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The Extra Man by Klaus Badelt (Review)

posted Aug 25, 2010, 11:06 AM by Kaya Savas

Klaus Badelt's score to The Extra Man is a simple gem that shows what unique instrumentation can bring to the table. In a blend of Italian and French sounds Badelt is able to bring a special character to this score that makes it stand out. When looking at the score it is extremely simple. Simple melodies and very simple arrangements. It's one of those things that gets lost amongst composers today. Beauty strives in simplicity. Less is more. With simple themes and melodies our brain can process the emotions quicker and it won't detract from the plot we're watching onscreen.

Badelt uses an accordion and from what I can tell a ukelele? Sorry, I'm not a musician so I'm guessing it's not a ukelele. It's that Italian guitar sound from "That's Amore". Maybe it's just a guitar. Anyway, it's good. The main theme is a slowed down waltz and it adds such a delicate sensibility to the score. It creates fragile characters in a fragile environment. The score is almost shy in a way. He blends some classical qualities which add to the character and atmosphere.

The only downside to this score are the short tracks. Now, anytime you see short tracks on an album it wasn't the composer deliberately chopping his music up. It just so happens the movie didn't require long pieces of music. So, while the short tracks may fit the film's needs it does make the solo listening experience suffer a tad. Overall Klaus Badelt has delivered a very delightful and fresh score. It's extremely satisfying to see Badelt come into his own these past few years. His style took a noticeable change over the past 5 years or so. An evolution of an artist doing their craft. The Extra Man is a wonderful score that should be checked out, and since Klaus Badelt is offering it at "name your own price" including "free" there is no reason not to.