That Awkward Moment

Musical Score By: David Torn

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, is a romantic comedy that explores the moment in a romantic relationship when the parties involved must decide where the relationship is going.  Are we just dating to enjoy each other's company, are we over or is this something that deserves to go to the next level?  In short: "So...where is this going?"

                The soundtrack of That Awkward Moment features songs by various artists and a musical score by American composer, guitarist and producer David Torn.  With relatives in showbiz, it wasn't a stretch to believe that Torn would find a niche and join in the family business.  He just took a different route than most of his cousins, preferring to perform and record with a number of  bands in the 70s and 80s.  In the 1990s, the removal of a brain tumor caused David Torn to be deaf in one ear, but he still had the ability to compose, record and perform music.  It was in the early 2000s that Torn tried his hand at film scoring and since then, he has created musical scores for such notable films as The Order, Friday Night Lights, Believe in Me, The Wackness, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and more.

                The songs found on the That Awkward Moment Soundtrack have a definite techno dance bordering on punk style heavy on synths and electric guitars.  The first two songs on the album Closed Shades by Crozet and After Dark by Night Drive are perfect examples of what you will find on the rest of the album.  After Dark's lyrics remind me of new lovers willing to do anything that the other wants as long as they can be closer to one another.  The songs are rather club-ish in nature, with the exception of Tales and Truths by Black Apples, a rock ballad that speaks of a relationship on the edge of dying, and I Don't Recall by Lavender Diamond, a ballad that speaks of love lost.

                David Torn's musical score is a mix of ambient sound, acoustic guitar and a jazz style.  According to Torn: "The score's orchestration uses a cross-bred, creative approach to orchestration; there are definitely some modern synths along with a contemporary approach to rhythmics, while most of the score is played with strings, piano, gamelan and upright bass, all married together with unique guitars and my own textured ambiences."  I found the score presented quite a contrast to the songs on the album, featuring a much softer tone than that of the album's songs.

                The That Awkward Moment Soundtrack starts off pretty upbeat, but begins to get grittier and downright sad by the end.  The listener gets the feeling that things are going downhill for our would-be lovebirds throughout the film.  Will they ever find happiness?  We won't know unless we see the film, but in the meantime, we can listen to some pretty interesting tracks that significantly describe the emotions of the film on the That Awkward Moment Soundtrack.


For feedback, visit our message board or e-mail the author at