LaLa Land Records LLLCD1271
22 Tracks/Disc Time: 55:20
Biopics are hard to pull off especially if they're based on the life of a person who's made a revolutionary discovery, invented something, created something popular or just simply about a man or woman who made history in their own way such as fighting for their equal rights or personal freedoms. Films such as "JFK", "The Social Network", "Malcolm X", "Ali", "Ghandi", "The Doors" to name a few were successful films that conveyed the essence of these people and what made them so popular as they ended up being. The latest film "Jobs" deals with one aspect of the life Apple founder Steve Jobs who passed away not too long ago who practically revolutionized the computer industry as well as the digital world as we know it today with his innovative creations that include the iPhone, iPod, Apple TV and the famous, iTunes store where anyone can buy and download their favorite movies, television shows and series, music and books. Directed by "Swing Vote" writer/director Joshua Michael Stern stars Two And A Half Men's Ashton Kutcher in the lead role as Steve Jobs (which was somewhat of a controversial choice) The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. The film focuses primarily on 1971 - 2000: Apple's early years, its founding, and the up and down years. The film co-stars Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Modine, James Woods, J.K. Simmons, Amanda Crew, Lesley Ann Warren and John Getz and due to be released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Universal/Open Road Films during the Winter Season.
After a very successful and enjoyable pair up on the Kevin Costner comedy "Swing Vote", Director Joshua Michael Stern once hired on to do this film, immediately tabbed composer John Debney as the guy to write the music for this film. Debney who's career has had his major highs with films such as "Iron Man 2", "Elf", "End Of Days", "Chicken Little", "My Favorite Martian" and lows "Carpool", "Paulie", "Meet Dave" and one deserved Oscar nomination for "Passion Of The Christ". Debney's score for "Swing Vote" was a charming, low key effort that suited the film, but "Jobs" required something a little more modern to it and provided a score that matches the world of Steve Jobs as well as the technology. The score features a fusion of electronics and orchestra which feels at times much like a score that Thomas Newman would've written and probably better. However, Debney does succeed in this style and it does perfectly match the tone of the story and the film.
"Think Different" opens the album and immediately you feel and hear the scores pulsing rhythms with keyboards, an Indian sitar and soothing strings mixing in with the synthesizers. It's a nice opening and would lead to more thematic material later on in "Simpler Interface/For Everyman", "Seven Years Later/Steve Jobs The Gardener", "Recruiting Team MacIntosh", and "Going Public". There is plenty of dramatic material here that is very good and really does have a more personal feel to them as Debney uses a more acoustic orchestrial setting in "Hey Voz/The Dawn Of Computers", "First Deal", "We Got A Shop/In The Garage" as Jobss starts to put together the team that would make history and revolutionize the computer industry. The score also does feature some rather dark, poignant moments to underscore the frustrations of what Jobs is trying to accomplish personally in the tracks "The Board Acts/Steve Makes Calls", "Worst Mistake I Ever Made", "Steve's The Problem/Letter From Lisa" and "Jobs Returns/Tours Apple". These tracks in particular really do sound a bit like Thomas Newman's work, but they definitely are effective tracks nonetheless.
La-La Land's nice, polished album is a pretty enjoyable work that really does take you back stylistically back to those early 80's days with the cool guitars. Debney does a very nice job with the material here while not being one his best scores, it is a very enjoyable effort that is very catchy and upbeat for the most part. I'm going to give this one a nice thumbs up for being a nice solid work that be enjoyed by his more ardant fans. Good stuff.