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Everly by Bear McCreary (Review)

posted Feb 4, 2015, 12:37 PM by Kaya Savas

You can always count on Bear McCreary to deliver a score that is totally unique to the film yet so familiar to his sound. While Everly is a B-movie at best, it seems we have gotten some of Bear’s most fun work from movies like this (see Knights Of Badassdom). The story of woman whose ex-boyfriend puts a hit out on her while she is in her apartment, is an over the top action romp. She fends off the hoards of bad guys for this generic action flick that comes heavy on the violence and heavy on the closeups of Hayek's derrière. However, leave it to Bear to have some fun with it and deliver a decent score infused with melody and flair.

Everly is an electronic based score that works on a fundamental level. It’s percussive and displays a forcefully continued momentum. The Japanese percussion and string work adds just a hint of ethnic touches to the music, but it never strays from its propulsive roots. Now, percussion is probably one of McCreary’s best assets as a composer. I would hold him next to John Powell in terms of how well he utilizes percussion, and honestly that is the core of this score. There are some songs to add a Christmas flair from Bear’s brother, Brendan McCreary. As well as Bear’s wife, Raya Yarbrough. The songs don’t mesh that well with what Bear is doing with the score, but provide the juxtaposition needed within the context of the film. Overall the film moves to a somewhat satisfying climax, and Bear delivers it with the 7-min track titled “Taiko”. Everly is nothing complex and nothing worth extensive analysis, but when Bear gets in his percussive mode it's hard not to dive right in.

Everly won't wow you or surprise you. This is a straight-forward action score. Bear delivers the goods and gives us a gritty electronic score that is driven with percussion. A slight Japanese flair finds its wait into the score’s quieter moments. The build of it reminded me slightly of Bear’s score to Dark Void, which I love. The music works best when it just embraces its synth foundation and goes for adrenaline. This is a fun score, and it probably wouldn’t have been if Bear was not composing. But since he placed his awesome melodic and percussive stamp on this, it's worth checking out for sure.