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The Vow
(2012)
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Co-Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Composed by:
Michael Brook

Conducted by:
David Snell

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian

Produced by:
Craig Conard
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Madison Gate Records
(February 2nd, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also availabile through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... if you have infinite patience for Rachel Portman's pretty and understated techniques for innocuously romantic situations, this entry punctuated by the nice touch of guitar contributions written by Michael Brook.

Avoid it... if only a couple of minutes of genuinely warm, orchestral depth in an otherwise minimally contemporary score cannot justify a very short and rather bland, score-only album release.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,386
WRITTEN 2/25/12
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The Vow: (Rachel Portman/Michael Brook) Hollywood has a knack for "religiously sanitizing" existing concepts in the process of adapting a true story into a silver screen event, usually as an effort to seek the widest audiences possible for their products. There have been exceptions in the years prior to 2012's The Vow, most notably The Blind Side and Soul Surfer, but studios tend to avoid Christian-based messaging in movies in most circumstances. This removal of faith was the source of some discontent with The Vow, which is based upon the true story of a newly married New Mexico couple who suffered an automobile accident that left one of them without any memory of the other. They had originally met via long distance correspondence and had married due in part to their equal commitment to Jesus Christ, and their faith guided them in the process of rediscovering each other after the accident. In The Vow, however, the leads played by Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum respond to the same adversity simply because of a secular Hollywood formula and nothing relating to religion, a choice by the studio that safely yielded immense fiscal returns that made the film, for a few weeks, the highest domestic grossing movie of the year to that point. Unless you are a young man in desperate need of getting laid, there is really no reason for your demographic to witness the kind of pointless spectacle that unfolds predictably in The Vow. Set in Chicago, the movie only uses stock footage of that city as a stand-in for filming in Toronto, and equally wasted in the picture are Sam Neill and Jessica Lange in woeful supporting roles. Director Michael Sucsy tackled The Vow as his first major feature film, his only previous endeavor the popular HBO movie Grey Gardens of 2009. Reuniting with Sucsy from that project is composer Rachel Portman, long a veteran of writing innocuous music for romantic dramas. Early in the process, the director and composer agreed that Portman's history of writing broad orchestral material would not suit the personality of The Vow, and the two of them opted instead for an intimate, smaller scale presence to anchor the film in the place of an extensive song-related soundtrack. The result is still not particularly abnormal for Portman, but her method of achieving that end did take an unexpected turn in this assignment.

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I love Rachel Portman's music, but...
Michelle - September 15, 2012, at 10:31 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 26:42
• 1. A Moment of Impact (1:24)
• 2. Come Home With Me (2:37)
• 3. When We Met (2:20)
• 4. First Base (1:21)
• 5. Tomorrow Will Be Better (0:45)
• 6. An Outsider (1:14)
• 7. An Awkward Hug (1:46)
• 8. Did I Keep a Journal? (0:22)
• 9. I Could Never Get You Out of Here (1:19)
• 10. Packing It Up (2:51)
• 11. A Good Life Again (2:56)
• 12. A Few Questions (1:06)
• 13. Hard for Me Too (0:40)
• 14. Calling It a Day (1:29)
• 15. Remember (2:30)
• 16. Wedding Vows (Bonus Track) (2:02)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the collaboration between the two composers. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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