Dan in Real Life

Dan in Real Life

by Sondre Lerche


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While in the beginning stages of making his film Dan in Real Life, director Peter Hedges went looking for someone to provide music the way Cat Stevens did for Harold and Maude or Simon & Garfunkel for The Graduate, someone to filter the meaning and feel of the movie through his songs. It's hard to argue with his choice; ever since his first record, 2002's Faces Down, Sondre Lerche has proven himself to be a fine chronicler of romantic confusion and winsome melancholy. Lerche was part of the process from almost the very beginning, even attending auditions for main characters and sleeping overnight in the house where the film was shot. The album is made up of a couple of songs from previous albums (a jazzy take on Elvis Costello's "Human Hands" from 2006's Duper Sessions; "Modern Nature," his lovely duet with Lillian Samdal from 2002's Faces Down; and the peppy "Airport Taxi Reception," one of the highlights from 2007's Phantom Punch), plus newly recorded songs. It being a soundtrack, there are several short instrumental pieces, most featuring Lerche on acoustic guitar with subtle backing from pedal steel, trumpet, or piano. They're all very pretty and surely sound nice when sprinkled through the film, but what makes this soundtrack very good are the actual songs Lerche composed for the film. Best of the lot is the lilting and sweet-as-punch "To Be Surprised," but the others are nearly as good, especially "Hell No," a witty duet between Lerche and a very snappy Regina Spektor. Along with short instrumentals, another thing you're sure to find on a soundtrack are stunt covers, easily recognizable songs rendered with a heavy dose of ironic hipness as an easy way to get audiences hooked without seeming like you're pandering to them. Here Lerche adds syrupy strings to Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door" and escapes pretty harmlessly, but A Fine Frenzy's stilted take on "Fever" makes one wish that Congress would pass a bill banning future covers of the song. At the end, (if you leave off the covers) the soundtrack presents a clear picture of Lerche's talent and the high quality of his songs and performances. It probably won't make him a huge star like soundtrack work did for Stevens and S&G, but it might hook a few people who had never heard of him before. Good for them and good for Lerche. He deserves every break he can get.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2007
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099950867929
catalogNumber: 08679

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sondre Lerche   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Pump Organ,Finger Snapping
Emily Mitchell   Harp
James Genus   Upright Bass,Finger Snapping
Sandra Park   Violin
Laura Seaton   Violin
Mary Wooten   Cello
Rebecca Young   Viola
Keith Carlock   Drums
Erik Halvorson   Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel
Morten Skage   Bass,Upright Bass
Kato Ådland   Organ,Banjo,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ole Ludvig Krüger   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vibes
Are Ovesen   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Sonny Kompanek   String Arrangements,Harp Arrangement
John Davenport   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Face Down   Arranger
Lawrence Manchester   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jason Stasium   Engineer
Tony Hoffer   Producer
Erik Halvorson   Arranger
Sondre Lerche   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Harp Arrangement
Kato Ådland   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Ole Ludvig Krüger   Guitar Arrangements
Jon Shestack   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jørgen Træn   Arranger,Engineer

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Dan in Real Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Sondre Lerche before Dan in Real Life, but it was a very good thing i watched that movie because his music is very original and has a wonderful quality. I enjoy his voice and the music arrangements.
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