Title - 'Rebel In The Rye' (Original Motion Picture Score)
Artist - Bear McCreary
Well, if you didn't know anything about this movie, much as I didn't either, here is the quick synopsis: 'Rebel in the Rye' is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed and written by Danny Strong.
It is based on the book J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski, about the life of, well, a young writer J. D. Salinger during World War II.
The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Brian d'Arcy James, Victor Garber, Hope Davis, and Lucy Boynton.
And adding to his hugely impressive list of soundtrack scores, this wonderfully captured, heartfelt soundtrack score has been composed by the brilliant Bear McCreary.
1. 'Innocence (Theme from Rebel in the Rye)'
2. 'Early Writing'
3. 'Giving the Time'
4. 'Sowing Your Wild Oats' (feat. Jeffrey Hoeppner)
5. 'A True Writer'
6. 'Oonlight Serenade'
7. 'Impending War'
8. 'Celebration at the Stork Club'
9. 'Typewriter Drums'
10. 'Simply Grand'
11. 'Inspiration at War'
12. 'Wartime Anxiety'
14. 'Writing Catcher'
15. 'Coming Through the Rye' (feat. Raya Yarbrough)
16. 'City Without the City'
17. 'A Request from Whit'
18. 'He Was Writing'
19. 'Rebel in the Rye End Credits'
Bear wrote this 19 track soundtrack score in such a manner that he actually took steps to ensure that the great Elmer Bernstein would have been proud to have listened to it. Opening with the quiet, yet beautiful piano-led 'Innocence (Theme of Rebel In The Rye)', we move seamlessly on to the emphatic strings of 'Early Writing', before the swing club vibes of 'Giving The Time' and 'Sowing Your Wild Oats' (feat. Jeffrey Hoeppner) are brought forth.
The stirring 'A True Writer' is one of my own personal favorites here as it truly transports you to a place where, if you yourself are stuck within your mind, wafts you away; frees you of any worries, open yours eyes to possibilities ahead. Indeed, a lot of the tracks feature moments such as those, and throughout this album its clearly evident that a great sense of time and devotion has gone into its creation from Bear.
Indeed, as Bear himself has said, "Over the first fifteen years of my professional career, I have worked frequently in various fantastical genres, but I have never scored a historical period drama (at least not one that did not involve time travel). Rebel in the Rye presented an opportunity to apply dramatic lessons I had learned from observing Elmer so many years ago, and to explore a different side of my musical voice."
Progressing onward with more jazz club fever on the .44 second 'Celebration at the Stork Club', and moving through the genius combination of typewriter keys and drums on the appropriately titled 'Typewriter Drums', the soundtrack just gets better and better as it heats up. Another stand out is 'Bananafish', which is backed by the free flowing piano styling of 'Writing Catcher.'
The simply gorgeous 'Coming Through The Rye' featuring the vocals of Raya Yarbrough is yet another two thumbs up, and the score comes to a close on profoundly grounded notes within 'A Request From Whit', 'He Was Writing', and then rounds out with revisited musical themes previously explored here in 'Rebel In The Rye End Credits'.