Musical Score By: John Debney and Nick Urata
Song By: Arlan Feiles
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the comedy, The Cobbler, Adam Sandler is Max Simkin, a shoe repairman working in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Max is bored with his life and unhappy in his work, until a family heirloom allows him the ability to walk in another man’s shoes, seeing life in a whole new way. But with this knowledge comes a responsibility. Is Max up to the task?
The musical score of The Cobbler was created by the composing team of John Debney and Nick Urata. The son of a Disney Studios producer, John Debney began taking guitar lessons at the age of six and performed in rock bands while in college. He became involved in musical scoring while working at Disney, arranging music for various areas of the theme park. He would eventually go on to score for television and movies for such diverse projects as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Sea Quest DSV, Hocus Pocus, The Princess Diaries, Elf, The Passion of Christ, Hatfields and McCoys, Houdini, Draft Day, Walk of Shame and Stonehearst Asylum. Nick Urata is best known as the front man of the internationally acclaimed band DeVotchKa. He began his venture into film scoring in 2006 with the film Little Miss Sunshine. Since then, he has worked on creating music for Crazy, Stupid, Love, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Joneses, Waiting for Forever and more.
According to John Debney, “Tom McCarthy (director)…was clear in his approach. Tom wanted to create a Klezmer tinged score that would provide a sharp and fun counterpoint to the movie's wacky sensibilities. Working with Nick Urata was a pleasure and I feel we came up with some fun and different music.” The resulting score is clarinet driven with some accordion, jazz brass and percussion. The music is somewhat tongue-in-cheek at points and I could tell right away that this score had been created for a comedy, though until I read the promotional material, I thought The Cobbler might be an animated film. The score is fun and quirky until the track Ma Passes, which is rather sad. After that track, things start to get interesting and the score changes dramatically, speeding up and expressing an edgier feel. Step Into My Shoes, a song by Arlan Feiles, appears at the end of the album and sums up the whole film by reminding us that we can never know a person until you have lived in their shoes.
The Cobbler Soundtrack is a fun and enjoyable listen that perfectly embodies the comedic moments of the film, while still adequately expressing the dramatic moments as well. I think fans of John Debney’s work will enjoy getting their hands on this album.