Musical Score By: Alan Silvestri
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Sony Music Masterworks
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the romantic thriller, Allied, Brad Pitt is Max Vatan, a Canadian intelligence officer stationed in North Africa in 1942. It is there that he meets French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard). Posing as a married couple to complete their mission, the two become close and actually marry in London. One year after the birth of their daughter, Max is notified by his bosses that Marianne is suspected of being a German spy. His next mission is to discover whether Marianne is a spy and, if so, execute her. Can he carry out his orders, or will love get in the way?
The musical score of Allied was created by American composer Alan Silvestri whose musical career began with performing and his dream of becoming a bebop jazz guitarist. By the age of 22, after touring as a performer and arranger, Silvestri was tapped to compose the music for The Doberman Gang. He would go on to create musical scores for such notable films as Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Contact, Forest Gump and The Walk.
The musical score of Allied features pianos, woodwinds, strings and percussion. The opening track of the album features light piano key taps that send chills up the spine. You get the idea that the main character may be in some sort of danger. The track ends with heavy percussion, woodwinds and strings, representing the Moroccan locale. As the soundtrack moves forward you can sense the love between the main characters, an upbeat theme of strings and piano found in It's A Girl. The only other light and airy track is Best Day Ever. Most of the other tracks of score are intensely dark, with heavy percussion describing the action and dark strings and woodwinds letting us in on the intrigue and danger.
My favorite part of this album though are the tracks at the end which feature some terrific big band music. I love Sing Sing Sing and was excited to find it on this album. Equally enjoyable were The Sheik of Araby, You Are My Lucky Star, JAttendrai and Flying Home, but Sing Sing Sing is my absolute favorite.
Though short compared to other Alan Silvestri scores, his composition for Allied perfectly lays out the emotional story of Max and Marianne, while the song selection reminds us of the time frame of the film. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Allied Soundtrack.