me” offer unique bits of sound within the world of this score, but as each of these tracks is around a minute long  they’re not able to pull the listener out for long enough to make much of an impression.

It’s clear that Zigman’s work provides a smooth mixture of comedy and softness which is ideal for your standard romantic comedy (which this film is). But while his vibes may work perfectly in the film (evoking laughter and emotions at all the right moments for those willing filmgoers who need a (strong) push in the right direction) his music feels a little familiar and almost uneventful on its own. It’s not that the music itself is uninteresting, it’s just hard to really appreciate a score when it’s mostly divided into 45 second chunks.

Zach’s Rating: C+
Perfect For: Anyone that wants to relive moments from the film – just remember, “moments” is all these brief tracks offer
Stay Away if: You’re looking for the actual soundtrack, featuring “Pocketful of Sunshine” and other songs from the film

To purchase the soundtrack for The Ugly Truth, visit Amazon

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