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American Folk
Original Score


Composer: Ben Lovett
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 26 January 2018

Lakeshore Records release the original score for American Folk, with music by Ben Lovett. When their plane from Los Angeles to New York is grounded on the morning of September 11, 2001, strangers Elliott and Joni are unexpectedly thrust together amidst the chaos of that historic day. With little in common but both needing to get to NYC urgently, they accept help from Joni's family friend Scottie who lends the duo a rusty old 1972 Chevy Van. The shock and stress of 9/11 quickly threatens to derail their cross country journey until the pair discover what they do have in common: a love for old folk songs...

Ben Lovett's score for American Folk is mostly comprised of sweet, but not very engaging atmospheric background cues. The music washes over you but doesn't really work as a standalone album of thematic set pieces in its own right.

While I did enjoy these 13 tracks (22 min, 42 sec) I didn't really take that much away from it. It's not a release I'll be returning to again in the future, mainly because there's not enough substance here for it to work outside of the movie. However, if you're a fan of the film, you'll no doubt relish the opportunity to own this.


Darren Rea

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