Music Composed By: Benjamin Gibbard
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the romantic comedy Laggies, Keira Knightley is Megan, a 28-year-old woman with no career prospects and no motivation. Comfortable lagging behind while her high school friends celebrate adulthood milestones, Megan is shocked into reality when her high school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes marriage. Panicking, she hides out at the home of a teenager named Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz), whom she befriended during an alcohol-driven night on the town. But when she meets Annika's single dad (Sam Rockwell), things start to come into perspective for Megan.
The musical score of Laggies was created by Benjamin Gibbard, lead singer and songwriter for the multi-Grammy nominated indie-rock band Death Cab for Cutie. 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. 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. 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 for Annika.
The Laggies Soundtrack 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.