For A Good Time, Call...

Composed By: John Swihart

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the 2012 comedy For a Good Time, Call..., Lauren Miller is Lauren Powell, a somewhat aloof overachiever who finds herself all alone in New York City.  Her old college frenemy, Katie Steele (Ari Graynor) is a free spirit who faces losing a dream residence in Gramercy Park unless she finds a roommate.  The two make do with living together, barely speaking to one another until Lauren learns just how Katie has been supporting herself.  Horrified by the idea at first, Lauren finds herself joining Katie as a second phone sex operator when she loses her job.  A friendship develops from their business partnership, but are Lauren and Katie prepared for the unexpected challenges coming their way?

            On September 18, 2012, Lakeshore Records released two albums featuring music from this film.  The For a Good Time, Call... Soundtrack features music from various artists like The Generationals, Mary Wells, Mack Winston & the Reflections and more.  The For a Good Time, Call... Score features music composed by John Swihart, an American composer who left his home in Bloomington, Indiana to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  After years of drifting from band to band, Swihart decided it might be a good idea to set up a studio.  He also joined the Blue Man Group, performing in their New York and Las Vegas shows.  Creating musical scores for a number of independent films, it wasn't until his breakout project, Napoleon Dynamite, in 2004 that he started attracting notice.  Since then, Swihart has created musical scores for created musical scores for Youth in Revolt, Employee of the Month, Go On and How I Met Your Mother and is working on scores for Nailed, Happy and Bleeding and Odd Thomas.

            The musical score of For a Good Time, Call... is somewhat quirky and very theme oriented.  Performed mainly by synths accompanied by occasional woodwinds and guitars, the score is relatively calm until the sixth track on the album, Hairy Soap.  The fervor with which the music is performed is evidence that something rather telling...or rather disgusting has been discovered in the scene for which this is composed.  There are a couple of interesting tracks of score on this album, but for the most part it was pretty straightforward and uninspired.

            The soundtrack, however, is much more interesting, featuring songs that span the genres of rock, pop, R&B and punk.  I found myself singing along with quite a number of the album's tracks, which focus on relationships with quite a few ups and downs.  I loved the catchiness of the lyrics in Back and Forth by Operator Please, the classic video game meets punk style of By Your Hand by Los Campesinos! and the indie throw back style of He Knew by Chalk & the Numbers.  I loved the smooth vocals of Mary Wells on Operator and found Come Come by Hot as Sun to be quite catchy and somewhat familiar. 

            All-in-all, I found that while the For A Good Time, Call... Soundtrack was a whole lot of fun and featured extremely enjoyable songs, the For A Good Time, Call... Score felt like a supreme waste of time.  I couldn't understand why they even bothered releasing the whole musical score on its own album, especially when you consider the lengths of some of its tracks.  If forced to chose between the two, the soundtrack is the one you should go for.  You really aren't missing anything with the score.


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