Picking up where he
seems to have left off from his work for Michael Jordan to the Max,
John Debney brings a strong dance-edge to the score for The Replacements.
Preceded by a number of pop tunes from, predominantly, the Seventies and
Eighties, we find ten tracks produced by Debney- ranging from the
aggressive The Dallas Game (6) to the surprisingly sentimental Falco
(7). However, the vast majority of the score selections are of much a more
contemporary vein with strong synthesized rhythms, blaring guitars, loops
and/or samples. Additionally, the group Font 48 performs several of Debney
in equally disappointing fashion.
this soundtrack delivers about as much as the film. It is quirky, schizophrenic,
and generally very difficult to listen to. While Debney's skills as a
composer can hardly be doubted with scores like Cutthroat Island to his
credit, it is difficult to reconcile works such as The Replacements with his
Given the plot and environment
of The Replacements, composer John Debney had a daunting
task ahead of him. Fittingly, his score for this film maintains the
cheesy appeal of the film and there is little to no reason for one to bother
with this release.