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Album Review

If one knew nothing else about The Promotion, Alex Wurman's score would demonstrate that it is a well-meaning comedy in which no one, ultimately, gets hurt. First-time director Steve Conrad (screenwriter of The Pursuit of Happyness) employs John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott as rivals for the job of manager of a supermarket in Chicago. Wurman is no stranger to comic and lighthearted fare, with credits that include previous entries in the comedy universe of Reilly and his off-and-on partner Will Ferrell (Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), though his most notable score in connection with this one may be his music for March of the Penguins. There as here, Wurman manages to be playful and engaging, employing an orchestra to play melodies and create sounds in a warm, engaging manner with a sense of fun. It all comes together at the end in a lengthy piano theme the title of which expresses resolution: "Four Handed Promotion."

Customer Reviews

Excellent music!

This album captures all the humor of the movie perfectly, on top of it, Wurman weave's fantastic melodies with interesting and quirky orchestrations. I highly recommend the album!

The other songs not on this soundtrack...

For anyone looking for the rock/pop/rap songs from "The Promotion" that supplement the Wurman score, they are: "Maneater" by Clair Marlo and her Orchestra (not available here); "Born to Move", CCR; "Tonight I Have to Leave It", Shout Out Louds; "She Belongs to Me", Via Audio (not available here); "Put Your Hands Up", P-Live (not available here); "Harness and Wheel", Kingsbury Manx; "Fly Like an Eagle", Steve Miller Band; "Rise", Public Image Ltd.; "Time for Me to Fly", REO Speedwagon; "Don't Be Scared", Andrew Bird; "Turn it On", Flaming Lips.

Too bad this movie isn't better known, because it's terrific.

Answer to non-review

There are many of us that love the "background music" as you call it from films. You ask why bother releasing the background music?? go buy your pop albums with singing and leave the scores to us and stop complaining. And go check out the scores to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Aliens, Braveheart, Gladiator, Psycho, and Raiders of the Lost Ark and then tell me that it is "just background music." Alex did a great job on this quirky soundtrack. Bravo Alex.

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