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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Kreng
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 06 April 2018

Lakeshore Records release Kreng's score for Lowlife, a movie that explores what happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, the movie zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate, and a ruthless crime boss, connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane...

Kreng's score for Lowlife contains 18 tracks (43 min, 23 sec), but sadly is mostly comprised of atmospheric background music that goes nowhere. There are no notable themes or set piece, just a collection of meandering cues.

Technically this is no doubt perfect for the movie, but as a standalone listening experience (which I'm sure the composer never intended it to be) it just sounds flat and lifeless. In fact, it sounds more like a score for a low budget horror movie, packed full of jump cues.


Darren Rea

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