Rachel Getting Married

Music By: Various Artists

Musical Score By: Donald Harrison, Jr. and Zafer Tawil

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            What happens when a troubled young woman returns home from rehab just in time for her sisterís wedding?  A weekend of music and family fun suddenly turns topsy-turvy as built up tensions threaten to bubble to the surface in the middle of the wedding.  In Rachel Getting Married, Anne Hathaway stars as the cynical and sardonic Kym who, with her flare for drama, finds a way to steal the attention away from her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) yet again, this time at her own wedding.

            The soundtrack of Rachel Getting Married contains music performed by various artists, some of whom star in the film.  The musical score is composed by Donald Harrison, Jr. and Zafer Tawil.  Touted as The King of Nouveau Swing, producer, writer, singer and saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr.ís music is a blend of acoustic swing, modern R&B, hip-hop, jazz and reggae.  Zafer Tawil is a Palestinian musician and composer based in New York City.  A virtuoso of the oud, violin, qanun and master of Arabic percussion, Tawil has performed with numerous well-known musicians, including Sting, Simone Shaheen, Cheb Mami, Elliot Sharpe and more.  Tawil has worked on numerous film soundtracks including the Palestinian documentary, Until When.

            The music found on the Rachel Getting Married Soundtrack is rather eclectic in nature.  Thereís some jazz, blues, rock, and R&B and quite a few tracks with an exotic flare.  Songs written and performed by the actors are okay, but nothing really special.  The one traditional track found on the album, Here Comes the Bride, turns out to be anything but traditional.  Brooklyn Demme and Barry Eastmond, Jr. perform quite possibly the worst, most overdone rock-style rendition of the song that made me want to cringe.  The most enjoyable track belongs to Sister Carol East, an incredibly enjoyable reggae song called Dread Natty Congo.

            For the most part, the Rachel Getting Married Soundtrack is less than memorable and not really worth the money or the time spent listening to it.  This is a soundtrack that I would rather have passed on.  The movie may have gotten rave reviews, but the soundtrack is a bust.


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