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Make Us Dream
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Roger Goula
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 23 November 2018

MovieScore Media release the soundtrack to sports documentary Make Us Dream, composed by Roger Goula. The movie takes its title from the book that chronicles Liverpool FC's legendary 2013/14 season with a focus on Steven Gerrard, one of the best midfielders of his generation and captain of the English national football team. Featuring original interviews with both family members and team mates, the filmmakers had unprecedented access into chronicling Gerrard’ mercurial career...

It's weird. I'm not a fan of football, never have been, but this is the second football documentary score I've reviewed and both have been incredibly engaging (One Night in Turin was the other).

Here, Roger Goula (Shock Head Soul) has opted for a modern approach focusing on guitars to carry the main themes. While this could have aged the score quickly, there's a timeless quality here that makes it hard to work out if it's an old score or a modern one. That alone should ensure that the music ages well.

Talking about the soundtrack, Goula said: "Sam Blair [director] and I agreed that we wanted to work with both acoustic and electric guitars as the core instruments of the soundtrack to reference the Liverpool musical traditions with an amalgamation of pop/rock/folk instruments and a more classic cinematic strings section. For cues about Steven Gerrard’s biggest challenges ('The Real Game') experiment with rough electric guitars reversed loops as well as bass drum ‘ostinatos' played through tape delays and a percussive use of the string orchestra to capture the player’s thoughts and feelings of responsibility."

It's an interesting, layered score which you should check out even if you're not a football fan.


Darren Rea

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