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Hector And The Search For Happiness by Dan Mangan & Jesse Zubot (Review)

posted Nov 11, 2014, 1:03 PM by Leo Mayr   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 11:33 AM by Kaya Savas ]

Ok, so when a score includes more vocals than an epic choir, I am kind of disappointed. In my eyes, a score stands out by being different to recent rock and pop (and whatever else) songs that require lyrics to tell a story. So when a score incorporates lyrics, it just does not feel right for me.

Hector And The Search For Happiness does just that. Additionally to the couple of nice tracks, there are some that incorporate vocals in the form of lyrics. There are also some tracks by various artists that do not really count as part of the film‘s original score. If you remove all the tracks with lyrics, what is left? Not a whole lot of music.
The pieces of score that are actually score can be rather nice and fun, like “About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All (Instrumental)“ but there really are not many memorable tracks or any form of development. The score either is really happy or kind of sad and depressed. Those emotions get mixed up a little, but after you‘ve listened to the entire 60-minutes of music, you are not really sure what parts were actually score and what parts were some songs used in the movie. The music is not actually bad in any way, it just does not feel like a score.

This score is lacking any form or structure as I cannot tell apart the beginning and the end or even the artists featured on the album. Maybe the score was supposed to be like that, but for me, it just feels wrong to call it a score. You might want to skip this one.