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The End Of The Tour by Danny Elfman (Review)

posted Jul 23, 2015, 6:25 PM by Koray Savas   [ updated Jul 23, 2015, 6:28 PM ]

The End Of The Tour is director James Ponsoldt's follow up to the 2013 indie hit The Spectacular Now. Jason Segel stars as writer David Foster Wallace and chronicles his five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg. The film is not too far off tonally from the likes of Gus Van Sant, giving composer Danny Elfman a familiar realm to write for. However, character dramas such as these leave little room for an original score to effectively persuade the audience, making The End Of The Tour a rather niche listen away from the film.

Elfman's consistently insane scoring schedule leaves him little room to breathe, but the way he his able to diversify his career and tackle conflicting genres and moods is certainly one of his most appealing talents as a composer. The music here is honestly nothing special taken out of context, but how it services the performances on screen and enhances the characters' emotions is ultimately what is important. The score is only 23 minutes long on album, excluding the included source music, but it is enough to transport the listener into that cold melancholic air within the movie. This is something that can help blur the background noise to let one focus on their thoughts or feelings, but do not expect to return to this one over and over. Elfman utilizes soft strings, gentle piano, and subtle percussion to create a low-key musical blanket to help seal the story in. The score remains static for the most part, but there is some nice development and build in "The Shoe."

The End Of The Tour is a very specific type of film score from Danny Elfman. His ability to service the picture takes priority over melody, leaving us with a simple and reflective album that is mostly hollow, but an appropriate companion piece for the movie. In terms of a listening experience, there are better options out there, but if one is in the mood for a quiet and mellow tune session, then this could be the right choice.