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Bad Trip
Music from the Netflix Film


Composers: Joseph Shirley and Ludwig Göransson
Label: Sony Music Masterworks
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 26 March 2021

Sony Music Masterworks release Bad Trip: Music from the Netflix Film by composer Joseph Shirley with additional music by Ludwig Göransson. The album features music from Netflix’s newest comedy starring Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery. The 18-track album includes 'Bad Trip Suite', a score track showcasing the album’s distinct mix of hip-hop rhythms and more traditional score instrumentation, and 'I Saw a Girl Today', which features showtunes-style vocals from the film’s lead Eric Andre...

The soundtrack to Bad Trip is a bit of a hidden gem. It opens with 'Bad Trip Suite' (4 min, 33 sec) which basically lays out the vibe for what is to come. This, as well as 'The Fight' and 'Run for the Bus', were the main highlights for me. There was a depth and beauty here that is rarely found on projects of this nature.

In all honesty, I'd recommend this score on just those three segments alone, but there's still plenty to discover and enjoy. The song, 'I Saw a Girl Today' is a tongue in cheek homage to musical theatre. There's also a nice mix of traditional orchestrated music and modern electronic themes. And every now and then a hip-hop sting is thrown in for good measure.

This is a delightful score that constantly surprises.


Darren Rea

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