Music Composed By: Benjamin Gibbard

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the romantic comedy style= Laggies style=, Keira Knightley style= is Megan, a 28-year-old woman with no career prospects style= and no motivation style=.  Comfortable lagging behind while her high school friends celebrate adulthood milestones style=, Megan is shocked into reality when her high school sweetheart (Mark Webber style=) proposes marriage style=.  Panicking, she hides out at the home of a teenager named Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz style=), whom she befriended during an alcohol-driven night on the town.  But when she meets Annika's single dad (Sam Rockwell style=), things start to come into perspective for Megan.

                The musical score of Laggies was created by Benjamin Gibbard style=, lead singer and songwriter for the multi-Grammy style= nominated indie-rock band Death Cab for Cutie style=.  He has recorded eight albums with the band, and a number of his songs have found their way onto movie soundtracks.  Gibabrd's first foray into movie scoring came in 2006 with the documentary Kurt Cobain - About a Son style=Laggies would be Gibbard's first feature film score.

                The music of Laggies features acoustic and electric guitar, piano, synths and tambourines.  The score is actually a series of short tracks featuring varying incarnations of the final track, It's Never Too Late style=.  The song, featured during the end credits, urges the listener to keep faith and to know that they are not alone in their struggles.  As Megan struggles with becoming an adult and taking the reins in her life, she is aided by new-found friends who are rooting for her to succeed.  And in the end, she sets the tone as a mentor style= for Annika. 

                The Laggies Soundtrack style= is actually a fun listen and the short tracks leading into such a meaningful song make you want to listen to the album again and again.  If Benjamin Gibbard's band ever fizzles out, he definitely has a future in film scoring.  His score for Laggies is definitely well-worth the listen.


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