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No Strings Attached by John Debney (Review)

posted Jan 29, 2011, 8:49 AM by Kaya Savas

Romantic comedies are hard to score. The score can draw such a fine line as being either heartfelt or schmaltzy. There is always a dramatic point in "romcoms" because there's always that point in the film where it seems like they won't be together (even though we know they end up together). Another thing John Debney had to deal with here is that the film is loaded with tons of songs, which is an unfortunate hurdle for any composer. When your score has to create character and atmosphere amidst tons of pop songs then it becomes tough. For instance this score release is only 26 minutes and many of the tracks are between the 45 second to minute and a half mark.

With that being said the score has a hard time creating a flow. When the music comes in sporadic bursts of melodies it becomes a choppy experience, and not just as an album listening experience. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to compile this album but even in the film when there is this little score the music becomes awkward. What's here though is decent. Debney does a good job without going overboard. The score stays small with light piano and guitar motifs. Some electronics are used to round the edges and give it a bit of a modern feel towards the start. I suppose you could call this one a traditional romantic comedy score. The melodies at play here aren't bad they just aren't anything new.