Answers to Nothing

Musical Score By: Craig Richey

Music by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Answers to Nothing follows the intertwined lives of six individuals set against the backdrop of a child abduction.  The movie progresses through five days of the life of the single parent detective assigned to the abduction case, her friend whose determination to get pregnant blinds her to the fact that her husband is cheating on her, a school teacher obsessed with the abduction, a beat cop still grieving over his wifeís violent death, a recovering addict and her wheelchair-bound brother preparing for the LA marathon and an African American television writer whose search for love is hampered by self-loathing.

            The soundtrack of Answers to Nothing features songs by various artists such as Nico Vega, Imagine Dragons, Brian Vander Ark, Coby Brown and Jump Jump Dance Dance.  The musical score was created by American composer Craig Richey.  A graduate of the Julliard School of Music, Richey is known for his unique approach to creating musical scores, as witnessed with his musical score for Greenlit in which he fashioned instruments from garbage and recycled materials to reflect the documentaryís message.  His composing credits include music for such films as Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money, The Gymnast, The King of Kong, Gardens of the Night, Wonderful World, The September Issue and A Marine Story.

            The musical score of Answers to Nothing is not exactly upbeat.  The first track, Romantic Story, has a European romantic flare, but for the most part, the musical score found on this album is rather sad.  The songs arenít much better in that aspect, reflecting anger, sorrow, pain and disfunction.  All of this goes far in representing the lives of each of the individual characters found in the film, but it doesnít do well as a stand alone album.  This is not something I will want to listen to over and over again as it may put me in a depressed state of mind.

            The Answers to Nothing Soundtrack may fully represent the film and the music may have been created/selected perfectly for the tone of the movie.  However, as a stand alone album, the songs and musical score may serve as a real downer for any listener.  My prediction is that this soundtrack will collect quite a bit of dust while on the music store shelves.


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