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Life of the Party
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Fil Eisler
Performed: Hollywood Studio Symphony
Artists: Meghan Trainor, Evie Sands, Cyndi Lauper, The Sugarhill Gang and Chick Norris
Label: Varèse Sarabande Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 11 May 2018

Varèse Sarabande release the soundtrack to Life of the Party with an original score by Fil Eisler and a party-filled compilation of songs by artists including Meghan Trainor, Evie Sands, Cyndi Lauper, The Sugarhill Gang and Chick Norris. When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into re-set by going back to college... landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna - now Dee Rock - embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected...

For those that have seen and enjoyed Life of the Party, the soundtrack album is the perfect musical souvenir. I'm not normally a fan of soundtracks which mix score and various artists tracks, Life of the Party just about manages to get away with delivering something that movie goers will enjoy.

It opens with Cyndi Lauper's classic 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun', which is a great opener, before randomly throwing in parts of the score and other artist tracks. While most of these are instantly forgettable, run-of-the-mill Dance tracks, they capture the flavour of the film.

I did find the mix of tracks a little odd (Fil Eisler's score is sprinkled throughout) which means that what could have been the summer's essential road trip soundtrack will see you skipping through the score. While Eisler's music is functional, it's not really overly noteworthy. The only track that stood out was 'Quitting School'.

Overall, a middle of the road, unsurprising soundtrack.

Track listing:

01 - Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
02 - First Day Of School by Fil Eisler
03 - Oblivion by Five Knives
04 - Apache by The Sugarhill Gang
05 - Vagoogle by Fil Eisler
06 - Stick Up by Chick Norris
07 - The Mystery Guest by Fil Eisler
08 - Graduation by Fil Eisler
09 - Kidnapping by Fil Eisler
10 - Woman Up by Meghan Trainor
11 - Winning by Fil Eisler
12 - Photo Album by Fil Eisler
13 - Workin On My Tan Bitch [Explicit] by Blind Scuba Divers
14 - Quitting School by Fil Eisler
15 - Grizzled Wizzard by Fil Eisler
16 - Grazing Razzles by Fil Eisler
17 - Haircut For Jennifer by Fil Eisler
18 - Party Plan by Fil Eisler
19 - You've Got Me Up Tight by Evie Sands
20 - Show Of Support by Fil Eisler
21 - Cap Toss by Fil Eisler
22 - Happy Deanna Theme Sketch by Fil Eisler
23 - Mother Daughter V1 Theme Sketch by Fil Eisler
24 - Mother Daughter V2 Theme Sketch by Fil Eisler


Darren Rea

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