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The Company You Keep (Music from the Motion Picture)


Composer: Cliff Martinez
Milan Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 02 April 2013

Based on the 2003 novel by Neil Gordon, The Company You Keep stars Robert Redford as Jim Grant, a civil rights lawyer and single father who must go on the run when a brash young reporter (Shia LaBeouf), exposes his true identity as a former 1970s radical fugitive wanted for murder.  Sparking a nationwide manhunt, Grant sets off on a cross-country journey to clear his name. The ensemble cast features Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Stanley Tucci, Terrence Howard, Julie Christie, Brit Marling and Anna Kendrick...

Cliff Martinez strikes the right tone with his score for The Company You Keep, but I have to admit that it's not a standalone album that I'd want to listen to very often. It's functional for the movie, but didn't actually stir any interest in me when listened to in isolation.

The only exception to this is 'Can't Say I'm Happy' which sounds a little to much like a track from Howard Shore's score for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The album contains 15 tracks and lasts for 47 min, 28 sec.


Darren Rea

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