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The Wannabe
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Nathan Larson
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 08 April 2016

MovieScore Media offers a unique blend of '70s retro with a contemporary spin, courtesy of composer/songwriter Nathan Larson. The Wannabe follows Thomas and Rose, a couple obsessed with mob culture and the 1992 trial of John Gotti. Following his brief incarceration, Thomas hopes to get some street cred, but when he doesn’t get the recognition he thinks he deserves, he hooks up with Rose to commit a series of crimes akin to Bonnie and Clyde - but instead of targeting banks, they take on the very same mobsters Thomas idolizes...

Nathan Larson's score for The Wannabe is an electronic album with a lot of heart. This is music that is emotionally charged and quite beautiful in places. Amongst the tracks the occasional use of accordion, horns, clarinet, bass clarinet, bass and tenor saxophone is subtly interwoven with the main themes.

The album contains 14 tracks (37 min, 24 sec) and while not an essential purchase, technically what Larson's has achieved here is quite remarkable - attempting to capture the feel of '70s gangster movie music but then transport that sound into a more modern day setting.

I couldn't help by be reminded of Vangelis's score for Blade Runner when listening to the opening track 'A Gangster's Tears'.

This won't be an album to everyone's taste, but if you connect with it you'll love it.


Darren Rea

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