A Street Cat Named Bob

Musical Score By: David Hirschfelder

Songs By: Charlie Fink with Luke Treadaway

Distributed by: Sony Music Masterworks

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on the book by James Bowen, A Street Cat Named Bob stars Luke Treadaway as James, a recovering addict who spends his days performing his music on the streets to earn money.  His life is transformed the day a stray cat breaks into his apartment to eat his corn flakes.  When he canít find the owner, and discovers that the cat is injured, he takes it to a charity vet to be treated.  The two become inseparable and Jamesí life begins to turn around.

                The soundtrack of A Street Cat Named Bob features songs by Charlie Fink and a musical score by David Hirschfelder.  British singer, songwriter, producer and filmmaker Charlie Fink is best known as font man to the indie band Noah and the Whale.  Australian musician and composer David Hirschfelder has performed keyboard for a number of bands, including Little River Band, Pyramid, CAB and more.  In the early 1990s, he tried his hand at composing, creating the musical scores for Skirts and Shadows of the Heart.  Since then, he has created musical scores for such notable films as Strictly Ballroom, Shine, Elizabeth, Peaches, Australia and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

                The score of A Street Cat Named Bob features the dual states of James Bowenís life.  The first track of score, looking for paradise contains a somewhat unsteady and somewhat sad piano mixed with electronic sound that seems to blur everything, perhaps representing James when he is high.  As the music moves forward and James seeks to rebuild his life, the music becomes lighter in nature, sometimes featuring pianos and guitars, but most often featuring synths and electronic sound.  Cold Turkey is one of the most dramatic tracks, beginning rather dark and ominous, but eventually becoming upbeat as James turns the corner toward recovery. 

                The songs on this album are performed by Luke Treadaway and are very upbeat in nature.  Best described as folk songs, each feature acoustic guitar and keyboards with lyrics about making the best out of life, cherishing the happy moments (Satellite Moments), holding on to hope (Don't Give Up), taking a chance on life (Roll of the Dice), acceptance (You Need This in Your Life) and more.  The songs are upbeat and positive in nature, representing Jamesí hope for recovery and a better life.

                I wanted to see this film even before I heard the soundtrack, but now that I have listened to the music of A Street Cat Named Bob, I want to see it even more.  The songs and music spin a positive story about a man trying to rebuild his life and making a friend along the way to help him on his journey.  There is no doubt that James Bowen credits his recovery with his best friend Bob and this music goes a long way in enhancing the positive message the film and the book it was based on conveys.  Definitely worth checking out.


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