Welcome to the Jungle
Composed By: Karl Preusser
Distributed by: MovieScore Media/Kronos Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Welcome to the Jungle stars Adam Brody as Chris, a workplace weakling with a crush on the human resources manager, Lisa (Megan Boone). The office bully, Phil (Rob Huebel) steals all of his ideas and even his only friend, Jared (Eric Edelstein) calls him a sissy. But when a team-building office adventure into the wilderness led by former Marine Storm Rothchild (Jean-Claude Van Damme) goes horribly wrong, can Chris use his long lost skills to save the day and become the office hero?
The musical score of Welcome to the Jungle was created by American composer Karl Preusser, who started his foray into music by taking piano lessons, studying the guitar and listening to movie soundtracks. Receiving a degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music, Preusser avidly pursued his career choice and quickly became a composer recognized for his creative sound palette. Composing for television and film, Preusser has received acclaim for his work on the film short Songbird, the video game Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight and Seed of Contention.
The Welcome to the Jungle Soundtrack immediately clues the listener in to the comedic genre of the film. The music is a mix of orchestral sound, fake tribal chanting and exotic sounds like tribal drums and other exotic instruments (is that a thumb piano I hear?). There are some serious moments on the soundtrack, but most of it seems tongue-in-cheek and comedy-laced. My favorites are the more exotic tracks featuring tribal percussion and exotic instruments like Journey to the Island, Meet the Savages and The Pit of Destiny.
The Welcome to the Jungle Soundtrack was surprisingly enjoyable and not something that I would have expected from a comedy film score. Sure, there are a great many comedic cues, but the exotic sounds performed by percussion and other exotic instruments add to the uniqueness of the album, making the Welcome to the Jungle Soundtrack one of those albums you don't want to miss.