Love Happens

Love Happens

by Christopher Young


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Composer Christopher Young's score for the romantic film Love Happens was not immortalized on a soundtrack album at the time of the theatrical release, but finally appeared three weeks after the movie became a DVD. The lag may be some indication of its mediocrity. Young has a gift for coming up with music better than the movies he scores, but that gift has generally been applied to horror films (e.g., Drag Me to Hell), not to love stories, and he is a very busy composer. For Love Happens, he has come up with a cute little theme first heard in the opening track that sounds like it's about to turn into Tony Hatch's "Downtown," the Petula Clark hit from 1965, but never quite does so. Elsewhere, as the acoustic guitars are strummed and the pianos caressed, he sometimes seems to be going for the kind of minor-key contemplative music favored by Thomas Newman, but without the quirkiness Newman likes to throw in. None of the music is particularly compelling, at least for the first 16 tracks. Then, there are seven more "bonus tracks," pushing the album to a length of 67 minutes. It's not clear what is meant by "bonus tracks," but this is not music consistent with what has gone before and, presumably, not actually heard in the film. It sounds like these might have been alternate ideas Young worked on for the score, and if so, maybe they should have been used instead. "A Dissonant Discourse" is an interesting percussive track, while "Why the Hell Am I in Heaven?" is mildly funky, and "Fast Toward the Eye (Of Lorelei)" is a much more developed and satisfying theme than the one that dominates the main score. It's too bad the composer only gets to show his talent in the addendum, but the album certainly is better for the additions.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: La-La Land Records
UPC: 0826924112427
catalogNumber: 1124
Rank: 81523

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christopher Young   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Robert Brosseau   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Darius Campo   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Maurice Grants   Cello
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Miran Kojian   Violin
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Dane Little   Cello
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Robin Olson   Violin
Ian Walker   Bass
John Wittenberg   Violin
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Gary Nesteruk   Piano
Nancy Roth   Viola
Christina Soule   Cello
Sebastian Toettcher   Cello
John Walz   Cello
Michele Nardone   Violin
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Norman Ludwin   Bass
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Darrin McCann   Viola
Armen Anassian   Violin
Lynn Grants   Viola
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Eve Butler   Violin
David Johnson   Marimbas
Liane Mautner   Violin
Denise Briese   Bass
Eric J. Hosler   Violin
Ana Landauer   Violin
Paul Henning   Violin
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Shoshana Claman   Violin
Laura McLean   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Andrew Spence   Piano
Joohyun Park   Piano,Vocals
Karl Vincent-Wickliff   Bass
Kenneth Yerke   Violin
Donald Ferrone   Bass
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Chris Ermacoff   Cello
Amy Hershberger   Violin
Jonathan Timpe   Percussion
Marc Sazer   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
David Russell   Percussion
Peter Jandula-Hudson   Viola
Victoria Lanier   Violin
Tiffany Gyomberg   Vocals
Ingrid Schnell   Vocals
M.B. Gordy   Percussion

Technical Credits

Mark Banning   Art Direction
Robert Fernandez   Engineer
Christopher Young   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Matt Verboys   Executive Producer
Samantha Barker   Film Music Coordinator
Max Blomgren   Producer
Tiffany Jones   Score Supervisor
Brandon Verrett   Orchestration
Scott Stuber   Executive Producer
Joohyun Park   Score Coordinator
Philip Cohen   Music Business Affairs
Konstantinos Christides   Orchestration
Mark Buys   Score Coordinator
Brandon Camp   Executive Producer

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Love Happens 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I purchased this CD, I thought it would have all the songs from the movie. I was very disappointed that it is all instrumental, although beautiful, it's not what soundtracks usually contain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago