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One For The Money by Deborah Lurie (Review)

posted Feb 7, 2012, 7:44 PM by Kaya Savas

One For The Money came and went from the box office rather quickly, and I can't say I was surprised. However, this January release does hold a tiny little gem in Deborah Lurie's score. The music here is not your traditional fare as it has a very non score-like sound. The soundscape borders a smokey bar with tons of 70's/80's influence. Lurie's music sets an immediate mood as if you're hearing a performance and then the music settles into its dramatic function.

Lurie's massive background as an arranger of pop and rock comes through in flying colors here as this enjoyable score flourishes. The cool tones and catchy melodies hold strong and keep the listener involved. I think for me it was hard to really grasp the narrative within the music, but it does provide the necessary mood flavoring for the movie. There isn't anything here that's going to blow you away. There's no full orchestra and it truly represents scoring from the 80's in the best way possible. Lots of it reminded me of Hans Zimmer's Bird On A Wire and even a bit of Thelma & Louise. The tone stays light pretty much throughout. It's a fun score.

This isn't a sweeping romance score or a bouncing comedy score. It's music composed with excellent execution that fills space with a fantastic atmosphere. The band quality to the music makes you feel as if you walked into a southern bar off route 66. The sound is lively and fun. The score never really conveys any heavy emotions or character but acts purely as flavoring.