Musical Score By: Lorne Balfe

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the comedy, Dough, Jonathan Pryce is Nat Dayan, a Jewish widower looking for someone to help out at the kosher bakery he runs in London.  He hires Muslim teenager Ayyash Habimana (Jerome Holder) and his sales begin to skyrocket when Ayyash’s marijuana accidentally gets mixed into the dough.

                The musical score of Dough was created by award-winning Scottish producer and composer Lorne Balfe.  Creating music for multiple genres, Lorne Balfe first earned recognition for producing Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception.  He went on to earn nominations for his own score for Crying with Laughter in 2009.  Since then, Balfe has created musical score for feature films, documentaries and video games, including Penguins of Madagascar, Home, Terminator Genisys, Ironclad, The Sweeney, Not Another Happy Ending, Restless, American Hero, Salinger, Assassin’s Creed III, Skylanders: Giants, Beyond: Two Souls and more.

                The music Lorne Balfe has created for Dough is incredibly upbeat.  Featuring guitars and keyboards, the music is always moving and almost always positive in nature.  Being a comedy, you would expect some light music and that is definitely what you get here as the baker and his newest hire learn each other’s quirks.  Boys and a Trolley is slightly darker in nature…a couple of tracks go on that tear, as if something sad is taking place in the film, perhaps a loss or a downturn in fortunes.  However sad those scenes may be, the movie definitely ends on an upbeat tempo with The Future.  Listening to that last track, you have no doubt that the future is looking bright for this unlikely pair.

                The Dough Soundtrack is so upbeat and simplistic, I have listened to it a number of times already, using it to calm me after a rough day at work.  This is definitely a musical score that can be used to chase the blues away and an inspiration to want to see the movie it was created for.  Well done, Mr. Balfe!


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