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Soundtrack Review: The Informant!

The Informant!
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composer: Marvin Hamlisch
Running Time: 36 min.
Released: 2009




Few scores in my music library offer as delightful a listening experience as Marvin Hamlisch’s The Informant! Stylish, witty, and cheerily playful, this retro score is a fun-filled throwback to the likes of Henry Mancini and John Barry. I guarantee that it will put a grin on your face.  If it doesn’t, there’s probably something seriously wrong with you. No joke. Go see a doctor as soon as possible. Better yet, see a coroner. You may not have a pulse.

The album opens with a deceptively somber melody… but trust me, that’s as quiet as things are going to get. The next track, Meet Mark, is a ridiculously catchy combo of flutes, organs, and big brass; while Car Meeting deftly parodies the Barry/Bond guitar theme. The Raid is just plain silly – and I mean that in a good way. Of all the insanely fun pieces of this soundtrack, it’s probably the most insane and the most fun. But just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any stranger, you’re in for a surprise: Polygraph is a bona fide hoedown with fiddles, banjos, and harmonicas. Golf is a short piece, but it’s also big and brassy a la Mancini. The album closes with The Informant (Solo Piano), a jaunty, jazz-kissed piano number. The perfect way to end a perfect score.

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