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A Family Man
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Mark Isham
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 02 June 2017

Lakeshore Records release the original soundtrack to A Family Man, with music by Mark Isham. Dane Jensen is a hard-driven Chicago-based headhunter, working at a cut-throat job placement firm. When Dane’s boss  announces his retirement, he pits Dane against Lynn Vogel, Dane’s equally driven, but polar opposite rival at the firm, in a battle for control of the company. As Dane gears up for the professional battle of his life, he learns his 10-year-old son, Ryan, is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly, Dane is pulled between achieving his professional dream and spending time with his wife and Ryan, who need him now more than ever...

Mark Isham delivers some intimate themes for his score for A Family Man. It's a subtle, sweet reflective score that never gets too sentimental. Isham does an excellent job of painting the two very different worlds that Dane lives in. In fact it's the balance of cold, clinical themes as they bounce off the sweeter moments that make this score interesting.

The score contains 21 tracks (49 min, 22 sec) with personal favourite tracks including 'You Only Have One Family'; 'Elise' and 'You'd Be Proud'.

While by no means an essential purchase, there's enough quality material here to make it worth checking out. Isham does a wonderful job here.


Darren Rea

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