Home of the Brave

Composed By: Stephen Endelman

Featuring: An Original Song By Sheryl Crow

Produced by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Home of the Brave is the story of four soldiers returning from tours of duty in Iraq after a particularly harrowing experience.  Shortly before learning that their unit is scheduled to return to the United States, the soldiers are assigned to conduct a humanitarian mission.  While en route to a remote Iraqi village to deliver medical supplies, the soldiers are ambushed and the unit is decimated.  Haunted by their past and hopeful for the future, the four soldiers find returning to civilian life harder than they thought it would be.  Home of the Brave, an MGM presentation, stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) and Brian Presley and is directed by Irwin Winkler.  The musical score of the film is composed by Stephen Endelman.

            Stephen Endelman is an English-born composer who began composing award-winning musical scores at the age of eighteen.  Since his musical composition for the Tony-winning Broadway production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, Endelman has gone on to amass an impressive list of musical composition for such famous films as Jawbreaker, De-Lovely, Flirting with Disaster and more, and has also composed musical composition for television shows, such as the Knights of the South Bronx and Now and Again

            For Home of the Brave, Endleman chose a sombre approach based upon the subject matter of the movie.  The music is sorrowful, the mood sad, as the soldiers come to grips with the horrors they have just left and the home lives they are struggling to recover.  The soundtrack of Home of the Brave also features a new song written and performed by Sheryl Crow, entitled Try Not to Remember.  The lyrics perfectly represent the mix of emotions felt by the returning soldiers in this film as they struggle to forget their recent pasts and move on with their lives.

            The sadness that encompasses the entire musical score of Home of the Brave is almost overpowering.  This may deter many music lovers from buying the soundtrack in preference of something lighter or more action-packed.  However, the beauty of the score in addition to the new song by Sheryl Crow will provide excellent incentive to buy this CD.  Itís most certainly worth a listen or two and was compelling enough to make me want to see the movie.  A job well done.


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