Today, for some reason, I just couldn’t get the soundtrack of ‘Begin Again’ out of my head.
To those of you unfamiliar with that title, it’s a musical film released in 2013 starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightly and Adam Levine.
It’s a story about a girl finding music in NYC and her pretentious douche of a boyfriend also finding music in NYC and then this old music producer looking to make a comeback also finding music in NYC.
What I liked about the soundtrack though is that unlike normal musicals, this isn’t packed with almost anthemic group numbers, instead containing a lot of lighter and more fresh pieces with simpler melodies and vocals.
True, Keira Knightly’s warbling takes time to get accustomed to but the music is solid and fits the NYC theme.
“Tell me if you wanna go home’ by Keira Knightly is probably my favorite track off the album. It’s light, free and beautifully arranged.
1. You don’t need an epic love story or a world-toppling revolution for a successful musical.
2. Unresolved tension between characters in a movie can do wonders for it’s appeal.
3. Lyrics contribute A LOT for a song’s awesomeness. Period.