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27 DRESSES – Randy Edelman

January 11, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

A breezy romantic comedy starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Katherine Heigl and directed by Anne Fletcher, 27 Dresses is a film about a perennial ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’. After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, Jane Nichols (Heigl) finally resigns herself to her matrimony-less fate when her sister Tess (Malin Åkerman) accepts a proposal of marriage from her boss George (Edward Burns), whom Jane secretly loves. Into the situation comes reporter Kevin (James Marsden), a frustrated serious journalist stuck covering the society pages, and who has a view of marriage as cynical as Jane’s. Of course, this being a romantic comedy, it’s not difficult to predict what happens next.

Randy Edelman’s score is a harmless piece of orchestral fluff, typical of genre, but pleasant enough to pass 40 minutes of unobtrusive listening and provide several moments of genuine romantic affection. Edelman’s ensemble includes a string-led orchestra, solo piano and acoustic guitar, and is generally light and unassuming, accompanying Jane’s mishaps and romantic daydreams to agreeable effect.

Some of the cues are quite lovely, notably “Dreams Come True”, the vaguely Straussian “Girltalkin’” and “Anotha Cuppa Tea”, “Old Black and White”, and the Gallically-flavored “La Vie en Ring” (complete with accordions), all of which have a slight Rachel Portman-style feeling of feminine whimsy, and really sound nothing like anything Edelman has written in over a decade.

At the other end of the scale cues such as “Plans Have Changed” and the pseudo-tragic “Turncoat” have a slight twinge of bittersweetness, which is a welcome antidote to the saccharine surrounding it. Of course, it wouldn’t be a wedding score without a couple of little allusions to Wagner’s legendary Wedding March from his opera, Lohengrin. There’s also a couple of groovy montage cues, including the Hammond organ funk of “Streetwalkin’” and the light rock of “A Mad Dash for Kevin”, and even the brief hint of some action material in “Jumping Ship”.

It’s worth noting the almost complete lack of synths in this score – something which Edelman has done infrequently in his career, and which makes for a nice change here.

Rating: ***½

Track Listing:

  • A Perfect Wedding Day (2:39)
  • Keepsake (1:30)
  • Dreams Come True (2:35)
  • Plans Have Changed (1:45)
  • Streetwalkin’ (2:00)
  • Turncoat (2:23)
  • Girltalkin’ (2:06)
  • George in a Good Light (1:12)
  • Exposed Heart (1:43)
  • In Central Park (1:10)
  • Phone Intrigue (1:12)
  • Sisters (1:44)
  • A Mad Dash for Kevin (2:11)
  • Old Black and White (1:36)
  • Jumping Ship (1:14)
  • Theme from 27 Dresses (1:40)
  • Chasing Jane (2:08)
  • La Vie En Ring (0:44)
  • Headlines (1:06)
  • A Kiss Is Not a Kiss (:57)
  • Interlude (1:48)
  • Irresistible (0:58)
  • Discovering the Diary (1:27)
  • Intimate Evening (0:47)
  • Anotha Cuppa Tea (1:13)

Running Time: 40 minutes 40 seconds

Varèse Sarabande VSD-6881 (2008)

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