Composed By: Lorne Balfe

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Gloria is a dramatic film based on the life of Mexican pop singer Gloria Trevi (Sofia Espinosa).  The film opens with Gloria’s audition for popular composer Sergio Andrade (Marco Perez).  Having impressed Andrade, Gloria wins a spot as a member of the pop group Boquitas Pintadas, but when the group fails to take off, Andrade suggests Gloria try a solo career.  With catchy lyrics and sex appeal, Gloria Trevi soon rises to the top, but her career is sidelined by a controversial sex scandal that threatens to destroy all involved.

                The Gloria Soundtrack features original recordings of classic Gloria Trevi by the film’s star Sofia Espinosa and musical score by award-winning Scottish composer Lorne Balfe.  Receiving recognition worldwide for his compositions for film and video games, some of Balfe’s notable works include scores for Ironclad, The Sweeney, Not Another Happy Ending, Dough, Assassin’s Creed III, Skylanders: Giants, Beyond: Two Souls, Penguins of Madagascar, Terminator: Genisys, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and The LEGO Batman Movie.

                According to director Christian Keller, “We really wanted to tell the story through the music, not stop the story for a musical performance.  One of the first things that Gloria told me was, ‘If you want to know my story, just look at the lyrics of my songs.’ She is one of music’s most prolific songwriters and at every point in her life, she wrote about what she was experiencing. The songs in the film complement Gloria’s inner world, her thoughts and emotions. Instead of interrupting the plot, they support and drive the story line."  The soundtrack features mainly Gloria Trevi songs which vary from rock to pop, the lyrics touching on the pain of a love lost, deception, even a catchy tongue-in-cheek song about a psychiatrist.

                The score by Lorne Balfe is dramatic with a piano lead accompanied by acoustic and rock guitars and strings.  Our first impression of Gloria through this score is of a bright, optimistic girl, with hopes and dreams aplenty.  Synths and strings are accompanied by the main theme in Fallen in Love.  The piano and strings speak a darker tune in A Proposal, but things are upbeat again in Moving Forward.

                I found myself really enjoying the Gloria Soundtrack and have listened to it a number of times already.  Gloria Trevi’s songs are mostly fun and definitely catchy, though if you don’t know Spanish, you may be hard pressed to understand what is being said.  Lorne Balfe’s score appears to be representative of the woman herself, her pursuance of her dream and her resilient comeback after the near tragic end of her career.  Definitely worthy of a listen…or two…or three.


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