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P.S. I LOVE YOU
Standard (but really enjoyable) chick-flick score
A review by JAMES SOUTHALL
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Album cover copyright (c) 2008 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.; review copyright (c) 2008 James Southall
A chick flick to end all chick flicks (according to my girlfriend, anyway), P.S. I Love You sees a young widow receive a number of communications from her late husband, written before he died and setting her off on a number of adventures to ease the pain of his passing. I'm not entirely convinced myself, but given the biological difference between me and the target audience I suppose it doesn't really matter what I think. Of course, it matters a great deal what I think of the score - words can barely describe the importance of the two paragraphs which will follow - and I must start by saying it's great that composer John Powell has done something a little different from most of his recent fare, in light of comments I've made in the last couple of his albums I've reviewed.
Having said that, this is a score which is more defined by the album cover than by the composer - the credit could say "Music by David Arnold" or "Music by Hans Zimmer" or anything in between and I don't suppose it would actually sound very different. Light, fluffy orchestral pop music, with guitars and synths finding their way in, is the order of the day - the tunes are catchy, the playing professional, the recording favourable - it's a very pleasant album.
The important question is then, I guess - what does this score have to offer to people who already own several albums for romantic comedies? The answer is probably - nothing. It's lovely music, it really is, and if you don't already own a few film score albums with pictures of people kissing on the front and the film's title in mock-handwritten script, you would certainly do well to check it out. Otherwise, perhaps it's most-suited to Powell diehards and to those who genuinely do love this sort of light score - the classic case of a score about which I can find nothing bad to say, but to which I find it hard to believe I will ever listen.