Musical Score By: Germaine Franco

Soundtrack Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


               Based on a true story published in The Wall Street Journal, the comedy Tag is a group of grown men who spend one month of a year playing the game of tag.  Hoagie (Ed Helms), Bob (Jon Hamm), Chilli (Jake Johnson), Kevin (Hannibal Buress) and Jerry (Jeremy Renner) have been playing tag since they were kids, but now that they are adults, the game has much higher stakes.  Risking their jobs and relationships for their game, this year’s challenge also coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player.  He knows they’re coming and he’s ready, but will he finally fall victim to the battle cry, “You’re It!”

               The musical score of Tag was created by Germaine Franco, the first Latina composer invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, music branch.  An accomplished percussionist who has performed with several major international orchestras and artists like the Hollywood Symphony, the World Orchestra, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Sergio Mendes and more, Franco began her foray into film music working alongside such notable composers as Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Randy Newman, Gustavo Santaolallla and Michael Giacchino.  Some of her composing credits include the scores for Dope, Walk with Me, Vida, Public Disturbance, Life-Size 3, Chiefs and Dora the Explorer.

               The Tag Soundtrack features a mix of orchestral, electric and electronic sound.  Being a comedy, the score begins with that playfulness most comedy film scores have – short cues with comedic undertones.  But then, things start getting more serious.  The tracks start getting longer and there is more of a fast-paced, electronic and percussion led vibe to the music.  There’s a little bit of a spy/action thriller feel to the score at this point.  Things are a bit more fun toward this part of the album and there is definitely an adrenaline-rush pumped into the score.  The final track, Dove's Loophole, is different, with a choir that offers up an ethereal quality and grows in intensity.  You get the feeling that a surprise victory has occurred. 

               While I found the Tag Soundtrack to be interesting and, at times, fun, I think the album could have been better if some of the songs played during the film were added in.  That being said, I think the score created by Germaine Franco is perfectly suited for the film.


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