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The Age of Adaline
Original Motion Picture Score


Composer: Rob Simonsen
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 12 May 2015

Lakeshore Records release Rob Simonsen's score for The Age of Adaline. After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever...

Rob Simonsen's score for The Age of Adaline contains so many intricate, beautiful themes, that it's difficult to know where to start praising it. The album contains 23 tracks (58 min, 08 sec). On balance, without taking anything away from Simonsen, this reminded me of the heart-wrenchingly beautiful music that the late James Horner used to turn out with ease in the '90s. This is probably most obvious in tracks like 'No More Running'.

'January 1st, 1908' also reminded me of Danny Elfman's music for films like Edward Scissorhands, while 'Tired of Running' reminded me of the sweetest moments in Howard Shore's score for Mrs. Doubtfire.

It's a beautiful, melancholic score that is probably best described as one that's in the same vein as Horner. In fact, if you were to take Horner's finest themes and stick them together on one album then you'll have some idea of what sort of incredible feat Simonsen has managed to pull off here.


Darren Rea

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