Lola Versus

Composed By: Fall On Your Sword

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            When 29-year-old Lola (Greta Gerwig) is dumped by her long time boyfriend Luke (Joel Kinneman) just three weeks before their wedding, her world falls apart.  But Lola chooses to live and with the help of her friends Henry and Alice (Hamish Linklater and Zoe Lister-Jones), she embarks on a journey filled with desperate encounters in an attempt to find her place in the world as a single woman about to turn thirty.  It's Lola Versus Sex, Lola Versus Love, Lola Versus Lola and Lola Versus the World.

            In June 2012, Lakeshore Records released two albums filled with music from the movie.  The Lola Versus Soundtrack features music from various artists such as Big Troubles, Seapony, Taken by Trees, The Crystal Cat and more.  The Lola Versus Original Score features musical score created by Fall on Your Sword, a multimedia composing entity created by Will Bates and Phillip Mossman.  Originally from London, the two met in Brooklyn, New York where they now live and record and have gained recognition as a rising force in the world of feature films.  The duo has composed musical scores for such notable films as Aardvark, Another Earth and The Normals.

            According to Fall on Your Sword, Director Daryl Wein wanted the musical score of the film to be a reflection of the main character herself and be able to fit in her world: "So in one sense it needed to sound like something that she and her friends would listen to, but, at the same time, help to portray the emotional arc of the movie. He really encouraged us to have fun with it."  Having fun meant learning a new instrument - the flugel horn - and incorporating it into the score which featured electric guitars, synths and percussion, plus hand-clapping and some on again, off again female vocals (mostly doo doo doo).  The tracks featured music with an upbeat dance feel.

            The Lola Versus Soundtrack featured quite a bit of rock, mostly punk and alternative with some pop mixed in for good measure.  I could really take or leave the songs on the soundtrack although I really did enjoy Alley Cat, an anthem of sorts for women.  This album features one track of musical score from Fall on Your Sword called Strip Club and Aftermath, a fairly funny scene with equally enjoyable musical score. 

            All in all, if I had to choose between the two, I would have to go with the rather creative and unique musical score by Fall on Your Sword.  The soundtrack music is just not to my taste, but fans of punk rock may find it enjoyable.  The score is what inspired me to check out the trailer of what appears to be a fairly funny movie and I have to say that the tracks from both the Lola Versus Soundtrack and the Lola Versus Original Score fit in quite nicely with the storyline.  A fun listening experience to be sure.


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