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The Replacements by John Debney

Composed and Conducted by John Debney
Executive Producer: Robert Townson
Released by Varese Sarabande August 2000


Q-Review

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.

 

 


Unfortunately, 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 obvious abilities.

The Bottom Line

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.

 Category

Score

Rating: 2/10

 Originality

1/10

 Composition 1/10

 CD Length

5/10

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