Twist of Faith
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the romantic drama Twist of Faith, David Julian Hirsch is Jacob Fisher, an Orthodox Jewish Cantor and amateur songwriter who lives in Brooklyn, New York until tragedy destroys the life he once knew. Witnessing the senseless murders of his wife and children, Jacob abandons his identity, wandering aimlessly until he comes to Brent, Alabama and meets Nina (Toni Braxton), a single mother and lead singer of a small gospel choir. It is in the embrace of this gospel community that Jacob finds a renewed sense of faith and a reason to go on living.
The musical score of Twist of Faith was created by Canadian composer Jeff Toyne. Known for blending orchestral sound with cutting edge technology, Toyne has musical scores for film as well as television, including 10 Years Later, Dirty Girl, The Devil You Know, Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story and Rogue.
As soon as I started listening to Twist of Faith, I got the impression that this was a love story featuring religious undertones. The score is a blend of orchestral elements, piano and guitar. Nina's theme wends its way through the entire soundtrack, performed via piano, guitar and flute. The music features a blend of Jewish melodies with that of gospel, creating an incredibly beautiful and uplifting score.
One doesn't always expect such a richly beautiful score for a made-for-TV film, much less a Lifetime Movie, but the Twist of Faith Soundtrack provides that and more. This can easily be enjoyed as a stand alone album, telling a story of faith and love through music. Jeff Toyne has created a beautiful score to go along with this movie that is well worth taking a listen to.