Love Happens

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Christopher Young's score for the romantic film Love Happens was not immortalized on a soundtrack album at the time of the theatrical release, but finally appeared three weeks after the movie became a DVD. The lag may be some indication of its mediocrity. Young has a gift for coming up with music better than the movies he scores, but that gift has generally been applied to horror films e.g., Drag Me to Hell, not to love stories, and he is a very busy composer. For Love Happens, he has come up with a cute little theme first heard in the opening track that sounds like it's about to turn into Tony Hatch's "Downtown," the Petula Clark hit from 1965, but never ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Christopher Young's score for the romantic film Love Happens was not immortalized on a soundtrack album at the time of the theatrical release, but finally appeared three weeks after the movie became a DVD. The lag may be some indication of its mediocrity. Young has a gift for coming up with music better than the movies he scores, but that gift has generally been applied to horror films e.g., Drag Me to Hell, not to love stories, and he is a very busy composer. For Love Happens, he has come up with a cute little theme first heard in the opening track that sounds like it's about to turn into Tony Hatch's "Downtown," the Petula Clark hit from 1965, but never quite does so. Elsewhere, as the acoustic guitars are strummed and the pianos caressed, he sometimes seems to be going for the kind of minor-key contemplative music favored by Thomas Newman, but without the quirkiness Newman likes to throw in. None of the music is particularly compelling, at least for the first 16 tracks. Then, there are seven more "bonus tracks," pushing the album to a length of 67 minutes. It's not clear what is meant by "bonus tracks," but this is not music consistent with what has gone before and, presumably, not actually heard in the film. It sounds like these might have been alternate ideas Young worked on for the score, and if so, maybe they should have been used instead. "A Dissonant Discourse" is an interesting percussive track, while "Why the Hell Am I in Heaven?" is mildly funky, and "Fast Toward the Eye Of Lorelei" is a much more developed and satisfying theme than the one that dominates the main score. It's too bad the composer only gets to show his talent in the addendum, but the album certainly is better for the additions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • UPC: 826924112427
  • Catalog Number: 1124
  • Sales rank: 133,796

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christopher Young Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov Violin
Robert Brosseau Violin
Denyse Buffum Viola
Darius Campo Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Endre Granat Violin
Maurice Grants Cello
Clayton Haslop Violin
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Carrie Holzman-Little Viola
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Miran Kojian Violin
Janet Lakatos Viola
Victor Lawrence Cello
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
Dane Little Cello
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Robin Olson Violin
Ian Walker Bass
John Wittenberg Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Gary Nesteruk Piano
Nancy Roth Viola
Christina Soule Cello
Sebastian Toettcher Cello
John Walz Cello
Michele Nardone Violin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Norman Ludwin Bass
Pete Anthony Conductor
Jennie Hansen Viola
Darrin McCann Viola
Armen Anassian Violin
Lynn Grants Viola
Irina Voloshina Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Eve Butler Violin
David Johnson Marimbas
Liane Mautner Violin
Denise Briese Bass
Eric J. Hosler Violin
Ana Landauer Violin
Paul Henning Violin
Sharon Jackson Violin
Shoshana Claman Violin
Laura McLean Violin
Robert Brophy Viola
Andrew Spence Piano
Joohyun Park Piano, Vocals
Karl Vincent-Wickliff Bass
Kenneth Yerke Violin
Donald Ferrone Bass
Marlow Fisher Viola
Amy Hershberger Violin
Jonathan Timpe Percussion
Marc Sazer Violin
Tamara Hatwan Violin
David Russell Percussion
Peter Jandula-Hudson Viola
Victoria Lanier Violin
Tiffany Gyomberg Vocals
Ingrid Schnell Vocals
M.B. Gordy Percussion
Technical Credits
Mark Banning Art Direction
Robert Fernandez Engineer
Christopher Young Composer, Producer, Orchestration
James Nelson Digital Editing, Mastering
Matt Verboys Executive Producer
Samantha Barker Film Music Coordinator
Max Blomgren Producer
Tiffany Jones Score Supervisor
Brandon Verrett Orchestration
Scott Stuber Executive Producer
Joohyun Park Score Coordinator
Philip Cohen Music Business Affairs
Konstantinos Christides Orchestration
Mark Buys Score Coordinator
Brandon Camp Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

    Disappointed

    When I purchased this CD, I thought it would have all the songs from the movie. I was very disappointed that it is all instrumental, although beautiful, it's not what soundtracks usually contain.

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    Posted March 2, 2010

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