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Rock Dog
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Rolfe Kent
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 24 February 2017

Lakeshore Records release the soundtrack to Rock Dog. The album contains original music by Rolfe Kent and original songs 'Bodi Finds The Fire' by Adam Friedman and Kent and 'Glorious' by Friedman. For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff: Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa’s son Bodi discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. Yet that means defying his father’s wishes, heading to the city, and locating the legendary – and reclusive – musician Angus Scattergood, who needs to write a new song and fast...

Rolfe Kent delivers one of his most enjoyable scores to date. His work on Rock Dog can raise the spirits at one moment and deliver a soul touching melancholic segment the next. It's a beautiful little score and a thoroughly rewarding one.

The album contains 27 tracks (42 min, 09 sec) and pretty much covers all bases. There's quirky themes, upbeat segments and melancholic music - the perfect balance of styles.

There are so many highlights that it's hard to know where to start singing its praises. Personal highlights include 'Bodhi's Bad Aim'; 'The Yak's Ticket'; the John Williams-esque 'First Time in the Big City'; 'The Injustice of Skattergood' (which reminded me of Howard Shore's work on Big (1988)); 'Bodhi Finds the Fire'; and 'A Father's Hug'.

A surprising release.


Darren Rea

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