"Thanks For Sharing"
(Score Album) Soundtrack Review
Milan Records MIL36645
19 Tracks/Disc Time: 33:06
Romantic comedies can be hit or miss and when they hit big like in the cases of "Sleepless In Seattle", "You've Got Mail", "Love Actually", "The Notebook" and "The Vow" to name a few, can be memorable. While others may not be a hit but they at least show an effort to add something unique to the genre like in cases of films such as "Blind Date", "Worth Winning" and "Love Jones". "Thanks For Sharing" is a rather unique case in that the film deals with the issues of sexual addiction, which isn't exactly a topic that you'd consider for a romantic comedy to begin with. With a rather appealing cast that includes Mark Ruffalo ("The Avengers", "Now You See Me"), Oscar Winner Gwyenth Paltrow ("Iron Man", "Shakespeare In Love"), Oscar Winner Tim Robbins ("Mystic River"), Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous") and music superstar Alecia Moore (Pink) makes for a rather appealing film. The film directed by "Keeping The Faith" co-writer and producer Stuart Blumberg, the film deals with three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction. Adam (Ruffalo)who is five years in recovery soon finds himself in a possible relationship with new prospect Phoebe (Paltrow). Mike(Robbins) Adam's sponsor has his hands full with the sudden arrival of estranged son, Danny (Fugit) who's a substance abuser and downward spiraling newbie Neil (Josh Gad) who winds up the unlikely friend-in- need to a fellow female member, Dede (Moore).
While the film is mostly an indie production it does have some high quality and this is not doubt aided by the original score by the very busy and talented Christopher Lennertz, who scored a big hit earlier this year with the comedy, "Identity Thief". Lennertz who's star has been rising over the last few years with terrific scores for films such as "Horrible Bosses" and "Cats And Dogs: The Revenge of Pussy Galore", has really built a solid and engaging style that makes him the perfect choice for a film such as this. His score will remind some of the always excellent Thomas Newman, with its' fusion of cool electronics, strings and vibrant soundscapes. The score is also quite similar to Marco Beltrami's "The Sessions" which was a very engaging and vibrant work along the likes of this one.
Lennertz immediately establishes his main theme for the score ("Thanks For Sharing Theme") a nice piece for solo piano that is pensive and full of reflection and is the springboard for the score's secondary theme "Hymn For Hope", a nice piece of music dominated by a soothing cello solo. Lennertz has some tender fun with tracks in the Thomas Newman mold in "Adam And Phoebe" and "Bike Ride", which have flavorable pop sensitivity to them and he also emulates Newman more so in other tracks such as "I'm Scared And I Need Help", the percussive "Sensory Overload", "Meditation And Progress", "Danny At AA", the stark electronics of "Descent And Relapse" and the moody and atmospheric, "Darkness". The score ends with a couple of nice tracks that perfectly capture the essence of the score in "Theme For Four Celli" and "Thanks For Sharing Suite", which perfectly reprises all of the scores' best themes into a nice six minute track.
Milan Records' album is very brief at just over thirty minutes and it works for what it is, but I found myself wanting a little more than what Lennertz had done here. I love hearing Thomas Newman's work but when someone else tries to do it, well it really doesn't work. Newman's style is definitely one of a kind and while I truly respect Lennertz's effort, this didn't work for me. I found myself wanting to shut it off a few times but clearly couldn't out of respect and some good tracks are on here like I mentioned, but others were just a bit of a turn off for me. This score is highly recommend for ardent fans of the composer as well as Thomas Newman in light mode. Overall, I can't recommend it, but I do respect Lennertz's professional efforts here. He definitely has better scores ahead of him.