Songs and Music Composed By: Stephen Rennicks

Performed By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In Frank, a movie based upon the fictional memoir of filmmaker and journalist Jon Ronson, Domhnall Gleason is Jon, an aspiring songwriter.  Witnessing an attempted suicide by drowning, Jon learns that the suicidal man was actually a keyboardist in an experimental band.  Invited to join the band by their manager, Don (Scoot McNairy), Jon finds himself way over his head, especially when he meets Frank (Michael Fassbender), the leader of the band who insists on wearing a papier-mâché mask wherever he goes...both on and off stage.

                The songs and score of Frank were created by Dublin-based musician and composer Stephen Rennicks.  Originally interested in architecture before getting into music, Rennicks is classically trained and has performed around the world.  Rennicks has composed for shorts, documentaries and full length feature films since the early 1990s.  His works include scores for Little White Lie, The Pipe, Happy Ever Afters and Eden.

                In creating the songs for Frank, Rennicks drew on his experiences in the late 1980s while performing in French and German nightclubs with the art-punk band The Prunes.  The resulting music is mainly avant-garde punk featuring electric guitars and synthesizers.  The synthesized notes can be extremely painful on the ears and the singing is horrid.  There are some enjoyable moments on the Frank Soundtrack, but they are few and far between.  My favorite track is Jon's Crap Songs, in which Jon works hard trying to find the perfect lyrics to create the perfect song.  The track was humorous and relatable.

                Unfortunately, the good outweighs the bad on this album which I would rate as not entirely horrible, but not really good either.  A shame really, because the previews for the film look hilarious.  The lousy soundtrack won't prevent me from checking out the film, but it would have been nice if I could enjoy the soundtrack, too.


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