In Your Eyes Soundtrack & Score
Composed By: Tony Morales
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Described as a paranormal romance, In Your Eyes, a film written by Joss Whedon, stars Zoe Kazan as Rebecca Porter, a young woman unhappily married to a very successful doctor. Michael Stahl-David is Dylan Kershaw, a troubled young man who has just been released from prison. Living on opposite sides of the country, Zoe and Michael can't be more different, but they share an incredible bond that neither can explain...especially considering that they have never met or even spoken to each other...except in their minds.
In July 2014, Lakeshore Records released two albums celebrating the music of In Your Eyes. The In Your Eyes Soundtrack features songs by various artists including Andrew Johnston, Ray Beadle, Eddie Ray, Opus Orange and more. The In Your Eyes Score features musical score by composer Tony Morales, a man whose foray into music began when he learned to play the guitar at the age of six. After years of performing with local bands, Morales turned his attention toward film scoring. Since then, he has contributed to or solely composed a number of musical scores for television and film, including Just Shoot Me, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, Warehouse 13, Iron Man 3, Now You See Me, Unstoppable, The Town, Hatfields & McCoys and The Change-Up.
According to Morales, "The goal of the score was to come up with a sound that felt romantic and other worldly at the same time. In Your Eyes is a love story at its core, but it does have a supernatural angle that was important to express." It is that approach to the score for this film, and the fact that I don't often read promotional material for film scores until after I listen to them, that had me shaking my head, wondering what this film was about. What I heard was a mostly somber orchestral score featuring leads by piano or guitar, sometimes mixed with the sounds of a female vocalist. There really didn't seem to be much in the way of mood changing until the final tracks, Make a Break for It and Together at Last, which, I suppose, sums things up in a nutshell as far as this romantic film goes.
The soundtrack, however, told me more about this film. Mostly songs about love, the soundtrack features a decent mix of alternative rock, blues and R&B. From the first track, Go Get Another Dream by Andrew Johnston, we understand that someone in this film is unhappy with the life they are living. Through the lyrics in this track, we realize that the person Andrew Johnston is singing to is simply never satisfied. Ray Beadle's Temptation is a hot bluesy rock track about someone who feels that as hard as they work, they can't seem to catch a break. Now that I've read the PR on this album, I can say that this would be Dylan's theme. Resurrection Fern by Iron & Wine is an alternative, folksy song that seems to describe people walking through life somewhat mindlessly. It's not until The Riot's Gone, an alternative track by Santigold, that we realize this movie is about the hope of finding that one person that can make you feel safe and loved.
The rest of the In Your Eyes Soundtrack tells the story of the film in quite an enjoyable way. There were only two tracks I wasn't crazy about. One is Crumblin' by Noah Maffit and Jessica Freedman, a song written by Joss Whedon. It's not so much the song - Whedon doesn't do too bad on the lyrics - it's the vocals...the singer sounds like Tom Jones and I'm just not a fan of that voice. The other track is Break-Up, the only bit of score featured by Tony Morales on the album and not even the best example of Morales' score.
To sum things up, I think Lakeshore Records could have gotten away with releasing one album here. By combining some of the better moments in the score with the songs in the soundtrack, Lakeshore Records could have had a longer album that featured the best of both worlds. By releasing two separate albums, with one featuring only a marginally enjoyable musical score, the record company pretty much guaranteed that one of those albums would remain dusty on a shelf. I recommend checking out the In Your Eyes Soundtrack and skipping the score.