Thank You for Your Service
Musical Score By: Thomas Newman
Distributed by: Sony Classical
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Based on the non-fiction book by David Finkel, Thank You for Your Service stars Miles Teller as Adam Schumann, a highly decorated soldier coming home after a harrowing fifteen-month tour in Iraq. One would think that returning home to Kansas, to his wife (Haley Bennett) and two children, would be a wonderful affair, but Adam is suffering from PTSD due to his failure to rescue a soldier from a building under fire and guilt over letting another soldier take his place on a patrol in a Humvee that hits an IED. Nightmares and flashbacks cause him to seek the aid of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two fellow soldiers (Joe Cole, Beulah Koale) who toured with Adam in Iraq are also going through the same thing and each deals with their PTSD in very different ways.
The musical score of Thank You for Your Service was created by award-winning composer Thomas Newman. Growing up in a musical family, Thomas Newman seemed pre-destined to get involved in a career focused on music. Studying composition and orchestration at the University of Southern California, Newman went on to graduate from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music. Beginning with his first gig scoring the television series, The Paper Chase, Newman has created musical score for a number of well-known projects including The Paper Chase, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Erin Brockovich, Finding Nemo, Road to Perdition, WALL-E, Towelhead, Revolutionary Road, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more.
The musical score for Thank You for Your Service is incredibly somber, as well it should be. PTSD is a very serious disorder plaguing our veteran soldiers. The score is orchestral with some electronic sound and sound manipulation. Flashbacks and nightmares feature reverberation and an echo effect, as well as sound distortion. The most upbeat track on the whole album is Jax which features a lighter sound and acoustic guitars. But, for the most part, this is a score that reflects the emotions of those suffering from PTSD – the flashbacks, the nightmares and the daily struggles just to try to live a normal life.
Thus, the score may be a bit emotionally dramatic and dark for your average collector, but fans of Thomas Newman will want to get a hold of this album simply because it is so dramatic. The musical score is perfect for the subject matter and that makes the Thank You for Your Service Soundtrack well worth the listen.