Destination Wedding

Musical Score By: William Ross

Soundtrack Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


               In the romantic comedy, Destination Wedding, Frank and Lindsay (Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder) are two strangers who find themselves traveling to California wine country for a destination wedding.  Neither are very happy about the event and, as it turns out, the two have a great deal in common.  Both hate the bride, the groom, the idea of a wedding and each other.  But the more they isolate themselves from the other guests, the more they seem to get thrown together, until the most unlikely of events takes place.  Could it be that there is a bond in all that negativity?  Is that worth even exploring?

               The musical score of Destination Wedding was created by American orchestrator, conductor, arranger, musical director and composer William Ross.  Ross has worked with a number of musicians and composers like John Williams, Alan Silvestri, John Powell, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Andre Bocelli, Josh Groban, Quincy Jones, Sting and more.  Beginning in the early 1990s, Ross has created musical score for a number of notable projects, including Tin Cup, The Evening Star, Tuck Everlasting, Ladder 49, Driftwood and more.

               The score of Destination Wedding is actually rather quirky.  The minute the music starts, you can tell this is the score for a comedy.  The first track, Photosynthesis, has a jazz feel, complete with plucked bass strings, jazz snares, cymbal strikes and piano.  Itís a fun track that one can imagine playing along with the characters as they prepare for the flight to this destination wedding.  Then comes the title track and its conquistador horns leading into an exotic sounding end.  Adjoining Rooms begins a hapless sort of theme that can be found throughout the rest of the score, featuring accordion and guitars.  Itís the sort of score that has you imagining Frank and Lindsey doing everything they can to try to avoid each other, but finding themselves thrust upon each other despite it all.

               The Destination Wedding Soundtrack features a cute score that fits in well with a romantic comedy.  I have no doubt that the score created by William Ross fits the storyline perfectly.  Nice work!


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