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Don't Think Twice
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Roger Neill
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 18 November 2016

Roger Neill's score for Don't Think Twice is released through Lakeshore Records. For eleven years, an improv group called The Commune has reigned as the big fish in the small pond of their New York improv theater. Commune members Miles, Samantha, Jack, Allison, Bill and Lindsay invent comedy without a script and without a net. They’re ingenious, they’re fast, and they build on each others’ ideas like best friends – which they also are. Night after night they kill onstage and wait for their big break. Day after day they work menial jobs to support themselves. Then they get news that their theater is shutting down, and scouts from a hit TV show come to a performance looking for talent. Only two cast members get the nod, upsetting the dynamic of the group and leaving its future in doubt. Relationships begin to crack as six best friends face the truth that not all of them will make it, and for some, it may be time to give up on the dream and move on...

Roger Neill delivers some interesting music cues for his work on Don't Think Twice. But that's really all they are - music cues. There's little of substance here and even less in the way of memorable themes. While there is no doubt it was carefully crafted to work in the movie, it just doesn't have enough about it to survive on its own merits.

The album contains 18 tracks (34 min, 25 sec) of upbeat, quirky tracks that are basically sugary sound bytes that offer nothing substantial when you stop to analyse them - but then they were never composed to be scrutinised closely.

This is a light and fluffy album that will appeal to fans of the film and anyone who likes upbeat music cues. While I can hear the essence of the movie in the tracks (which is an impressive musical feet in itself) it's not a score I'll be playing again in the near future.


Darren Rea

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