Harry Gregson-Williams and David Buckley – “The Town”

Album Reviews | Oct 31st, 2010

Record Label: Silver Screen Records
Genre: Film Score
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Ben Affleck sits back down in the director’s chair to direct, co-write and star in The Town. The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall and Blake Lively. I’m not too certain what the story is about but I believe it’s centered around a Boston bank robbery. The score was composed by both Harry Gregson-Williams and David Buckley. If you like Gregson-Williams’ electronic/computerized scores, this is up your alley.

Harry Gregson-Williams worked with Affleck on his first directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone and he returns again for this film. The opening track “Charlestown” is a bit haunting, but I like the second track “Bank Robbery” better. You can obviously tell that’s when the action is happening. But even with an action cue like that, it’s still subtle in its approach. I like how the track “Healing and Stealing” starts off; it reminds me of the piano motif used in Road to Perdition from Thomas Newman. Tracks like that one and “The Necklace” were tracks I really liked for The Town.

I think the mood Gregson-Williams and Buckley were going for was ominous and mood music. I’m sure this works well in the movie, but scores like this sometimes get boring for me. That’s how I feel anyway. It’s worth listening to at least once, or if you took notice when watching the movie, then give the score to The Town a listen.

Bottom Line: An okay score from Harry Gregson-Williams and David Buckley but could have been better I think.
Notable Tracks: Bank Attack, Healing and Stealing, The Necklace
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