Music By: Bear McCreary

Songs By: Brendon McCreary

Distributed by: Sparks & Shadows

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the action thriller Everly, Selma Hayek stars as a Yakuza prostitute whose attempt to help the police take down the organization is discovered by Taiko, the Yakuza crime boss.  As an act of revenge, Taiko sends hired killers out after Everly and her family, but what was supposed to be an easy hit turns out to be a surprising challenge.

            The Everly Soundtrack features a musical score by Bear McCreary, an American composer known for his action-packed scores.  Making his break-through with the score for the revamped Battlestar Galactica series in 2004, McCreary has created a number of musical scores for television and film, including The Cape, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Rest Stop, Europa Report, Defiance, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead and more. 

            Bear McCreary often employs his brother Brendon McCreary and his wife Raya Yarbrough to assist him with songs and the Everly Soundtrack is no exception.  Taking place during Christmas, the songs on the Everly Soundtrack are Christmas-based, featuring new songs and nicely performed versions of old favorites like Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Silent Night.

            An action film, it is no surprise that Everly should contain a score that is adrenaline pumping.  Bear McCreary excels at this sort of score and the Everly score contains quite a few cues from other McCreary creations like Battlestar Galactica and Defiance.  The music contains an Eastern feel as a nod toward the Yakuza storyline.  Action sequences feature an industrial metal sound and what would a Bear McCreary action film be like without those drums!

            The Everly Soundtrack is actually a great deal of fun to listen to.  A complete dichotomy featuring Christmas carols on a backdrop of action and terror.  Songs of peace on earth and good will toward men are met with a heart-pounding action score that screams of danger and death.  Bear McCreary and family do it again with this awesome soundtrack that I couldn't recommend more.


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