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SILCD1304 The Boys Are Back

The Boys Are Back
The Boys Are Back
Hal Lindes, Various Artists


As composer Hal Lindes observes: “On first listening, ‘The Boys Are Back’ score appears deceptively simple. Understated and restrained notes carefully plucked from an intimately recorded acoustic guitar.  It’s only when viewed in context of the film’s rich emotion layers that the true complexity of the score comes to light.”

The choice of music came about in a seemingly effortless way. While driving through South Australia, looking for locations for the film, director Scott Hicks found himself listening to subdued acoustic guitar-based music. Keen to avoid the trap of sentimentality, the directors’ decision not to have a conventional movie score has pointed him in the direction of guitar virtuoso Hal Lindes, formerly of Dire Straits.

Hal Lindes brings emotional restraint to the fragile and multi-faceted guitar score: “The challenge was not so much about what the yet to be created musical score would need to say, but more about what the music would not say, thus allowing the film to speak for itself.”

Best described as understated and restrained, the score perfectly fits Clive Owen’s heartfelt performance as a father who must cope with profound loss and put his family back together. Already tipped for an Oscar, Owen’s performance brings forward the sensitive, expertly crafted exploration of the bond between a father and his sons. Undeniably, The Boys are Back is a funny, touching, vital movie, Scott Hicks’ best work since his 1996 Oscar-nominated film Shine.

Tracklist

1. The Boys Are Back – Hal Lindes
2. Fljotavik – Sigur Ros
3. Water Fight – Hal Lindes
4. All The Wild Horses – Ray LaMontagne
5. Joe & Laura – Hal Lindes
6. Katy’s Garden – Hal Lindes
7. This Wasted Life – Mayfield
8. Joe’s Office – Hal Lindes
9. Family Photos – Hal Lindes
10. Harry & Artie Home Alone – Hal Lindes
11. The Fix – Elbow
12. Journey To England – Hal Lindes
13. Love Me, Chase Me – Carney
14. Don’t Abandon Us Now – Hal Lindes
15. Paddington Farewell – Hal Lindes
16. You Belong To Me – Carla Bruni
17. The Boys Are Back (Reprise) – Hal Lindes
18. Ara Batur – Sigur Ros
19. Don’t Abandon Us Now (Revisited) – Hal Lindes

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