Musical Score Composed By: Brian Byrne
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In Jenny's Wedding, Katherine Heigl is Jenny, a dependable, fun, hard-working social worker and the light of her parents' life. But Jenny is hiding a secret from her family - her roommate, Kitty (Alexis Bledel) isn't exactly her roommate. The person she has met and wants to marry...well, she's actually been with that person for five years...and that person isn't who her parents think it is...it's Kitty. Will the reveal bring the family closer together, happy that Jenny has finally found happiness or threaten to tear them apart as they deal with the implications of the revelation?
The Jenny's Wedding Soundtrack features a mix of songs by various artists and a musical score created by Irish composer Brian Byrne. Moving to Los Angeles from Ireland in 2003 in an effort to expand his career as a television and film composer, he has since worked consistently as a composer, conductor, songwriter, arranger and pianist in both the United States and Europe. Film composing works include the scores of The Good Doctor, Queen of Carthage, In America, Disco Pigs, Zonad and more.
Though performed by Kristina Train and Colin Devlin, most of the songs on the album were composed by Brian Byrne, with lyrics by his wife Kasey Jones. Mary Lambert, after seeing an early cut of the film, allowed her original song, She Keeps Me Warm, to be used as well. The score complements the songs and vice versa with bits and pieces of music appearing in both. Byrne's score is piano and guitar driven and is mainly upbeat, representing the feeling of euphoria after finally releasing one's self from the lies in order to live a happy life. Moments of uncertainty and fear are represented with a lighter touch on the piano and more of an orchestral feel. The songs of the film center mainly on the idea of love, with the exception of the conga track Baile Baile Conga. And, of course, what wedding could be complete without Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.
Having seen the movie, I can honestly express just how well the music compliments both the dramatic and comedic moments of the film. The Jenny's Wedding Soundtrack actually works well as both the background music for the film and as a stand alone album. It's definitely worth a listen once it is released by Varese Sarabande Records digitally on August 21st and in CD format on September 25th.