- Composed by John Debney
- Lakeshore Records / 2011 / 26:44
“Can sex friends be best friends?” ponders the tagline of No Strings Attached. Clearly, this is a film of huge significance and importance. As such, I am exclusively willing to reveal that I am willing to participate in an experiment to find out. I have asked my representatives to get in touch with Natalie Portman and will share the results of our test in due course. I only hope I don’t wear her out. One thing I’m unlikely to wear out is this CD, a very charming but very predictable romantic comedy score from John Debney.
You know the drill: guitar, pizzicato strings, a few quirkier moments, a sweeping finale. That’s the rule and there’s no breaking it. These scores are typically very pleasant and this is no exception – hard to find fault with the music, which does its job well. The quirkier moments actually come in the opening track, which promises something a bit more (whistling is an unusual ingredient to add to the recipe, but sadly Debney doesn’t really explore that style much further). The rest is fairly standard stuff – a demerit is the very short length of most of the cues (18 of the album’s 21 tracks are shorter than 90 seconds – coincidentally also the length of time I anticipate my first bedroom-based liaison with Ms Portman to last); a positive is that it really is full of charm. Won’t win any awards, but it’s an entertaining bit of lighter listening. ***