Draft Day

Musical Score By: John Debney

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In light of the recent real life NFL Draft that took place a week ago, I decided to take a listen to the soundtrack of the movie Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary.  In the film, Kevin Costner is Sonny Weaver, Jr., the Cleveland Browns General Manager.  The movie takes place during the fictitious 2014 NFL Draft and Weaver is interested in rebuilding his team.  The favorite for first pick is a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (Josh Pence), but Weaver isn't sure that this pick would be the best for his team.  Juggling issues in both his personal and professional life, can Weaver make the right choices that will placate both?

                The musical score of Draft Day was created by American composer John Debney, a man whose musical career seemed to be his destiny in life.  Beginning with guitar lessons at the age of six, the son of the Disney Studios producer Louis Debney displayed a knack for music.  He began playing in rock bands during college and secured a spot in the composing business with help from Mike Post and Hoyt Curtin.  Working on scores for television, including Sea Quest DSV, Star Trek: The Next Generation and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Debney eventually moved into movie score composition with his first feature length film Hocus Pocus.  Since then, Debney has created scores for a number of popular films, including The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, The Relic, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sin City, Valentine's Day, The Call, The Passion of Christ, Spy Kids 1 & 2, Hatfields and McCoys and more.

                The Draft Day Soundtrack features a score that is a blend of orchestral music, guitars and keyboards.  There is a definite sense of time pressure signified by the ticking clock sounds via percussion and/or keys in tracks like Seattle Transition, Buffalo, Brown on the Clock and War Room.  There is also a sense of personal drama in tracks like Bathroom Mirrors, a dramatic and somber composition in which one gets the sense that Weaver is doing some soul searching.

                Despite being a daunting 34 tracks in length, the Draft Day Soundtrack tops out at just under an hour's worth of music.  The score is dramatic and fast paced, reflecting the personal and professional drama of a general manager under pressure to do the right thing in his personal life as well as for his team.  Debney has created an interesting score that serves well as both background music for the film and a stand alone album that tells a story.  The Draft Day Soundtrack is well worth the listen.


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