Christopher Gordon is not necessarily a name many will recognize, but those that do can tell you to check him out. Despite a relatively small and selective filmography, Gordon's scores tend to radiate beauty and delicacy. From his work on the grand Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World to the gorgeous Mao's Last Dancer, Gordon is a composer that is able to really nail the tone and scale of a project. Adore is no different in that regard, the minimalistic qualities and simple melodies matching well with the story of two childhood friends falling for each other's sons.
The score is written primarily for piano, with supporting strings, which both accentuate the scandalous sensuality of the narrative tremendously well. The piano melodies feel like they move in circles, creating a hypnotic minimalist overtone that lures you in to the musical journey. Aside from being simply beautiful, the orchestration feels right at home in the family drama genre. It echoes a faint Thomas Newman vibe in that sense, which is not necessarily a slight, but it does prevent the music from standing out above other genre scores of similar style. "Adore" opens the album with a treatment of the main theme, a fast, rhythmic, and pulsing melody that resembles the flutter of your heartbeat when you are with someone you love (later heard in "Two Mothers"). "Alone" and "Discovery" both create a sense of unease and suspicion. Very moody pieces that tap into the forbidden desires felt by the characters; lovely in their structure and tone. "Time And Tide" closes out the album with a swirl of the two aforementioned moods and feelings. Here, Gordon blends the main opposing forces of the story into one cohesive piece, love versus restraint.
While Adore does not actively stand above other family drama scores, Christopher Gordon is able to impressively blend and turn complex emotions into a streamlined journey brimming with alluring musical phrases and thematics. The minimalistic flow of the score leaves you feeling light-headed and reeling, almost drowning you in the pleasures and sorrows that love brings.
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